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Vines & Mountains – 1 Day Kakheti (Telavi) Food & Wine Tour (Meet The Wine Artisans!)

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Why Book With Us?

  • Premium Authentic, All-Inclusive Tours
  • Meet Winemakers In-Person On Every Tour
  • Expat (British) Managed Georgian Team
  • Flexible Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Kakheti Wine Tour (Telavi Wine Tour): Our most in-depth, all-artisan 1-day food & wine tour. Visit Georgia’s most popular wine region, Kakheti, for a 100% artisan experience: Mini cooking class with mother, enjoy elevated home-cooked Georgian cuisine and taste a wide variety of small-batch, hand-crafted bio qvevri wines – taste in-person with the winemakers.

Premium authentic, small group, indulgently all-inclusive lunch & dinner with plenty of wine!

From Dec to Mar, this tour is replaced with our Signagi Winter Wine Tour.

Also bookable on-demand or as a private tour / out-of-season all year round. Surcharges may apply.

  • 8:30 am to 9 pm (1 Day)
  • Max People : 7
  • Wines: 9+
  • 5 Days Per Week (Apr to Aug) | Replaced by harvest tour Sept/Oct
  • Pickup: Your Central Tbilisi Accommodation. Or Telavi/Tsinandali.
  • Min Age : 18+

Why are your tours quite a high price?

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 meals with a winemaker at their home winery.
Budget restaurant with tourist menu, at extra charge.
Elevated home-made cuisine, unique dishes and classics.
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).

  • Fully-indulgent, premium authentic, all-Inclusive artisan food & wine tour with lunch & dinner. Exploration into Georgian artisan/natural wine. Large pours and refills (optional).
  • Visit an independent vineyard with panoramic Caucasus mountain views, taste traditional qvevri (clay amphorae) natural wines and eat excellent, elevated homestyle Georgian cuisine.
  • Immerse yourself in the passion of a dedicated artisan winemaker at their winery, sampling their exclusive micro-produced wines (<10,000 bottles per year). Learn about Georgia's 8000 year history of winemaking - the oldest on Earth.
  • Stop at a home qvevri production (UNESCO intangible heritage) workshop. Witness how this ancient wine-making equipment is crafted and embrace the opportunity to get closer to this age-old process. Taste small-batch wines, made right there.
  • Get lessons from mother on making khinkali (soup dumplings), a national dish of Georgia.
  • Visit a traditional local market and sample unique cheese and other artisan products.
  • Discover Alaverdi monastery, the longest continuous wine production in Georgia (since 1011).
  • Taste artisan honey next to the hives on Gombori mountain pass (seasonal).

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. Book a private / on-demand tour. Surcharges may apply.

What Our Guests Are Saying: Telavi Wine Tour

John A
Vines & Mountains Tour
My wife and I have taken food/wine tours in probably 20 places and this one was by far the best tour we have taken, and one of our favorite travel days ever. The wineries were great, the food over-the-top, and a great look into Georgian culture. Stop your search now and book here! See original review on TripAdvisor.
Catherine F
Vines & Mountains Tour

This trip was a little on the expensive side when I looked up options but it was so so worth it! The driver had very good English and gave us great insight into the region. One of the best tours I’ve ever been on! See original review on TripAdvisor.

Location

From Tbilisi to Kakheti (Telavi) and back. Note: This tour does not pass Signagi – Telavi is more than 1 hour from Signagi.

Pickup / Drop off

  • Included: Tbilisi central (See Free Pickup Area Map).
  • Included: Pickup from central Telavi (~10:30 am).
  • Outside these 2 areas? Take a taxi to a meeting point (we’ll confirm where).
  • Drop-Off: Telavi or Tbilisi.

Alternative start/end point? Book a private tour (~15% surcharge applies for private 2 & 3-person tours).

Price Includes

All-inclusive, indulgent amounts of food & wine with lunch and dinner.

See Full List Of Inclusions

  • All food (4 to 6 course wine pairing menu lunch, traditional home-cooked dinner with free flowing artisan wine, other snacks), wine tastings (at least 10 types) and soft drink as listed in the itinerary below. Typically more than listed.
  • Safe and expert driver-guide, with modern, well maintained vehicle, working seatbelts and aircon.
  • Diet: Includes pork or veal, dairy / walnuts / gluten | Alternatives & vegetarian options by advanced request.
  • Pickup / drop-off at your Tbilisi accommodation.
  • Small group tours (up to 8 guests).
  • Entry fees to all locations.
  • Bottled water.
  • Taxes & fees.

Price Excludes

Tips & insurance are excluded.

See Full List Of Exclusions

  • 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 most all cases where requested – which is a rare request!).
  • 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)

Submit a private tour enquiry here.

