Georgians are famous for their viticulture, feasts (supra), hospitality, picturesque environment, and many other things. Thankfully, the historical province of Kakheti is the best place to go in Georgia to discover all of these things. Kakheti is a true wine region and lies due east from Tbilisi – between the Greater Caucasus to the north and Azerbaijan to the south. Kakheti offers several marvelous places to stay as well as many great places of interest, and it is the place for meat and wine lovers or anyone who loves fine food.
Places to visit
The Khareba Winery is famous for its unique wine cellar in Kvareli (Kakheti Region), which is carved into the rock of the Caucasus Mountains. The Gvirabi tunnel is used to age wine since the constant temperature of 12-14°C (53-57°F) and 70% humidity is perfect for aging wine in oak barrels and storing bottled wine for extended periods. The total length of the tunnel is more than 7 km (4.5 miles).
The architectural ensemble of Gremi in the look that it has up to present day was built in the 16th century in the times of King Levan of Kakheti, who announced Gremi the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti.
It is moving to see the ruins of the once glowing city where one can still depict outlines of a caravan-saray, a bath, merchant stalls, wine cellars, remnants of weapons and water pipes. There is an exposition of objects from everyday life of that period in the local museum.
Take a look at almost erased frescoes in the stone Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.
Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, the founder of the Georgian romanticism turned the estate in the village of Tsinandali, which he inherited from his father into the cultural and intellectual center of the country, the status it preserves to this day. The place regularly hosts exhibitions, concerts, literary events, and master classes.
The complex in Tsinandali embraces the memorial house, a landscape garden, a historical winery, wine cellar, hotel, and a café. The vineyards have been restored and wine production has resumed. We offer you a pleasurable and informative experience: you will look into the background of the noble Chavchavadze family, who played a significant part in the national history; enjoy the views of the garden, have a look at the winery and sample the “Tsinandali” (first produced by the Chavchavadzes) etc. Georgian wines and round off the visit at the historical hotel.
The St. George’s Monastery of St. Nino, sometimes also called the Bodbe Monastery, is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Today, there is a nunnery where the monastery used to be, and the St. George Cathedral, part of the monastery, holds the remains of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles, who brought Christianity to Georgia. There is also a new cathedral being built, using much of the same construction methods used to make the most famous cathedrals in Georgia centuries ago.
Sighnaghi – a city of love
The Georgian town of Sighnaghi is located in the eastern part of Kakheti and is known as the City of Love. Sighnaghi was also one of Georgia’s many stops along the ancient Silk Road. Sighnaghi is just over an hour away from Tbilisi.
Two Georgian Orthodox houses of worship can be found in Sighnaghi proper. St. George and St. Stephen churches are both fine examples of traditional architecture and religious works. Both are open to visitors and located with a few minutes’ walks from each other.
Sighnaghi’s City Wall is an impressive remnant of the medieval past (13th century) and definitely worth a visit. The wall has over 20 towers, all of which are named for the town at the end of the road that passes through each gate. Only a small section is open for walking, but the views overlooking the Alazani Valley are not to be missed.