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

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Kakheti Wine Tour, 2-Days : Explore both the Alazani and Iori valleys (Kakheti wine region), Signagi & Telavi, and wake up to breathtaking Caucasus mountain views, surrounded by vines. Pass through more than 5 wine appellations (PDOs), and visit independent wineries along the way, tasting and eating as you go. Also bookable as a private tour / on-demand / out-of-season.

A fully indulgent 2-day exploration starting from modern Georgian cuisine (with a multi-course wine pairing tasting menu) through to 8000-year-old traditional method qvevri wine production and family artisan-hosted supra (feast), cooking class and much more!

This tour takes in all the best elements of our most popular 1-day Kakheti tours (our Signagi tour and our Telavi tour) but with an overnight stay in wine country. IMPORTANT: For departures in Sept / Oct, day 2 of this itinerary is replaced with our Telavi harvest experience instead. See more details below. Departures in Dec to Mar, Day 1 of this itinerary is replaced with our Signagi winter wine tour itinerary.

  • 2 Days (10 AM Start Day 1)
  • Max People : 7
  • Wines: 20+
  • Wed / Fri (Apr to Oct)
  • 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 and classic 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).

To see the full itinerary and accommodation options, see further below

Tour Highlights: 2-Day Kakheti Wine Tour

  • Fully-indulgent, premium authentic, all-Inclusive food & wine tour with lunch & dinner. More in-depth exploration into Georgian wine. Large pours and refills (optional).
  • Visit multiple artisan wine producers with bio qvevri (clay amphorae) wines. Explore a wide variety of local cuisine, from modern Georgian to elevated homemade delicacies as well as ultra-traditional classic dishes. Compare European style wine against a multitude of traditional qvevri wines.
  • Stay overnight at a wine hotel. Wake up with views of the Caucasus mountains. 2 to 5 star options available. See the accommodation section below. Accommodation not included
  • 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.
  • Get lessons from mother on making khinkali (soup dumplings), a national food of Georgia.
  • Immerse yourself in the passion of dedicated winemakers at their wineries, sampling their exclusive micro-produced natural qvevri 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.
  • Visit a traditional local market and sample unique cheese and other artisan products.
  • 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.
  • Explore the cobbled streets of the picturesque mountain village of Signagi. Walk the city wall (the longest fortifications in Europe) for awe-inspiring views of the Alazani valley and Caucasus mountains.
  • Discover Alaverdi monastery, the longest continuous wine production in Georgia (since 1011).

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

Wellam55
Wake Up In Wine Country
I cannot recommend this tour enough! We never would have been able to have these experiences if we had booked the cookie-cutter tours from Tbilisi.
Although the cost seems more than the typical day tours, it is well worth the money as you have very intimate experiences with small winemakers (and big), have dinner in people’s homes, and have a great and informative driver with you the entire way. Also, the amount of wine and food was beyond generous! See original review on TripAdvisor.
Zeynep G
Wake Up In Wine Country

2 wonderful days in Kakheti! We visited many wineries (and tasted approximately 30+ glasses of wine and cha cha!), tasted excellent foods. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great experience! See original review on TripAdvisor.

Location

From Tbilisi to Kakheti (Signagi then Telavi) 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.
  • Pickup Supplement: Telavi (90-minute taxi ~120 GEL per taxi for 1 to 4 persons) We can book for you.
  • Overnight location Day 1: Telavi / Tsinandali.
  • Included Drop-Off (Day 2): Tbilisi or Telavi.
  • Drop-off Signagi: Taxi (~1 hour, ~100 GEL per taxi for 1 to 4 persons) We can book for you.

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: 2-Day Kakheti Wine Tour 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.
  • Overnight accommodation in Telavi/Tsinandali is NOT INCLUDED. Please see our list of suggested hotels below.
2 Adults3 to 4 Adults5 to 6 Adults7 Adults
1,100 GEL pp950 GEL pp850 GEL pp795 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1

10:00 AMPickup & Depart Tbilisi (Please be ready 10 minutes before)

11:15 AMNinotsminda Cathedral

Make a quick stop at a fortified cathedral, dating back to the 6th century. Visit the serene interior garden are and see the central ruins and worn frescos, as well as the 16th century bell tower.

12:00 PMVisit an independent professional winery for elevated wine tasting/pairing 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-course 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.

2:30 PMDepart.

3:30 PMSignagi 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 longest fortification in Europe. 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.
*Removing visit to Bodbe, we can extend this to a wine tasting (3 to 4 wines) instead, normally with a small supplement (40 GEL). Let us know in your booking request if this is your preference.

4:30 PMArtisan Wine Tasting

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

6:00 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.

~9.00 PMArrive at Your Pre-Selected Wine hotel or Spa hotel. OPTIONS BELOW.

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

Day 2

IMPORTANT: For departures in Sept / Oct day 2 of this itinerary is replaced with our Telavi harvest experience instead. Take a look at the itinerary on the booking page here.

You still get to visit the Qvevri builder and taste wines at 3 locations. The visit to Alaverdi Monastery and to the Telavi food market is removed to make time for the grape picking and stomping experience.

9 AMBreakfast at the hotel & Time To Relax

An easy morning and a late start. Have a lie-in, or enjoy the facilities at your hotel!

10:30 AMDepart

10:45 AMVisit 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.

11:50 AMDepart

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

Enjoy a wine tasting (3+ qvevri 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 elevated, unique versions of traditional cuisine.

2:30 PMMeet The Qvevri Builder.

Learn about the qvevri (clay amphorae) right where they are made, at a family home workshop. Taste 2+ homemade wines and a special aged “chacha” (local spirit).

3.45 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.

5:00 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.

7:15 PMDepart for Tbilisi.

9:15 PMArrive to Tbilisi.

Accommodation is not included in the tour price.

Telavi 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.

View availability on Booking.com

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!

View availability on Booking.com

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.

View availability on Booking.com

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.

View availability on Booking.com

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.

View availability on Booking.com

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.

View availability on Booking.com

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?

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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