See Standard Private Tour Options

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

  • Vehicle choice: sedan, 4×4 / SUV, minivan, minibus.
  • Custom itinerary / pickup location. (Note: Pickup en route from Tbilisi are sometimes possible for scheduled tours)
  • Specialist trained sommelier guide or social host.
  • Choose your start and end time.
  • Any group size (2+ persons) or age (under 18s are welcome on private tours).
  • Done this tour before? Book an entirely unique variation with different wineries.

NOTE: Private 2 to 3 person tours normally have ~15% surcharge. Extensive customization of tour routes can incur additional fees.

Pricing: Kakheti Wine Tour (Telavi)
  • Initial list price is based on 1 adult traveling in a group of 7 people on a scheduled tour.
  • The pricing listed in the booking form is the maximum price you will pay.
  • As the tour fills up, the price reduces.
  • 2 adults minimum to run, but you can also book solo as others will typically book, even if you are the first to book a specific date.
2 Adults3 to 4 Adults5 to 6 Adults7 Adults
475 GEL pp450 GEL pp425 GEL pp400 GEL pp

If traveling with children under 18, you should book a private tour. Occasionally we allow age 12+ on tours with an adult-only group, by agreement of all attending.

Photos: Kakheti Wine Tour (Telavi Wine Tour)
Kakheti Itinerary (Telavi Wine Tour)

8:30amPickup & depart Tbilisi (please be ready 10 minutes before)

9:30amArtisan honey tasting on Gombori mountain pass.

10:45amVisit historic Telavi and a traditional market.

Taste natural products, learn about important foods of Georgia.
Visit the 900 year old plane tree and learn about King Erekle II at Telavi fortress, the last king of Georgia.

12 PMVisit an independent vineyard for tasting & lunch.

Meet the winemaker and explore natural qvevri wines (3 to 4 to taste) with epic mountain views of the Caucasus from the terrace overlooking their vineyard. Enjoy a specially prepared lunch featuring unique versions of traditional cuisine.

2:30 PMMeet the qvevri builder at his workshop

Learn about the qvevri (clay amphorae) right where they are made, at a family home workshop. Taste his wines and a special aged “chacha” (local spirit).

3:30pmAlaverdi Monastery

Visit the monastery with the longest continuous wine production in Georgia, since 1011 AD. Backdropped by the Caucasus mountains in a very scenic spot. Note: The cellar is sadly not open to guests, but the location and history makes this an interesting and important stop.

4:45pmVisit a winemaker's marani (cellar) at his family home.

Meet the winemaker who is a micro producer, less than 10k bottles per year. Taste 3 wines and 1 chacha. Enjoy local cheese and snacks. Learn how to make khinkali (traditional dumplings) and eat them!  -Vegetarian/vegan option must be pre-ordered 

7 PMDepart for Tbilisi

~9 PMArrive to Tbilisi.

Exact arrival time depends on how much fun you were having at the last winery!

FAQ

Is this tour weather dependent?

No. The tour runs in all weathers but note that if it is heavy rain or snow, a visit to walk the walls in Signagi may not be much fun, so you can opt to spend more time elsewhere.

Level of physical activity? What to expect from this tour?

Taste Georgia’s 8,000 Year Wine History Surrounded By Vines & Mountains In The Kakheti Wine Region. Wine Tour to Signagi and surrounding areas and villages. Indulgent amounts of food!

  • 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 day trips)
  • More food and wine than you are expecting! We are not a typical generic wine tour. Prepare to indulge.

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 van 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.

How are your tours priced?

The core difference between our tours and cheap trips is that we take you to exclusive, authentic, 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.

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.

What is your cancellation policy?

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

Can under 18's join this tour? What do I need to know?

Typically we don’t book under 18’s onto shared wine tours. For 2 reasons:

  • We cannot predict the behavior of other adults after a few glasses. We don’t want to have any situation where parents feel upset about the way other guests act. 
  • Some adults choose to take wine tours explicitly because they are adult-only type experiences. The ability to let loose a little bit without worrying about offending kids/parents is important.

That said, we typically allow 12+ onto shared tours if all other participants agree, and the accompanying parent understands the situation and consents to not hold us liable. We’ve never had any serious issues at any time in company history, but we also want to keep it that way by always favoring caution.

If your kids are under 12, or if you prefer not to have your kids mingle with guests who may be tipsy, then definitely request a private / on-demand tour.

Typical child prices on a private tour:

12 to 18 (no wine): ~60% discount on adult price. Parental choice if allowing tasting of your wine.

7 to 11: ~80% discount on adult price

0 to 7: If 2 or more adults, typically free. The exception is where we need a larger vehicle to accommodate multiple kids, then we have to charge to cover transport costs.

These prices may vary depending on the route and the number of adults.

Booster Seats: We can sometimes provide these, but not always. We offer no insurance and take no liability for the quality of our booster seats. We recommend bringing your own. There is no law in Georgia currently (Jan 2024) that enforces the use of booster seats, though we suggest you do.

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