Kakheti is one of the most beautiful regions in Georgia. Seventy percent of Georgian wines are produced here. According to legends, the first vine was grown by Noah on the Ararat mountainside, which is not far from Kakheti. Contemporary archeological diggings prove that Kakhetian people knew how to grow vine in ancient times. Wine jars, stone wine presses, founded in Kakheti, are dated up to X millennium BC.
Almost every Kakhetin village is well-known for its own sort of wine; Kindzmarauli, Akhasheni, Teliani, Mukuzani; Called so because of the names of the villages where they are produced.
We visit one of the biggest wine factories in Khakheti, where you can taste and buy some wine.
There are the most beautiful and old churches in Khakheti as well.
In the 4th century, St Nino from Cappadocia adopted Georgia to Christianity (Georgia is one of the first Christian countries in the world, after Roman Empire and Armenia). That’s why she is one of the most adored saints in our country.
In Kakheti you can visit her grave. According to a legend, the place of the grave was chosen by Saint Nino. The king of Kartli, Miriam, who was the first Christian king in Georgia, wanted to transfer the relics to the capital Mtskheta, but they couldn’t move her body.
Tsinandali is an ancestral village of one of the most famous Georgian families – Princes Chavchadze. This family gave to Georgia and to the whole world well-known politics, military leaders, poets and scientists. We will visit the prince wine-cellars with the unique collections.
You can walk in a beautiful park, surrounding the palace, like famous Russian diplomat and writer Alexander Griboedov with his young wife Nina Chavchadze.
A visit to Kakheti without visiting Alazani valley is out of question – it`s very picturesque in every season. There you can taste the real Kindzmarauli, Georgian semi sweet red wine. We will visit one of the biggest wineries. The cellar of this winery is located in the Kvareli in the old castle. There you will learn a lot of interesting things about the wine, how to choose the the wine and how to drink it.
The company Shumi offers a tour that includes a collection vineyard with 432 varieties of grapes, 325 of which are Georgian endemic grape varieties; a museum of wine (the oldest exhibit is 6000 years old), an ethnographic garden, a distiller for forcing Chacha, a “marani” (wine cellar) and an enoteca.
Professional guides in 3 languages (Georgian, English, Russian) will acquaint you with the history of viticulture and winemaking in Georgia, with unique technologies for making wine in the Kvevri (in clay jugs), with Georgian traditions and with the craftsmanship of making Shumi wines.
Children under 6 years – FREE
For children from 6 to 12 years – 50% discount
English speaking guide;
All entrance tickets;
Excursion and degustation in traditional Georgian winery.
Lunch: average bill more 10$