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Tbilisi: Regional Wine Tour in Georgia

1. Tbilisi: Regional Wine Tour in Georgia

Your tour starts in Tbilisi at 9:00AM, at which point you will depart for your first destination, Telavi. This city served as a capital of the Georgian kingdom Kakheti in the late middle ages. Here you will be able to explore its well-preserved palace called Batonis Tsikhe (“Fortress of Master”), which was built between the 17th-18th centuries and was used as a residential place for Kakhetian kings. You can also explore Alaverdi Cathedral, which is the second highest church in Georgia and represents a beautiful 11th century Georgian architecture. Following this, you will visit the Qvevri Wine Museum in Nafareuli. Georgia is widely considered as a cradle of wine. The wine culture was widespread in Georgia since the 6th millennium B.C., and since that time, wine has been produced by special methods. The most famous of these methods is using huge clay earthenware vessels called Qvevri, and in the Qvevri Museum, you will find out Georgian wine making methods in detail. Near the museum is the Twins Winery where you can taste three Georgian Qvevri wines made by Rkatsiteli, Kakhetian Green and Saperavi. Following this, you will visit Gremi, a 16th century architectural complex including the Royal Citadel and the Church of the Archangels. Here you will discover how Georgian (Kakhetian) kings lived, including their clothes, furniture and other items. Afterwards you will experience the Kindzmarauli Corporation, one of the largest wineries in Georgia where you will taste 4 different kinds of wines. Finally, you will visit the Tsinadali Museum, which is a historic winery that once belonged to the aristocratic Chavchavadze family. Your full-day tour will then end at 8:00PM, at which point you will be returned to Tbilisi.

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Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

2. Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Baku You will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. This is a free day. Day 2: Baku - Aghsu - Ismayilli Your journey will start with Azgranata where you will have exciting pomegranate wine. The Az-Granata winery was built with the establishment of one of the largest fruit juice producers in the South Caucasus region of Az-Granata LLC, established in 2011. The plant located in Aghsu was built on a plot of 5.5 hectares. The area of the main covered part of the plant is 20,500 m2. The plant operates shops for the reception and primary processing of fruit, the production of alcohol, the production and bottling of wine and other spirits. The plant is equipped with equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and France. Az-Granata has grape and pomegranate gardens of 450 and 400 hectares, respectively. Pomegranate gardens are organic and certified by the German Institute Lacon GmbH. Fruit gardens, their methods of cultivation and production are regularly checked by local and foreign specialists. In the gardens, a drip irrigation system is used. The grapes grown are Sultanina, Prima, Cardinal, Alfons Lavalle, Medrese, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. The variations of pomegranate grown are Gyulyovsha, Pink Gyulovsha, Kirmzyzy-kabukh, Nazik-kabukh, Bala Muralsal, Afgan, and others. At Azgranata winery, you will have an unlimited number of wine tastings, including pomegranate wine tasting and organic sparkling wine made of pomegranate, the first in the world, with snacks. You will then be taken to Shato Monolit Winery/Guesthouse where you will have a guided tour through the vineyards, visit the winery, watch the process of wine production and storage in one of the largest wine cellars of Azerbaijan, Chabiant Wine tasting. You will stay overnight at Shato Monolit Guesthouse. Day 3: Ismayilli - Qabala - Ganja The next day after breakfast, you will be taken to Savalan, crystal-clear water cascading down from the great Caucasus Mountains, winding its way through the lavish land in the foothills of the valley and suffusing the sun-bathed vines. These ripe, abundant grapes are then collected and handled with care and love before being transformed by the apparent magic of a master into wine. This is what happens every year in the Savalan valley. On the slopes of the Greater Caucasus ridge and in unique climatic conditions there exists 350 hectare vineyards where 22 wine grape varieties and 12 table grape varieties are grown including, but not limited to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Riesling, Moscato White, Aleatico, Traminer and Verdejo. Most are the yield of seedlings from leading companies like Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR) and France’s Gontard Freres. The vines grow 400 meters above sea level, surrounded by the river, where the average temperature, the amount of precipitation and daily and an annual ratio of sunshine hours consummately combine integrate with each other and create the most favorable conditions for growing grapes. Nowadays a large winery, with state-of-the-art from a technological point of view, is used to create unique wines in the best traditions of international quality. The products are constantly tested at the most advanced plant laboratory and are stored inside high-quality oak barrels produced in France and İtaly. After finishing with Savalan, you will be taken to Ganja where the first winemaking factory in Azerbaijan is located. It is one of the oldest winemaking plants in the South Caucasus, Goygol Wine Factory, which has a history of 150 years. Established in 1860 by Schwab’s Germans, who were then inhabited by present-day Yelenendorf in Goygol. When the Germans lived in this area, that area was called the Hanik village, where the Oguz tribe lived. In 1862 the Joint Force Brotherhood was established. This society was led by X. Forer and his sons Gottlob, Friedrich, Henryk, and Christofer. At that time, the Gummel Brothers Trade House was established, with H.Gummel and his sons Jacob, Albert, Georgie, and Gothlib. The management of the two communities was in Yelenendorf, their representations and sales centers functioned in Ganja, Baku, Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Tomsk, and Batumi. On August 8, 1922, the Concordia Cooperative, established on the basis of this plant, was the largest wine-making farm in the Caucasus, producing wine, cognac, and vodka at that time. Thirteen types of grapes are cultivated at Goygol Wine Processing Company. Goygol Wine Factory OJSC has a vast area of 517 hectares of high quality local and European grape varieties. Breaded grape tins are derived from Gontard Freresepinieres Viticles, France’s well-known companies and Italy’s Vivai Marci, adapted to local conditions. Currently, the Grape and Grape varieties grow in the Goygol and Samukh regions of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Saperavi, Madrasa, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Rkasiteli, Grenas, Muskat, Bayan-juir, grape varieties. After finishing with the winery, you will overnight in a hotel in Ganja. Day 4: Georgia - Azerbaijan border - Sighnaghi - Bodbe - Kvareli - Shilda After breakfast, you will leave for Georgia. You will continue your journey around the Kakheti Region. This time you will have an excursion in the city of love, Sighnaghi, with its houses in European style, and monastery of Bodbe, where is buried St. Nino, Enlightener of Georgians. Then Traveling to Kvareli Village. Next, you will see one of the main attractions of the Kakheti region,  the Khareba Wine Tunnel. The tunnel is located in the rock and has a natural ideal temperature for storing wine. About 25,000 bottles of Georgian wine are stored here. You will have the opportunity to taste the best varieties of Georgian wine, Chacha, take part in a master class of baking Georgian bread and prepare a traditional Georgian dessert,  Churchkhela, as well as wrapping Khinkali, baking Khachapuri and preparing Shashlik. In the evening you will accommodate at the hotel Shaloshvili’s cellar in Village Shilda, taste wine from the Shaloshvili’s cellar and spend the night in this hotel. Day 5: Shilda - Tsinandali - Shumi - Tbilisi. After breakfast, you will move to the house-museum of famous Georgian poet Alexander Chavchavadze in Tsinandali Village. Tsinandali Estate is the cradle of classical winemaking of Georgia, the place where Georgian wine was first bottled. Saperavi of 1841 and other 19th-century historical vintages are still preserved at Princely Collection. In the collection starting from 1814, one can find Tsinandali, Saperavi, Chateau Lafitte, Chateau d’Yquem and other legends of the period. You will taste five taps of wine and Chacha here and continue your trip to Shumi Winery. Shumi owns vineyards in unique micro-zones, famous for their geographical locations. The winery, built in 2001 is furnished with the state-of-the-art equipment, enabling control of all stages of the winemaking process, and is considered as one of the best in Georgia. You will have an excursion in winemaking Shumi, and you will taste four kinds of premium-class wine. At the end of the day, you will travel to Tbilisi and accommodate at the hotel. Day 6: Tbilisi city Tour. Excursion to Chateau Mukhrani. After breakfast, your acquaintance with the capital of Georgia will begin. You will see the main sights of the city: the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity). Then you will move to the very center of the old city, where you will see Metekhi rock, hanging over the bank of the river Kura, on which the old Church of the Assumption stands picturesquely, and the equestrian statue of the king of Georgia, Vakhtang Gorgasali, decorates the church in front. Walking along the modern Rike Park in the center of the capital, where the famous Peace Bridge is located, you will continue your tour and take the cable car to the ruins of the ancient fortress Narikala, which has guarded the city of Tbilisi since the 4th century. Acquaintance with the capital will end in the area of the city Abanotubani and its hot sulfur springs, from which, according to legend, the history of the founding of the city began. Then you will move to the surrounding of the capital, village Natakhtari, where you are awaited by Chateau Mukhrani. This is the first and the only true Georgian Royal Chateau, which unites four key components: vineyards, winery, castle, and history. You will have a tour around Chateau Mukhrani. The guide will tell you the history of the Georgian royal family, discover the art of Chateau’s winemaking and taste four kinds of premium wine and Chacha. In the evening you will return to Tbilisi. Day 7: Transfer to airport After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.

