Bolnisi Tour: Extraordinarily diverse wine, food, ancient history, and culture, all packed into a single-day tour. Discover the oldest evidence of hominin life outside of Africa (1.85 million years) at the Dmanisi archeological site. Explore 8000 years of wine history in the valley where the oldest evidence of winemaking on Earth was discovered.
Visit 19th-century German wine cellars and historic buildings in the settlements of Bolnisi (Katherinfeld) and Asureti (Elisabethal) taste a variety of artisan wines made with a blend of Georgian & German technology. Feast on traditional dishes with the winemakers at their family homes. As if this wasn’t already enough, marvel at the stunning scenery of green hills, mountains, and canyons along the Mashavera River Valley.
Premium authentic, small group, indulgently all-inclusive lunch & dinner with plenty of wine! Visit 3 wineries total, taste 10+ wines across 2+ wine appellations. Also bookable as a private tour / out of season.
Our premium tours are priced higher than budget or mid-range competitors due to our dedication to exclusivity, quality, authenticity, and fair compensation to guides and small family winemakers.
Our philosophy on price is: What is better value for money, a unique boutique dinner with premium wine, or eating a supermarket sandwich on a park bench with a nice view? Either experience could get a 5 star review, if the quality meets the price tag and exceeds your personal expectations.
Although we understand our prices may not suit everyone, we guarantee premium experiences surpassing cheaper alternatives, to which our past guests overwhelmingly give 5 star reviews and agree are genuinely worth the price tag. Learn why, below.
Eat This! Tours (Premium)
Typical Budget Tours
Small groups (max 7, on scheduled tours).
Larger groups (15 to 30).
All-Inclusive, lunch and dinner.
Lunch only, at extra charge (PAYG).
Meet the winemaker (at least one per day on every trip). And experienced wine hosts. Take your time exploring wines.
Served wine by junior staff at the cellar door. Get in and get out.
Taste many small-batch artisan wines. All wine tasting (large pours) included during tour hours.
Taste a few mass-produced wines. Additional wine at extra charge.
Variety of family micro-producers / artisans and high-class vineyards and chateaus.
Visit wine factories (1 million+ bottle production) with mass-market wines.
Exclusive family meal with a winemaker at their home winery. (We also offer premium wine pairing tasting menus on some tours)
Budget restaurant with tourist menu, at extra charge.
Elevated home-made cuisine, unique dishes, boutique chef.
Typical standard dishes you will find in every restaurant around Georgia.
Fair pay to good people. We pay our staff and winemakers above average rates for top service. Quality and sustainability over profit.
Focus on cheap places, lowest price and quality, places that offer kickbacks (commissions) to bring people.
You never leave hungry or sober (optional), you will discover true Georgian hospitality right at the source.
If you have time during the trip you can pay extra for enough food and wine.
Specialist, immersive food and wine focus with a little sightseeing. Indulge, connect, never want to go home.
Sightseeing focus with some wine and food stops. See, quick taste, go home.
Our tours are priced with the exact cost (with fair pay to vendors) plus a 5% to 25% margin (depending on tour type and the number of guests) to pay our admin staff and be in profit (otherwise the business would close).
The above summary relates to scheduled tours. For private tour bookings, this itinerary can run on any date year-round, alternative start time, pickup location (if not from a location listed below as a possible pickup), under 18s (with guardian), groups larger than 7 etc. Select private or custom tour below. Prices may vary.
The initial listed price is based on 1 adult traveling in a group of 7 people on a scheduled tour. Full pricing info is below.
Important: Wine tasting servings are big. No budget sip-and-go tastings with our company. Monitor your own drinking and enjoy a fun wine day!
From Tbilisi to Bolnisi and back.
Taste Georgia’s 8,000 Year Wine History Surrounded By Vines & Mountains In The Kakheti Wine Region.
