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Vines & Villages Sighnaghi Wine Tour – 1 Day Kakheti Food & Wine Tour

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  • 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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Sighnaghi Wine Tour (Kakheti Wine Region Departing From Tbilisi): Our most diverse 1-day food & wine tasting trip: Modern Georgian cuisine meets 8,000-year-old artisan wine methods.

Experience a culinary and cultural journey from a modern multi-course wine pairing lunch, a visit to the historic mountain village of Sighnaghi, to exploring ancient qvevri wine traditions and indulging at a family supra (feast) with a local winemaker and their bio wines.

Premium authentic, small group, indulgently all-inclusive lunch & dinner with plenty of wine tasting! Visit 3 wineries total, and taste 10+ wines across 2+ wine appellations. Also bookable as a private tour / on-demand / out of season.

This tour is replaced by “Sighnaghi Winter Wine Tour” from Dec to Mar.

  • 11 AM to ~10 PM (1 Day)
  • Max People : 8*
  • Wines: 10+
  • Tue to Sun (Apr to Nov)
  • Pickup: Your Central Tbilisi Accommodation
  • 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 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.
Expert guide.
Guide.
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).

* Note: The evening supra may combine 2 groups. The tradition of the feast can actually work better with a larger group, in our opinion. Typically this is less than 12 guests total, a maximum of 15 occasionally. Often it is still a max of 8.

To See The Full Itinerary, See Further Below

Tour Highlights: Sighnaghi Wine Tour (Kakheti)

  • Fully-indulgent, premium authentic, all-Inclusive food & wine tasting tour with lunch & dinner. Perfect introduction to Georgian wine. Large pours and refills (optional).
  • Visit a high-class family owned, independent vineyard and "Marani" (Georgian wine cellar) in the Manavi microzone, taste traditional qvevri (amphorae) alongside European style wines made with Georgian grapes.
  • Indulge in a sophisticated 4 to 6 course wine pairing lunch, crafted by the in-house chef, presenting elevated, modern Georgian cuisine. Tailored to your group size and dietary preferences.
  • Meet an artisan winemaker (<15,000 bottles total per year) at his marani and taste his small-batch natural qvevri wines. Immerse yourself in Georgia's 8000 year winemaking history - the oldest on Earth.
  • Explore the cobbled streets of the picturesque mountain village of Sighnaghi. Walk the city wall (the longest fortifications in Europe) for awe-inspiring views of the Alazani valley and Caucasus mountains.
  • Participate in a mini-supra (Georgian family feast). Explore unique homemade artisan wines and specialist local, homemade dishes while being introduced to the culture of the tamada (toastmaster). It's more than just a meal; it's a vibrant taste tour of Georgia's cherished culinary traditions.

The above summary relates to scheduled tours. For private Sighnaghi wine 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

Hotsyd22
Vines & Villages Tour
I’ve lost count of the number of wine tours I’ve done all over the world. I did the Signagi wine tour and it was without doubt the best wine tour I’ve done. Relative to other wine tours from Tbilisi it was an expensive tour but by the time we got back to Tbilisi we understood why. It’s not really comparable to other wine tours as it includes a lot more. See original review on TripAdvisor.
Beth E
Vines & Villages Tour

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.

Location

From Tbilisi to Kakheti (Sighnaghi) and back.

Pickup / Drop off

  • Included: Tbilisi Central (See Free Pickup Area Map*).
  • Outside this area? Take a taxi to a meeting point (we’ll confirm where).
  • Pickup Supplement: Signagi (45-minute taxi ~70 GEL per taxi for 1 to 4 persons) We can book for you.
  • Drop-Off: Signagi (Normally not possible, see FAQs for more info) Taxi drop-off can be possible (~1 hour).

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

*In some cases where we have multiple pickups far apart, we may ask you to take a taxi to a meeting point, but if you are inside the free area we will rebate the taxi price.

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)

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: Sighnaghi Wine Tour (Kakheti From Tbilisi)
  • 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 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 should book a private tour. Occasionally we allow age 12+ on tours with an adult-only group, by agreement of all attending.

Photos: Sighnaghi Wine Tour (Kakheti Wine Region)

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.

Signagi Wine Tour Itinerary (Kakheti Wine Region)

10:45 AMDepart Tbilisi

12:00 PMVisit an independent professional winery for multi-course pairing menu lunch

Enjoy a guided cellar tour.
Then a 4 to 6 course wine pairing / tasting menu with locally made wines paired with elevated, modern Georgian cuisine. (2 to 3 persons = 4-course lunch, vegetarian possible. 4 to 7 persons = 6-course lunch, vegetarians 5-courses but 6 wines).
Learn about the difference between traditional Georgian winemaking and European classical winemaking. Compare wines made with the same grape in the two different styles (qvevri & steel tank), side by side.

2:00 PMDepart

2:45 PMVisit Sighnaghi Mountain Village + City Walls.

Walk the cobbled streets of Sighnaghi, which was King Erekle II’s summer retreat. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Caucasus mountains. Also, walk part of the city walls – the longest fortification in Europe. Visit the small souvenir shops. Make a quick visit to Bode monastery complex, if time and if so desired.

4:00 PMArtisan Wine Cellar Visit

Visit a small batch production artisan winemaker, at their marani (wine cellar) and taste natural qvevri wines on their terrace (weather permitting). 3 to 5 wines to taste.

5:00 PMDepart

6.15 PMMini-supra (Georgian feast). Cultural wine tasting & tamada (toastmaster). Meet the winemaker.

Taste 3 wines from a micro-producing (<10,000 bottles per year) artisan winery. Enjoy homemade regional specialties and learn about them. Learn toasts from the Georgian tamada (toastmaster) and have dinner and wines with the winemaker at their family home.

8:45pmDepart

9:30 pm to 10 pmArrive to Tbilisi

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.

Why don't you visit Bodbe Convent on this tour?

You’ll probably see on all budget sightseeing tour itineraries, and most lists of “things to do in Kakheti”, that Bodbe is normally included. Why is this?

  • Entry is free.
  • It’s an important religious landmark of Georgia.
  • It’s 10 minutes from Signagi, so makes for an easy extra stop to bulk out sightseeing tours.

Why we don’t go?

  • It’s very touristy, during the summer the parking area can have multiple big bus tours arrive at once.
  • There are religious sites everywhere in Georgia, Bodbe is historically important (not so much as Jvari though), but visually (in terms of landmark photos) not as good as many others.
  • Our tours are more focused on grass-roots culture, food, wine, and some very scenic photo stops. We don’t need to bulk out the tour with standard tourist stops unless they are real wow factor places (like Signagi). We’ve never had any guest EVER say “Bodbe was the cultural highlight” of any of our trips – or even that it was anything but the least interesting stop of the whole trip. So, we listened, and we leave more time for meeting winemakers, and learning about the culture first-hand, without the tourists.

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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