Full Day Wine Tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi – Georgia

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 Georgian language in which it is called as “ghvino”.  Also many people term Georgia as “Cradle of Wine” because Archaeologists have discovered ancient wine making clay vessels dating 5th-4th B.C. from this region.

Grapes from Georgia
Grapes from Georgia

Now we start our Full Day Wine tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi (Georgia)

We visited 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.  

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Alzani Valley

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.

Khareba Winery
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 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 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 natural temperature of 10 degree Celsius to 11 degree Celsius all year round. 

Tunnels of Khareba Winery

 She explained the special method of making the Georgian Wines. This method includes grapes pressed (but not filtered) and are 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 fermentation of grapes juice  turning  into specially flavored wine.  It is said, that in Georgia, many houses have small underground Wine-cellar .  

Qvevri clay vessel
Qvevri clay vessel

After visiting tunnels and observing the wine making process, we came to Wine Tasting part.  It is lightly dimmed part of tunnel with many varieties of wine and Georgian cheese.

CHEERS ! 

Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting with my guide

Really,  it is very much true that Georgian Wines are amazingly sweet.

After tasting we took a small elevator from tunnel to the top floor for viewing of picturesque country-side, farms and fields of grape wines surrounding Khareba Winery.  

At exit of Khareba Winery there is a small shop selling wines, Grape Oil, Cognac and natural forest honey.

Flora and Fauna of this place 

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ANCIENT QVEVRI ON DISPLAY – Wine making clay vessel

After this beautiful and lovely Winery tour 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.

Before going to Georgia read these tips what you should know……………

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44 Comments

  1. It looks like you had an interesting tour. The price for the tour tour you took is very good for what you got. I personally probably would of gone for the BBQ option! I was surprised at how cold it was.

  2. I just did a three-day wine tour in Italy and I loved discovering new things and tastes of wine. But I did not hear anything about wine being buried underground in clay jars. I guess it’s a special Georgian technique. Sounds like a fun tour! 🙂

  3. I would have never guessed that Georgia is the cradle of wine. Since there’s a long history of wine making in this country, I am sure the wine is divine. I prefer rose wines. Did they have any?

  4. That looks like the most amazing wine tour! Their technique is so different from wine making in the US. I’d be so curious to taste their wines.

  5. I’m so sad I wasn’t able to spend more time in Georgia when we drove through. It really looked like such a beautiful country. I had heard a lot about Georgian wine as well; though I’m allergic so I’ll never be able to taste :(! Woe is me.

  6. What an amazing experience! I’ve wanted to go to Georgia for ages, but it always makes me think of mountain views and hiking, not wine. Definitely something to add to the list for when we finally make it!

  7. oh the winery seems like heaven! I really enjoy wine, and enjoy the different taste from one place to the other, so that would be a perfect place for me to visit in Georgia!

  8. What a fun experience! The view from Alzani Valley is breathtaking! I would probably opt for the 2nd option as well, and for only $6 it’s a steal! I’m usually not a big fan of sweet wines, but I would give these a try! Definitely adding it to my list of things to do in Georgia when I finally make it there!

  9. I don’t drink wine, but I love touring wineries. It’s such an amazing part of a country’s culture and history, and every winery is uniquely beautiful. The Alzani Valley is stunning and I wouldn’t mind touring around there! Or visiting Georgia for that matter!

  10. Being a wine lover, I’d totally love to visit this place. Full day wine tour would be just perfect. I’ve been to whisky and beer tours but never a wine tour. I’ve actually never heard of Georgian wine, when compared to Spanish or French wines! Its also priced so economical, that’s super cool. I won’t miss it when I visit Georgia.

  11. I love wines and you had me at wine tour! I am totally up for this experience. I haven’t been to a winery before and your post made me so excited to give it a try!

  12. Now that is a tour I would love, seeing the grape vineyard and then the whole aging process. Well covered by you in this post. Those pictures must have been hard to take given the low lights. Did you use the flash for it?

  13. I never thought that Georgia would have such good wine before reading this. So interesting to know it was the cradle of wine. Khareba winery and the surrounding landscape looks great, one to really add to my list.

  14. Tasting wine on such a beautiful environment would be a feeling I’ve never experienced. And it’s nice that they have such a treat as you had for the less. I’d love a visit to Khareba winery and treat myself to a wine tour.

  15. Wine trails like these are so enriching. I had heard good things about Georgia but no one talked about this. Even I would have chosen the second option. At just 6 USD per person, it is quite reasonably priced as well.

  16. We have heard a lot about the wine in Georgia. Not only it, but the great cheese coming from each little village around the country. We can’t imagine the mix of the two and can’t wait to be able to go soon!

  17. What a fascinating tour and the prices are really affordable. I have had Georgia on my bucket list for a while and would love to do this kind of tour. I know nothing about wines or vintages but I know I like a sweet wine so this sounds perfect for a non wine loving person like me…lol….love your pictures as well by the way.

  18. Looks like a fantastic tour. I’m not a huge fan of sweet wine, but when in Georgia, I would love to try their wines just for the experience. I’ve been hearing a lot about this area and the wines here. Looks like a full fun day!

  19. We are wine lovers and so this sounds right up our street! Would love to try the different wines, it looks so pretty and picturesque from your pictures. Will definitely keep this in mind if we make it to Georgia!

  20. This blog has been a good find for me, I literally had no idea that Georgia was so famous for its wine, and I LOVE wine! Very interesting to know the origin of the word too. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  21. I have never experienced a wine tasting before, but I think the process behind how they make wine is completely fascinating and a real artistic component to it. I actually just met a couple on the train to Berlin who were from Georgia and were the sweetest, most laid back people. I will definitely be looking into visiting this country in the near future.

  22. This tour is definitely worth taking. The title cradle of wine itself promises what a lot it has to offer!
    Though not a regular wine taker I do love to taste the different varieties. Need to get to Georgia some day.

  23. A wine tour seems like a great way to spend the day, especially perfect for those who love wine! I love rustic feel of the tunnels but all the beautiful greenery on the outside. Will keep this winery in mind if I find myself in Georgia!

  24. This is a kind of travel I love to do. A day trip to this winery ,tasting it with local and spending a day there , what else do you want. I loved the vineyards and the landscapes around it. The top shot of that tall building is superb. Thanks for sharing. Loved reading about it.

  25. So interesting! I didn’t know Georgia had this wine history. How fascinating learning about the winemaking process – especially how it is stored in the underground clay pots. Great experience!

  26. This is lovely and reminds me a lot of the tours my husband and I took when we visited California’s wine country a few years ago. We took a train that went 36 miles all around Napa Valley, stopping at some pretty amazing wineries along the way. Not only was the scenery incredible, but the wine was as well! x

  27. So interesting! I didn’t know Georgia had this wine history. How fascinating learning about the winemaking process – especially how it is stored in the underground clay pots. Great experience!

  28. I will visit Tbilisi in January but I don’t think a wine tour would be possible then? If they are possible I’d love to take one, I’d love to visit the sites on the way there too. The packages available are interesting, I’d have to go for one which involved wine tasting as well – maybe the BBQ option too!

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