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From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to East Georgia

3. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to East Georgia

Day 1: Tbilisi - David Gareji - Village Badiauri - Bodbe - Signagi - Telavi (driving distance: 300 kilometers) Start with a pick-up at 09:30 from the hotel of your stay in Tbilisi. Departure from Tbilisi early in the morning, to the direction of David Gareji cave monastery (driving distance 100 kilometers). Davit-Gareji is a rock-hewn Georgian orthodox monastery complex, that was established in the 6th-century by holy father David, one of the thirteen Assyrian monks, who arrived to Georgia and preached the name of Christ. Next destination is village Badiauri where you can see how Georgian bread is baked with great aroma and crispy edges. From Badiauri, continue your way to Bodbe Monastery. Visit one of the most famous monasteries and holy places for Georgian people where St. Nino is buried, who brought Christianity to Georgia in the beginning of 4th-century.  Afterwards, guests will have an opportunity to visit Signagi. Buildings in the city built in the style of southern Italian Classicism with Georgian elements. The city is surrounded with high defending walls, 4 kilometers in length. A few years ago, Signagi was restored and constructed. Since then, many tourists have visited the city to enjoy the stunning panorama, which opens onto Alazani Valley. The town’s architecture is unique with old and the modern components. Today, Signagi has additional status as the 'City of Love.' The last destination of the day is Telavi, the main city of Georgia’s eastern part - Kakheti. Overnight in Telavi. Either in a family type GH or 3-star Hotel “Old Telavi.” Day 2: Alaverdi Cathedral - Napareuli wine cellar - Factory of Eniseli - Gremi Fortress - Kvareli Wine Tunnels - Tsinandali - Schuchman Wine  Cellar - through Gombori Pass to Tbilisi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) In the morning, you first destination will be Alaverdi Cathedral (11th-century) one of the most important orthodox monuments in Georgia. (In the tentative list of UNESCO from 2007). Next, drive to village Napareuli and visit Twins Wine Cellar and Wine Museum, where you can taste 3 different sort of wines. From Napareuli, tour continues to Gremi Fortress that was the main city of the Kakheti region till 16th-century. Nowadays, Gremi is impressive with its wonderful location and surrounding views. On the way to Kvareli, guests can visit the factory of Eniseli and taste local wine there. Afterwards, the trip goes to the small city of Kvareli to Wine Tunnels under the mountains of the Great Caucasus. Total length of the tunnels is 8 kilometers. On the way back to Tbilisi, the guests can choose between either visiting Prince Chavchavadze Palace (19th-century) with a wonderful French park or one more wine tasting with a stop in the beautiful Chateau of Schuchman in the village of Kisiskhevi. At the end of the tour through Gombori Pass, arrive back to Tbilisi and be dropped off at your accommodation in Tbilisi.

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From Tbilisi: Wine Tour of Telavi and Tsinandali

4. From Tbilisi: Wine Tour of Telavi and Tsinandali

Spend a day exploring the quaint towns of Telavi and Tsinandali and tasting their best wines with an experienced guide.  After pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi, your driver/guide will take you out to the wine region of Kakheti. On the way, stop off at the ruins of Ujarma Fortress, which dates back to the 3rd century. The road leading to Kakheti also lies through the magnificent Gombori mountain pass, one of the most beautiful places in all of Georgia.   Arrive in the wine town of Telavi, where you’ll have a quick city tour and visit one of the most famous wineries there. Taste some exquisite local wines before heading off to an historic winery and house-turned-museum in Tsinandali dating from the 19th century, which belonged to Alexander Chavchavadze. After a stroll through the divine green park surrounding the museum, head inside and into its cellar where you’ll try 5 types of wine and learn all about Georgian wine in conversation with the sommelier.   In the evening, your guide will take care of transportation back to your hotel.

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