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Wake Up In Wine Country – 2 Day Kakheti (Telavi / Signagi) Food & Wine Tour

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Explore both the Alazani and Lori valleys (Kakheti wine region) and wake up to breathtaking Caucasus mountain views, surrounded by vines. Pass through more than 5 wine microzones (PDO), and visit independent wineries along the way, tasting and eating as you go. Also bookable as a private tour / out of season.

  • 2 Days (9.30 AM Start Day 1)
  • Max People : 7
  • Wines: 20+
  • Every Thursday (June to October)
  • Pickup: Your Central Tbilisi Accommodation
  • Min Age : 18+
  • Visit an artisan wine producer with aged qvevri (clay amphorae) wines and taste elevated versions of traditional food. Plus a high class vineyard where you will compare European style wine against qvevri wine, both made from local grapes.
  • Stay overnight at a wine hotel. Wake up with views of the Caucasus mountains. 2 to 4 star options available. See the accommodation section. Accommodation not included
  • Learn how to bake traditional Georgian "shoti" bread and get lessons from mother on making khinkali (soup dumplings), a national food of Georgia. (Bread making class requires 60 GEL supplement per group when group size is 3 or less adults)
  • Visit unique micro-producer vineyards and meet the winemakers and members of their family. Learn about Georgia's 8000 year history of winemaking - the oldest on Earth.
  • Stop in for a wine tasting at a home qvevri production workshop. Meet the qvevri builder and learn how qvevris (UNESCO intangible heritage) are made.
  • Visit a traditional local market and sample unique cheese and other artisan products.
  • Experience toasts of the tamada (toastmaster) who will introduce you to the culture and toasts of the Georgian traditional "supra" (feast).
  • Visit the 2nd longest fortification wall in the world (after China) and take a walk to King Erekle's fortress, the last king of Kakheti.
  • Discover Alaverdi monastery, the longest continuous wine production in Georgia (since 1011).

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 Kakheti (Telavi / Signagi) and back.

Tour Time

9.30am to 8.30pm (Day 1). 10.00am to 9.30pm (Day 2). Departing Thursdays (June to Oct) returning Friday night. 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, book a private or custom tour instead of using the booking calendar.

  • 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

Day 1

9:45amPickup & Depart Tbilisi (Please be ready 10 minutes before)

11:30 AMGeorgian vs. European Wine Exploration & Lunch at a High Class Family Owned Commercial Vineyard

Learn about the difference between traditional Georgian winemaking and European classical wine making. Compare wines made with the same grape in the two different styles (qvevri & steel tank), side by side.
 
Enjoy a guided cellar tour. Taste 4 wines & chacha with local cheese plate. Learn to bake your own shoti bread in the traditional “tone” oven (Note: if your group is 3 persons or less, a fixed total supplement of 80 GEL per group is needed for the bread class to happen). Then have a specialist lunch of modern versions of traditional Georgian dishes, prepared by the in-house chef.

1:45pmDepart.

2:45pmBodbe & St Nino's Convent.

Make a short stop at one of the most famous religious sites in Georgia. Learn the history of St. Nino, who introduced Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century.

3:30pmSignagi Mountain Village.

Walk the cobbled streets of the village, which was King Erekle II’s summer retreat. Also walk part of the city walls – the 2nd longest fortification in the world after China’s great wall. Visit the small souvenir shops. Stop for a coffee, or a glass of wine with stunning views of the Alazani valley and Causasus mountains. Depart 4.45pm.

5:30 PMFamily Style Supra (Feast) With a Tamada (Toastmaster) at a Small Home Winery

Learn traditional toasts from the “tamada” (toastmaster) at a grass roots, home style wine and dine experience. Eat a variety of homemade dishes prepared by the family, and relax with free flowing wine made in the local style.

~8.30 PMArrive at Your Pre-Selected Wine hotel or Spa hotel.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at your hotel (additional food and drinks are at your own expense). Please see our hotel list for suggestions. Your accommodation is not included in the price of the tour.

Day 2

9 AMBreakfast at the hotel.

From 10 AMFREE Choice Oo Activity

You can select your preference on the evening before, just let your guide know what you want to do so he can pick you up.

Option 1: Relax at your hotel at the pool or spa. (massage/treatments, when available, may have to be pre-booked).

Option 2: Chavchavadze Estate & Museum. Visit the early 19th century country estate of poet and statesman Alexander Chavchavadze. Explore the manicured gardens and get a guided tour of the interior of the mansion.

Option 3: Visit a larger commercial winery and their small museum. Learn more about mass produced wines in Georgia.

(Note: For options 2 & 3 please take your luggage with you as you will not return to the hotel afterwards)

12 PMSpecially Prepared Lunch & Wine Tasting With Views of Vines & Mountains

Enjoy a wine tasting (3+ wines to try) with an artisan winemaker and epic mountain views of the Caucasus from the terrace overlooking their vineyard. Enjoy a specially prepared lunch featuring elevate, unique versions of traditional cuisine.

2:30pmVisit a traditional Market, Fortress & The 900 Year Old Plane Tree

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.

4.15 PMMeet The Qvevri Builder.

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

5.15 PMAlaverdi 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.

6 pmMeet an Artisan Winemaker at Home and Make Khinkali

Visit a family winery located at an old cottage. Meet the artisan winemaker who is a micro producer, <10k bottles per year. Taste 3 wines and 1 chacha. Enjoy local cheese and snacks. Learn how to make Khinkali (traditional dumplings) and then eat them!  – Vegetarian/vegan option must be pre-ordered.

7:30pmDepart for Tbilisi.

9:30pmArrive to Tbilisi.

Accommodation is not included in the tour price.

Overnight Accommodation

We request that guests select their own accommodation as price differences from lower end to luxury are vast, and we’d prefer every guest gets to stay at a place that suits their tastes and budget. We’ve hand picked some of our favorite options.

But you are also welcome to book anywhere you like, so long as it is between Telavi and Tsinandali.

Tsinandali Estate

5 Star Hotel. Radisson collection, highest standard hotel in Kakheti. With spa and pool.

Our top pick for luxury standards in the region. Often booked up way in advance.

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Mosmieri Wine Hotel

4 Star Hotel with pool, vineyard, restaurant and terrace with Caucasus views.

Our top pick for balancing price and quality, plus their saperavi rose is something very unique!

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Esquisse Design Hotel

4.5 Star Hotel. Beautiful classic/artistic design. With pool, restaurant and terrace. They also make their own wines.

Our top pick for artistic surroundings and service.

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Seventeen Rooms Hotel

3 Star Hotel. Cozy, independent hotel with a small swimming pool. Good wine list from local artisans, though wines are not made on site.

Our top pick for friendly and comfortable.

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Park Hotel Tsinandali

2.5 Star Hotel. Modern hotel that shares pool/spa facilities with the 5 star Tsinandali estate (7 minutes outdoor walk apart)

Our top pick for clean and affordable.

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Bucha’s Guesthouse

1 Star Guesthouse. Basic but acceptable rooms with friendly hosts who may feed you their wine. A pleasant little garden.

Our top pick for a cheap family homestay.

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Nothing available above?
You can select other options that meet your preference between Telavi and south to Tsinandali
Or contact us for assistance and additional suggestions.

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/