Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი) is Georgia’s wine harvest festival. It encompasses the whole process, from picking the grapes, through processing them into the wine vessels (qvevri) and the supra (feast) that follows a successful harvest.
Every family that makes their own wine will have a Rtveli of their own. Each can happen in one day, multiple times, or spread over many days, depending on the size of the harvest for each family and the chosen harvest dates.
Our tours focus on the most authentic harvest experiences possible. We have options for full immersion to attend a Real Family Rtveli in a small group, and help them make their wine for the season. In addition we run regular harvest experience tours, and some special harvest party events.
Click the See Tour Options button to learn about all the different types of tours and dates we have for Rtveli.
The majority of all our guests book our two top tours. We spent 2 years refining these to be the perfect balance of wine, food, history, sightseeing and hospitality. Meet winemakers and share food and drink with them. Explore the wonder and heritage of Georgian wine country.
In addition to our popular scheduled small group tours, we also offer alternative itineraries and fully custom tours. Everything is available to be booked on-demand or as a private group of any size. If you are a sommelier, wine industry professional or journalist we can plan a custom itinerary to meet your exact specialist interests.
From artistically presented modern Georgian cuisine with fine wines, to toasting to the ancestors of Georgia with Bacho the winemaker in his wine cellar while eating the khachapuri his wife prepared for us in their home kitchen. All in one day! Eat This! Tours more than delivered on the authenticity (and quantity + quality!) they promised. I am now recommending their tours to everyone I know going to Georgia. See original review on TripAdvisor.
The most common question we get asked is, why are our tours more expensive than some others? There are a multitude of answers. If you never took our tours before, you’d have no idea how much value you get for the price. Which is why those who do join us, overwhelmingly leave 5 star reviews, recommend us to others and return time and again to take new tours with us.
Our tours cost exactly the price of goods and services (restaurants, wine tastings, home made food, tour guide, vehicles, fuel) + margin for the company (to cover admin staff, marketing and so we make a profit, otherwise the business would close). The margin is about 10% to 30% depending on the type of tour and number of guests. Basically, if you spent years in Georgia researching, making contacts, planning your own trip, you could do the exact same trips as we provide for 10% to 30% less than we charge. But, for that margin, we saved you a lot of time 🙂
The core difference between our tours and cheap trips is that we take you to exclusive, authentic, immersive, private and high quality places, rather than cheap mass tourism wineries and restaurants that offer kickbacks to tour companies that bring tourists. Small groups (max 7) rather than a big bus (10 to 30 people). All-inclusive, extensive wine and food tastings, rather than hidden costs and pay as you go extras at budget venues.
Every level of the experience should connect you with the people of Georgia, whether that is through the stories our guides tell, or the sincere interactions and hospitality of the people you’ll meet at our food and wine locations. Our small group (max 7 people) experiences always maintain a level of real connection.
From making khinkali with mother, toasting the historic cultural toasts with the tamada (toastmaster) to experiencing traditional singing & dancing* in the homes of the Georgian people.
*NOTE: Singing & dancing is not always available, please let us know if you want this experience and we will try to book it in for you.
We weave a picture of Georgia through a combination of hands-on activities and enthusiastic guides & hosts. Because of our small groups, full immersion into the culture is really possible, without feeling like a tourist on the sidelines.
If food & wine are the core reason why you travel, you are not alone. If trying a large variety of different flavors and tastes is your priority, especially if you want to discover some rare dishes and wines that generic food tours ignore, you are in good company. We will introduce you to the classics like khinkali (soup dumplinds) and khachapuri (cheese bread) too, but we also help you experience food & wine culture way off the tourist menu.
Company founder Tommo spent 8+ years in international culinary tourism, blogging/podcasting and traveling to 95+ countries in search of new flavors while reviewing other company’s tours. Tommo finally settled down in Georgia and opened a tour company. This international experience was the perfect vantage point to take all the best ideas from every tour he had joined worldwide, and combine them into one perfect tour experience.
With the help of some excellent Georgian sommeliers and guides, Tommo has weaved balanced tours that every foodie will love while maintaining a strong commitment to international level customer service and exceeding expectations.
Unlike many international led tour companies operating in Georgia, our founder lives in Tbilisi full time. Tommo doesn’t just own the company, he lives it.