Georgia is generally considered the ‘cradle of wine’, as archaeologists have traced the world’s first known wine creation back to the people of the South Caucasus in 6,000BC.
The main wine areas of the country are Kakheti, and its Telavi and Kvareli regions.
The first place
to visit is Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino, Signagi, Kakheti Region
The St. George’s Monastery of St. Nino, sometimes also called the Bodbe Monastery, is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Nino from Cappadocia, the woman who convinced the royal family of ancient Georgian kingdom to accept Christianity, arrived to Georgia with the cross made of vine branches and tied with her own hair. The crooked shape of traditional Georgian cross is a reminder.
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.
The Georgian town of Sighnaghi a UNESCO-listed city, is located in the eastern part of Kakheti, and is known as the City of Love a must-see destination . Sighnaghi was also one of Georgia’s many stops along the ancient Silk Road. Casino gambling, high end hotels and dining, fine wines and a stunning view of the Alazani Valley make Sighnaghi one of Georgia’s most attractive small towns.
Visit to Tunnel Winery Khareba’s, Kvareli, Kakheti Region. What’s special here is the 7.7km of wine tunnels, dug out of a hillside in the early 1960s for storing and ageing wine at constant temperatures. Today the tunnels store over 25,000 bottles of the Khareba company’s European and qvevri wines. Tours go into part of the tunnels (where tastings also take place) then up to the viewing tower and restaurant.