Georgia is the
cradle of wine!
Eight thousand years ago, Georgian ancestors were one of the first cultures
to domesticate wild vine, press out grapes and make wine. They came to believe in
Kindness. They built chapels and sacrificed the best they had – wine and then
spread its name all over the world. It was the beginning of Georgian
civilization. Vine and wheat, wine and bread were laid down into foundations of
consolidation, national consciousness and proud nature of Georgia.
history of Georgia,
its culture and the rule of life are embodied in Georgian wine. It is a mystery
of hospitality, friendship and longevity. The wine-making traditions pass from
fathers to sons.
The Georgians have a special method of
making wine in stone presses and then storing it in clay vessels buried in the
ground. Even today many houses in the country have a wine cellar -called
"marani" with a wine-press and underground clay jars called
"kvevri". Unlike the European way of wine-making which implies the
separation of juice from grapes after pressing, the Georgians keep juice and
grapes together for some time before separating them. This is what gives
Georgian wine its special flavor and strength.
Day 1: Arrival.
Meeting at Tbilisi
Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Drive
to Sighnaghi (Kakheti Region), visit to Bodbe. Overnight at a family hotel.
Day 3: Join
vintage called “Rtveli” in Georgia.
Enjoy local hospitality and tasting of family made wine.
Day 4: Visit
to winery, wine tasting.
Day 5: Return
at family hotel