Private Tour Introduction:
On this private tour we will take you to East Georgia, Kakheti – region which has one of the richest history, traditions, culture and is considered as birthplace of wine. Kakhetians are very proud of their winemaking traditions, wine grapes have been cultivated in these lands for 8,000 years, which, archaeologists say, makes Kakheti the cradle of wine. The unique Georgian way of making wine was passed on to generations through the ages. UNESCO added the ancient traditional Georgian wine making method using the Kvevri clay jars to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
Kakheti is famous not only with it’s wine, also with diverse and delicious cuisine. The Georgian cuisine in general, is unique to the country, but also carries some influences from other European and nearby Middle Eastern culinary traditions. Each historical province of Georgia has its own distinct culinary tradition. In Kakheti you will be able to taste: traditional white bread baked in huge clay jugs – Tone; Mtsvadi – Grilled pork or beef skewers – one of the most popular dishes, made outdoors, on an open fire; Khinkali – Georgian dumpling made of twisted knobs of dough, stuffed with meat and spices; Khachapuri – traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread; large variety of cheese and vegetarian dishes.
Along the historic sights, we will visit wineries for wine tasting and have lunch and culinary masterclass with local family, who will prepare the food right in front of you and give you the chance to experience Georgian hospitality and taste traditional food.
Tour name: Taste of Georgian Wine and Cuisine.
Route: Kakheti Region.
Tour type: Wine, culinary, historic.
Transportation mode: Comfortable minivan.
Tour duration: one day.
Maximum number of people: 6 people per group.
Meeting point: Pick up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 9 am.
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and take off to Kakheti. Our first stop will be Gremi architectural complex, 16th century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Next stop will be town of Kvareli, for wine tasting we will stop at winery Kindzmarauli Corporation and unique wine cellar “Khareba” located in the tunnel carved out of the rock.
We will visit local family for lunch with traditional food and will taste two types of homemade wine, made in clay jars – Qvevri and Chacha – Georgian analog of grappa. Will have a chance to take a culinary masterclass and be part of the cooking and baking of traditional bread and listen folk songs, which always was important part of Georgian feast – Sufra.
Later in the evening will visit Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town, located at one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers.
Will return back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
Transportation; Guide; Wine factory entrance fee and wine tasting; Visit to local family for culinary masterclass; Georgian traditional feast – Sufra accompanied by live performance of folk songs; Unlimited homemade wine.
P.S. We can include and combine wine tasting tour with the other tours too. We will organize custom tours depending on your interest and amount of days you are planning to stay in Georgia, will provide airport transfers and accommodation bookings, we are open for negotiations.