The pricing listed in the booking form is the maximum price you will pay. As the tour fills up, we can offer additional discounts. Even if you book solo, if enough other people join the group, you will pay less. We email you the final price a day or 2 before your trip commences. The trip needs 2 adults minimum to run, but you can also book solo as others will likely join you even if you are the first to book a specific date.
|2 Adults||3 to 4 Adults||5 to 6 Adults||7 Adults|
|495 GEL pp||480 GEL pp||450 GEL pp||430 GEL pp|
If traveling with children under 18, you must book a private tour.
NOTE: We work with many small family wineries. Photos represent the typical places you will visit but it is impossible to guarantee 100% that the exact wineries pictured will all be visited on every tour. We follow the same itinerary and inclusions/experiences each time, but substitutions of wineries and slight changes in timings often happen.
See traditional German buildings in central Bolnisi (30 minutes drive/walk). * Former Cathedral * Listed buildings along King Pharnavaz st. * Recently renovated doctor’s house.
Drive through the scenic gorge then hIke up (10 minutes) to the historic Virgin Mary church for lovely views of the canyon and valley, and visit the archeological dig site where the oldest remains of Homminin life in Europe (1.85M years) have been discovered.
Kveshi Fortress – OPTIONAL, make a quick stop at a small medieval fortress on the hill.
Zedashe (St. Peter & Paul’s Monastery). Head up to the monastery for incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the whole valley.
Take a short walk along the central street of the 19th-Century German settlement of Asureti. See traditional buildings and the historic Cathedral.
Wine tasting & light dinner. Visit an old German house and traditional wine cellar to try 2 homemade wines, including the local varietal “Aseretuli Shala”. Top up from your lunch feast with a light dinner of local homemade dishes.
No. The tour runs in all weathers but note that if it is heavy rain then access to the Dmanisi site is quite muddy and may not happen. We’d go to Bolnisi museum instead, which includes all the information in a modern indoor environment.
The only currency accepted by vendors for buying wine/gifts etc. to take home, is the national currency GEL. You can get this from any ATM and your driver will be happy to stop at one.
Purchase of our tours is normally in GEL based on the current exchange rate for the USD pricing of the tours. We’ll advise you of the exchange rate by email shortly before the tour date.
The initial standard price listed on our tour webpages is based on 1 adult traveling in a group of 2 to 4 people on a scheduled tour. Groups of 5 or more adults receive discounts. If you booked at full price and your tour ends up with 5 or more people after you booked, we will refund you any owed savings. This is done on the morning of the tour to ensure we know the exact number of people who actually took the tour, and can account for last minute sign ups and no-shows when calculating the final price.
The final discount will vary depending on the exact number of guests in the vehicle. We always honor discounts and will normally contact you about the expected final price the day before your tour, if it has changed since you initial booking.
Prices vary for private and custom tours (we’ll give you an exact quote based on what you want to book) as well as any extras you may book in addition to the scheduled tours.
The price you pay is the exact price it costs us to run the service (paying guides and vendors for what they provide etc.) plus a margin of 10% to 30% to cover marketing costs, office staff, and so we run at a profit (otherwise we’ll go out of business!). The margin depends on the amount of people, and type of tour. We actually subsidize tours with only 2 people on, out of our margin, to keep our pricing competitive, and because we’d rather have our guides out and getting paid, than get greedy and penalize small groups.
We always try to price transparently and as fairly as possible and to pay guides and vendors above average in order to retain the best people.
Information on cancellation and refund policy is here: https://eatthistours.com/terms-conditions-of-service/
4 Days per week (May to Oct). Every Sun (Nov to Mar) and on-demand daily, year-round. Most diverse wine trip. 6-course pairing menu lunch. Family dinner. Visit the mountain village of Signagi with stunning views of the Caucasus mountains. Visit 3 wineries, taste 11+ wines across 2+ wine appellations (PDO).
EVERY Tue / Thu / Sat (Apr-Aug. Replaced by harvest tour (Sept/Oct). Every Thu (Nov to Mar) and on-demand daily, year-round. 1-day tour taking a deep dive into traditional wine & food culture/history in Georgia’s most popular wine region, Kakheti. A fun, relatively busy day.