- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Note: Tours may depart with a bilingual Russian/English speaking guide.
schedule Departure Time:
- 09:30 (Arrive For 09:15).
place Departure Points:
- 44 Kote Abkhazi Street.
- 1/3 Pushkin Street, Freedom Square.
- 24 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.
- Approximately 11 Hours.
- Attraction Entry Fees.
About The Kakheti Wine Region Day Tour:
Venture east into the heart of Kakheti, Georgia's wine producing region, for a full day of sightseeing, gastronomy and art. In the company of a local English-speaking guide you'll travel between various towns and villages each with their own viticultural traditions and flavours. The first winery on the itinerary is located just outside the village of Patardzeuli. They offer tastings, guided tours of their fermentation facilities, and a shop should you wish to take home a bottle.
Next you'll be treated to some generous Georgian hospitality at Badiauri Farm, an agritourism centre designed around a beautifully restored 19th century homestead, rural artefacts, and age-old production methods. A friendly host will show you and your group around before starting the all important tasting session. Sample both locally-produced wine and 'Chacha', a Georgian brandy made from grapes. You'll also experience a masterclass in 'Puri' making. Puri is a type of bread traditionally baked in a deep circular clay oven called a tone (similar to tandoor).
At the tour's half-way point you'll learn about one of Georgia's most beloved artists, Niko Pirosmani. Born in the village of Mirzaani, Niko was a 19th century naïve painter, meaning someone who has never undergone formal art training. He was active from the 1870s until his untimely death from Spanish flu in 1918. Posthumously renowned for his simple, illustrative style and depictions of everyday Georgian life, Niko's works have enormous cultural value, with most being displayed in the Tbilisi AMG, and some in the National Museum of the tour's next location. Before heading there you'll have chance to explore the artist's Mirzaani house-museum.
Sighnaghi acts as the spiritual heart of Georgia's Kakheti wine region. Its cobbled streets, colourful homes and spectacular mountain views all contribute to its famous nickname, 'The City of Love'. While you may not be looking to get married here you'll hopefully find your soul enriched by the sights and activities on offer. Visit the 9th century Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by a traditional cookery workshop with Churchkhela (candle candy) and Pelamushi (grape-based dessert) tasting.