Georgia Wine Tasting Tour

2
Days
Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Mukhrani, Igoeti, Ambrolauri, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Kaspi

The Georgia Wine Tasting Tour engages all five senses as you roam Georgian wine country to visit monasteries and cathedrals, learn local winemaking methods firsthand and, of course, relish the distinct and heavenly flavors of the country’s finest wines. Your journey, which starts and ends in Tbilisi, will carry you through the sacred reverence of Mtskheta, the life-altering history of Gori, the cave town of Uplistsikhe and the timeless family wineries of Igoeti, Ambrolauri and Kaspi for two incredible days of relaxation.
The country of Georgia is the world’s oldest known wine producer, a heritage honored to this day in the multitude of vineyards, wine cellars and wineries that adorn the countryside. Georgian winemaking is truly unique in that it is still largely produced by family-run businesses using a traditional method known as qvevri, a tedious process that involves storing the wine in clay vessels that are buried underground for months before consumption.

In the morning, meet your driver and guide at your Tbilisi hotel to start your tour. Drive to Mtskheta (25km, 30min), ancient capital of Iberia and a holy pilgrimage site for most Georgians. In Mtskheta you will explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Jvari Orthodox Monastery (6th century), a unique remnant of the early Georgian church built at the top of a hill. The church overlooks the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers and amazes its visitors with simple yet beautiful facades.
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where one of the holiest items of the orthodox Christian world - the seamless robe, or chiton, worn by Jesus Christ at crucifixion - is believed to be buried. Admire the stunning architecture and moving frescoes as you learn the various legends connected with the church.
  • Samtavro Monastery (11th century), former center of the Georgian Orthodox Church and burial site of Wueen Nana and King Mirian, who founded the monastery. The complex attracts many religious pilgrims and includes several churches, bell towers, frescoes and an active convent.
  • Take a walk on the lovely streets of Mtskheta to admire the homes and balconies, or shop for Georgia’s famous national sweet, churchkhela.
Drive west (13km, 20 min) to visit Shio Mgvime Monastery (6th century), an active monastery and unique, sacred site that attracts many religious pilgrims. Enjoy the magnificent view as you explore the cave church, bell tower and chapels.
Continue to Mukhrani Region (33km, 40min), stopping for wine tasting and exploration at Chateau Mukhrani Winery. The winery is a castle with wine cellars and gardens belonging to the royal family of 19th century stateman Ivane Mukhranbatoni.
Afterward, drive through traditional Georgian villages on your way to Igoeti (23km, 30min) for a visit to Ori Marani Wines, a professional French wine maker offering a unique mix of high-quality Georgian and French wines.
Drive towards Racha Region (165km, 3.5hrs) by way of the Nakerala Pass. Have a short rest at picturesque Shaori Lake, surrounded by mountains.
Arrive in Ambrolauri and check in to the hotel. Free time in the evening. Overnight in Ambrolauri.
Meals Provided: lunch, two wine tastings

Enjoy a leisurely morning before beginning a second day of activities:

  • Explore the Sadmeli Winery, a family winery producing wines unique to this region. Traditional qvevri wine making methods, a wine cellar, family atmosphere and beautiful views make this a memorable stop.
  • Drive to Gori (150km, 3.5hrs) a town built by King David the Builder in 1089-1125 and placed on the map by Joseph Stalin, who was born here in 1920. Learn more about the Soviet leader at the Stalin Museum, which includes the house in which Stalin was born, and enjoy the panoramic view of Gori.
  • Continue your tour to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) to explore the ancient cave fortress built entirely from rock. Translated as “Fortress of the Lord”, this amazing town was inhabited across millennia.
  • Your final wine tasting will be at Merebashvili’s Marani Wine Cellar in Kaspi (40km, 45min). Experience Georgian hospitality in this family-run winery as you taste the best qvevri wines in the heart of Georgia.
Depart for Tbilisi (65km, 1hr). Arrive in the capital. End of Georgia Wine Tasting Tour.
Meals Provided: breakfast, lunch, two wine tastings

Price includes:

  • Private, local guide;
  • Entrance fees to the sights and wineries as per itinerary;
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 4 wine tastings;
  • Accommodation in a double/twin room in a 3-star hotel with breakfast (1 night);
  • Mineral water (1 liter per person per day);
  • Transportation throughout the tour.

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