Georgian travel photo of a vineyard in Kakheti, by the sightseeing travel agency Laerton Tours, in Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgian travel photo of the town of Signagi, in the region of Kakheti, by the sightseeing travel agency Laerton Tours, in the country of Georgia
Georgian travel photo of the Chavchavadze House-Museum in Tsinandali in the region of Kakheti, by the sightseeing travel agency Laerton Tours, in the country of Georgia

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A Wine Tour of the Kakheti Region

Bodbe, Sighnaghi and Tsinandali

Wine has been produced in Georgia since Neolithic times, some 8,000 years ago. The fertile valleys of the southern Caucasus are the source of many of the World’s cultivated grapevines. Indeed, many of the best Georgian wines come from the Kakheti region. Also, in the Kakheti region, there is the tomb of Saint Nino. Unusually, she is revered as the female Saint who brought Christianity to Georgia, and thus founded Georgian Orthodox Christianity, as it has become today. Furthermore, the unique shape of the Georgian Christian cross (arms angled & slightly curved downwards) is attributed to the preaching of Saint Nino.

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Overview

Destination: Bodbe, Sighnaghi and Tsinandali
Duration: 1 Day
Type: Group or Individual tour
From: $180
Next date: Flexible

Itinerary

Day 1
  • 8:00am Departure from Tbilisi, towards Bodbe Monastery in the Kakheti region.

  • Arrival at the Saint Nino and Saint George Monastery complex, dated to the 11th century. The Church in the complex contains the tomb of Saint Nino. The Church is run by a younger generation of nuns who manage the gardened complex and slowly restore it, by means of visitor donations. Unbelievably, during Soviet times, it was used as a building to store fertilizer, damaging the centuries old frescos which decorate the inside of the Church.
  • Arrival at the small town of Sighnaghi, which is located on a plateau of a small mountain. The economy of Sighnaghi is dominated by wine production and tourism, with the entire town having been recently renovated with funds from the Georgian government and international organisations. Sighnaghi has a history which extends back to Palaeolithic times (before 8,000 BC) and there is a museum with some very ancient artefacts and a fortress to visit, as well.
  • 2:00-3:00pm Lunch break.

  • Arrival at the estate and art museum, that once belonged to Aleksandre Chavchavadze, who was a Georgian polymath and wine producer. Officially, the place is known as the “Aleksandre Chavchavadze House-Museum”. Apart from being a poet, public benefactor, military figure and ‘father’ of Georgian romanticism, he also built a winery where he combined European and Georgian winemaking traditions. In fact, the winery that he started continues today and it is even possible to taste different kinds of wine such as "Tsinandali", "Khvanchkar", "Mukuzani", "Saferavi", and "Rkatsiteli".
  • Arrival at the Twins Wine Cellar, in the village of Napareuli. The Twins Wine Cellar is so called because it was established by the twin brothers Gia and Gela Gamtkitsulashvili. It is also a wine museum and, of course, wine tasting is heartily encouraged.
  • 9:00pm Return to Tbilisi.

Included

Premium Package
  • All transportation costs
  • An English speaking Georgian Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees for all the tourist attractions (Museums etc.).
Basic Package
  • All transportation costs
  • An English speaking Georgian Tour Guide

Prices

Premium Package
  • $400
Basic Package
  • $180

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