History & Wine of Georgia
• Tblisi • Telavi • Mtskheta • Kazbegi
Archaeologists have found evidence of wine making on 8,000 year old pottery shards, making Georgia the world's oldest wine producer. Georgia's white wines stay in contact with their skins, stalks and pips for months and ferment in qvevri, clay pots buried in the ground. Come and explore the history, and wine, of this hot, new destination for yourself.
Day 1: Tbilisi You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival in Tbilisi.
Day 2: Tbilisi Acquaint yourself with Georgia's capital on a city tour, followed by lunch at a traditional restaurant. Dinner tonight is at Funicular, offering some of Tbilisi's finest dining.
Day 3: Tbilisi > Telavi > Kvareli Explore the Kakheti region, the birthplace of viticulture and wine-making, with over 500 varieties of vine. Visit Tsinandali Family Estate and wine cellar along with a local farmers' market to discover all ingredients Georgians use for cooking. A cooking demonstration and wine tasting will follow. Afternoon visit to Temi Community Project, a community run farm producing organic food and wine.
Day 4: Kvareli > Sighnaghi > Tbilisi Visit the 9th century Bodbe Nunnery, where St Nino, the female evangelist of Georgians, is buried. Lunch and wine tasting at Pheasant's Tears, a winery producing artisanal wines according to ancient Georgian traditions. Explore Sighnaghi, one of Georgia's most attractive towns, famous for its wine and carpet making culture. Walk the narrow streets in the shadow of wooden balconies richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments.
Day 5: Tbilisi > Mtskheta > Chateau Mukhrani > Kazbegi Drive to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Visit Jvari, the 6th century cross-shaped monastery, and the fortified cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, where the Robe of Christ is buried. Lunch and wine tasting at Chateau Mukgrani Winery. Continue to Ananuri Architectural complex, overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Arrive in the small town of Kazbegi and visit Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, located at 2170 metres under Mt Kazbek.
Day 6: Kazbegi > Uplistsikhe > Iago Winery > Tbilisi Visit Uplistsikhe, the "Fortress of God", notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Here you can see ancient wine presses carved in stone. Visit Iago's winery. He is passionate about producing Georgian traditional quality wines using qvevri (clay vessels buried underground).
Day 7: Tbilisi Transfer to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey • 6 nights' accommodation • English-speaking local guides • All transfers and transportation by comfortable vehicle • 4 wine tastings and entrance fees • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
Pricing (per person) $NZD