We explored Georgia‘s traditional and famous Full Day Wine Tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi. Kakheti is an eastern part of Georgia, famous for its fertile lands to cultivate many varieties of grapes. It is believed that Grapevine has been cultivated in Georgia for about 8000 years back and produces 500 varieties of grapes. The word “wine” is derived from the Georgian language in which it is called as “ghvino”. Also many people term Georgia as “Cradle of Wine” because Archaeologists have discovered ancient winemaking clay vessels dating 5th-4th B.C. from this region.
Now we start our Full Day Wine tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi (Georgia)
We visited the local winery by private car guided by English speaking Georgian guide. The duration of this trip is around 9 to 10 hours. We visited “Winery Khareba” which is 7.7 km long, man-made tunnel under Caucasus mountain range in Kakheti region/town at about 85km from Tbilisi(capital city of Georgia also a major airport of this country). As this is a road journey along mountains, the road overlooks beautiful Alzani Valley and many lakes.
After few stops in between for viewing different historical places like Fort, David Gareja Monastery, Signaghi the Lover’s city, Lopota Lake, we reached Khareba Winery.
Packages at Khareba Winery-
Khareba Winery offers four different packages for visitors to purchase –
- Only viewing of tunnels and no Tasting.
- Tunnel Visit & tasting 2 types of Qvevri Wine Tasting.
- Tunnel Visit – Tasting of 4 types of Wine and Learn to Bake of Georgian Bread.
- Same as Third one with 3 add-on varieties to taste plus a barbeque.
We took the 2nd option which is costing about 15 Lari(6 USD Dollars) per person.
All listed packages are inclusive of Guide. We can opt for English or Georgian speaking guided tour across the winery. Blankets are provided at the entrance, as tunnels are chilled because of the natural temperature of Caucasus.
After borrowing blankets, our English speaking guide took us to tunnel part. There are 15 man-made tunnels interconnected and have a natural temperature of 10 degree Celsius to 11 degree Celsius all year round.
She explained the special method of making the Georgian Wines. This method includes grapes pressed (but not filtered) and is kept together for some time. They are then buried underground in clay jars. These clay jars are called “QVEVRI”. Natural temperature of Caucasus mountains helps in the fermentation of grapes juice turning into specially flavored wine. It is said, that in Georgia, many houses have small underground Wine-cellar.
After visiting tunnels and observing the winemaking process, we came to the Wine Tasting part. It is lightly dimmed part of a tunnel with many varieties of wine and Georgian cheese.
Really, it is very much true that Georgian Wines are amazingly sweet.
After tasting we took a small elevator from the tunnel to the top floor for viewing of picturesque countryside, farms, and fields of grape wines surrounding Khareba Winery.
At the exit of Khareba Winery, there is a small shop selling wines, Grape Oil, Cognac and natural forest honey.
Flora and Fauna of this place
Read about how to ruin a day of Wine Tasting by clicking here…. (Pun involved )
After this beautiful and lovely full day Wine tour to Kakheti, we returned to Tbilisi at night. This is a day tour from Tbilisi. Click this link to read other interesting things to do near Tbilisi in Georgia. Visiting Georgia in winters is also fun. Click this to read about what to do in Georgia when it snows.
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