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Vines & History – 1 Day Kartli (Uplistikhe & Mtskheta) Food & Wine Tour

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Visit UNESCO sites, explore a bronze age cave town with epic views of the valley, and explore wines of a less famous wine region (Shida Kartli) with grapes you won’t find in other parts of Georgia. Help make lunch at a family home, and taste their wines. Also bookable as a private tour / out of season.

  • 9:30 am to 8:30 pm (1 Day)
  • Max People : 7
  • Wines: 8+
  • Every Wednesday (June to October)
  • Pickup: Your Central Tbilisi Accommodation
  • Min Age : 18+
  • Visit a boutique family vineyard and taste unique wines made from grapes endemic to the Kartli region. Explore their marani (wine cellar) and Learn about Georgia's 8000 year history of winemaking - the oldest on Earth. Taste 3 wines + a special aged chacha, and enjoy a traditional home cooked lunch.
  • Get lessons from mother on making a local dish: khinkali (soup dumplings) OR Khachapuri (cheese bread) OR Nigvziani Badrijani (Eggplant Rolls ).
  • Take in the history and views at Jvari Monastery (UNESCO, 4th Century).
  • Clamber the rocks at Uplistikhe, a bronze age cave town that was temporarily the capital of the Kartli region while Tbilisi was occupied in the middle ages. (You can stay in the museum if you do not want to climb up to the town).
  • Step into the home of a micro-producing family winery in the Ateni microzone. Taste 5 small batch wines + liqueur, hosted by the winemaker.
  • Explore the old cobbled streets and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta (UNESCO). Take a brief look at the craft and souvenir market.

The above summary relates to weekly scheduled tours. For private tour bookings, this itinerary can run on any date year round, alternative start time, pickup location, under 18s (with guardian), groups larger than 7 etc. Select private or custom tour below. Prices may vary.

The initial listed price 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, even when not booked as a group. If you booked at full price and your tour ends up with 5 or more people after you booked, we will inform you and refund you any owed savings on the day of the tour. Prices vary for private and custom tours as well as any extras you may book.

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!

Location

From Tbilisi to Kartli (Uplistikhe & Mtskheta) and back.

Tour Time

9:30am to 8:30pm (11 Hours). Wednesdays (June to Oct). Or book a private version of this tour any day or time of year (surcharge may apply in some cases)

Pickup / Drop off

Yes, from all central Tbilisi accommodation. Alternative starting point? Book a private tour.

Price Includes

  • All food (large lunch, lighter dinner, snacks and tastings), alcohol and soft drink as listed in the itinerary below. Typically more than listed.
  • Safe driver, with modern, well maintained vehicle, working seatbelts and aircon.
  • Diet: Includes pork or veal, dairy / walnuts / gluten | Alternatives & vegetarian options by advanced request.
  • Entry fees to all locations.
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Purchase of products to take home (Wine, food, souvenirs etc.)
  • Additional food and premium wine beyond the inclusions (but really, there will be plenty already, and we do buy extra in almost all cases where requested).
  • Insurance (liability & travel/health). You should travel with your own insurance.
  • Tips – non-compulsory. Suggested for guides: 90 GEL (30USD) per day per tour group. This is optional, or you can tip more or less.

Private Tour Options (subject to availability and surcharge)

If you need customizations or a different date when this tour is not scheduled to run, submit a private tour enquiry instead of the booking form.

  • Vehicle choice: sedan, 4x4 / SUV, minivan, minibus.
  • Custom itinerary / pickup location. (Note: Pickup en route from Tbilisi to Telavi is normally possible for the scheduled tours)
  • Specialist trained sommelier guide or social host.
  • Choose your start and end time.
  • Any group size (1 to 28 persons, but more on request) or age (under 18s are welcome on private tours).
  • Done this tour before? Book an entirely unique variation with different wineries.
What to Expect

Taste Georgia’s 8,000 Year Wine History Surrounded By Vines & Mountains In The Kakheti Wine Region.

  • You are ready to explore Georgian natural wine but don't want to push your boundaries too far.
  • Low level of physical activity. We mainly hang out at wineries and visit a few essential historic sites.
  • Fast paced trip packing lots of wine, fun and activities into 1 day. For a more relaxing trip, we suggest staying overnight in wine country (2 or 3 day trips).
  • Focused on amber & red wines. Other options available by special request on a private tour booking.
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Itinerary

9:30amPickup and depart Tbilisi (please be ready 10 minutes before)

10:15amJvari Monastery (UNESCO).

Visit the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia (a shrine to the conversion of the king in the 4th century).

11:30amVisit an independent family vineyard.

Explore their unique marani (wine cellar) and Learn about Georgia’s 8000 year history of winemaking – the oldest on Earth. Learn to make a local Georgian dish yourself with the family matriarch. Then taste 3 wines + a special oak aged chacha (Georgian grappa), and enjoy a traditional home cooked lunch along with your hand made creations.

1:30pmDepart.

2:30pmExplore the ancient bronze age cave town of Uplistikhe.

Discover Georgia’s turbulent history of thousands of years of invasions and occupations. Take in the views of the valley, and also visit the museum (optional).

4 PM

Step right into the home of a micro-producing family winery in the Ateni microzone. Taste 5 small batch wines + liqueur, hosted by the winemaker. Nibble on local cheese and homemade snacks.

5:45pmDepart.

6:45pmVisit the old capital of Mtskheta (UNESCO).

Learn about how it was the seat of power before Tbilisi was founded. Walk the old cobbled streets and visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta (UNESCO). Take a brief look at the craft and souvenirs market (optional).

7:45pmDepart.

8:30pmArrive to Tbilisi.

FAQ

Is this tour weather dependent?

Mainly no. The only reason for major changes to the tour based on weather would be during winter if the mountain pass is blocked/dangerous due to snow or ice. In which case the tour can still operate but the driver would have to take the longer route, which will add ~2 hours of driving to the route. Normally in this case though we would suggest an alternative itinerary with some different stops, instead of a longer drive.

What currency do I need to bring?

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.

If I book at full price then the bus fills up, will I get a rebate? And when?

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.

What is cancellation policy?

Information on cancellation and refund policy is here: https://eatthistours.com/terms-conditions-of-service/