Meeting point: Tbilisi ( the tour includes pick up from the hotel )
Endpoint: Tbilisi ( the tour includes drop off at the hotel )
Available dates: Every day
Pick up time: 10:00
End time: 21:00
Duration: 11 hours
Georgia is a country known for its friendly citizens, yummy food, or fascinating landscapes; it is a country lullaby of a winery. Out of 2000 sorts of wine known in the whole world, 500 originated in Georgia. Kakheti is the region where Georgians produced wine from VI millennia, and we are heading forward.
10:00 Pick up from the hotel
Our guide picks you up from the hotel at 10:00 and takes you to our company for the check-in procedure, then an unforgettable trip begins.
12:00 Gombori Pass
Duration: 15 minutes
Our first stop is Gombori Mountain Range, a section of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. It is located in Kakheti, eastern Georgia, and stretches to 107 km, with the highest mountain – 1,991 m above sea level.
The Gombori range serves as a watershed, separating the Alazani and Iori river valleys, dividing Kakheti into two traditional regions: inner (Shida) and outer (Gare). Several smaller river gorges traverse the slopes of the range. The Alazani passes through the mountain range affecting the overall climatic conditions in the region.
13:00 Shumi Winery and Lunch
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Afterward, we tend to taste wine at Shumi, one of the leaders among high-quality Georgian wines. In ancient Georgia, The word “Shumi” meant genuine, undiluted wine. The company’s logo is a griffin (“Phaskunji” in Georgian mythology), which according to an ancient legend, brought the very first brunch of grapes to the people. After that, people started growing wines on Earth from these grapes.
“SHUMI” produces almost all types of Georgian wine from the high-quality category list (analogous to Bordeaux wine AOC). Besides, the company uses its unique technology to create “lori” brandy, “Kahetian Chacha,” and “Kahetian Chacha special” grape grappas aged in oak barrels, an organic (bio) wine and an original, natural beverage made by exclusive technology, named “Zigu.” After the tour and wine degustation in Shumi Winery, we have lunch at their restaurant.
15:30 Kindzmarauli Corporation
Duration: 1 hour
The history of Corporation Kindzmarauli dates back to 1533 and is connected with the construction of the Kvareli fortress. According to King Levan Didi of Kakheti, the wine Marani (cellar) was erected with other royal buildings. This wine cellar produced wine and molasses (badagi) exclusively for the royal families for much of its history and now has opened to the broader local and international market.
When tasting their wine, the consumer should feel, taste, and smell the unique features of the place where the vines were cultivated to get informed about traditions and history connected with the vineyards. Therefore, the company produces unique and traditional wines with the right to bear the origin’s name and identity. After having a tour of the factory, you can taste some wine as well.
16:45 Ilia Lake and Early Dinner
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ilia lake is called so in honor of the famous Georgian writer – Ilia Chavchavadze. The lake is an artificial lake in the north part of Kakheti, Alazani valley, near town Kvareli, Saperavi grape yards, for wine Kindzmarauli. Tourists often visit the lake during the Kakheti tour to rest; locals come here to spend the whole day near water and rest.
Ilia Lake resort is located right in the heart of Kakheti. Beautiful nature, fresh air, grand boulevard, sports stadiums, boats and cycles for rent, cycling around the lake, good restaurants, and cafes. Here’s everything to have a great time and have dinner.
Tour ends approximately at 21:00.
21:00 Drop off at the hotel