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Georgia – birthplace of wine

Wine tour in Kakheti Georgia – is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world.

The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus, which Georgia straddles, are believed by many archaeologists to be the source of the world's first cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production, over 8,000 years ago. Due to the many millennia of wine in Georgian history, the traditions of its viticulture are entwined and inseparable with the country's national identity. Wine plays a central role in the famous process of Georgian hospitality, and stands as a symbol of friendship. Among the best-known regions of Georgia where wine is produced is Kakheti.

Day 1 Bodbe-Sighnaghi-Gurjaani-Telavi Drive to eastern part of Georgia- Kakheti region, known almost exclusively for its vineyards and wineries. Visit Bodbe Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex. Originally built in the 9th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrims sites in Georgia, Visit Sighnaghi – one of the beautiful towns of the kakheti region. Sighnaghi and its environs are home to several historical and cultural monuments. The town is walled with the remnants of 18th century fortifications. At the elevation of about 790 m above sea level, the town overlooks the Alazani valley and faces the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Wine and Chacha tasting at the winery, with a very interesting and impressive stories about wine and wine making traditions. Drvie to Gurjaani - town, located in the region of kakheti and serving as the center of the Gurjaani district. Gurjaani is situated in the Alazani Valley, 415 m above sea level. The town is one of the centers of Georgia's wine industry. Dinner at the local family house with wine degustation. Drive to Telavi - the main city and administrative center of Georgia’s eastern province of Kakheti. Overnight in Telavi

Day 2 Tsinandali-Alaverdy-Ikalto-Shuamta Drive to Tsinandali - Alexander Chavchavadze House Museum Tsinandali is a village in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, noted for the estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. There is kept a unique collection of wine from many countries. Familiar with European ways, Chavchavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery where he combined European and centuries-long Georgian winemaking traditions. Visit House Museum, wine degustation. Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox Monastery Parts of the monastery date back to 6th century. The present day cathedral dates to the 11th century. At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after the recently consecrated Tbilisi Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. Ikalto is a village about 10 km west of the town Telavi in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. It is mostly known for its monastery complex and the Ikalto Academy (12th century) Shuamta – two of the most important and the most beautiful architectural monuments of kakheti are the Dzveli (“old”) 6th century and Akhali ( “new”)16 th century Shuamta Monasteries. Both of them stand in a forest of deciduous trees which makes them look even more fascinating. Back to Tbilisi