Harvest in Georgia

Celebrate the grapes harvest in the country with over 8000 years of the history of viticulture and wine making.

Georgia recognized as a cradle of wine, offers a rare opportunity each wine lover should experience. We have a pleasure to invite you join this vivid tradition and together with local winemakers, take part in grapes harvest. 

 

Detailed:

Harvest in Georgia generally recalls and unites locals for common work in vineyards. It’s a tradition usually accompanied by feasts, musical events and other celebrations. Normally, harvest in east Georgia, Kakheti region where major part of our program is concentrated, takes place in late September.

Worth to admit that from 2000 varieties of grapes in the world, 500 are endemic to Georgia. The tradition of harvest dates back to ancient times. One of the few evidences lies in Dzalisi archaeological site depicting the 2nd century AD 12 color mosaic of Dionysus– the god of the grape harvest & wine making.

Family wine cellars and modern wineries explored within this carefully fermented trip are narrating their unique story of tastes and technologies. Ancient traditional method of winemaking in “Qvevri” – clay jar, proudly listed in UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list is a special highlight.

Degustation of various sorts of Georgian wine, chacha and brandy distinguished by aromas of bouquets and flavors, evokes special feelings.

Reviews
5/5
  • Best Month: Late September
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activity: Grape Harvest & Wine Degustation
  • Meals: Full Board
  • Accommodation: Hotels & Chateaus 

Tour Itinerary & Details

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Arrival

Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight at hotel.

Tbilisi City Tour

Breakfast in hotel. Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi, exploring old town with important cultural and architectural monuments, visiting wine bars & restaurants to taste organic wines from eastern and western parts of Georgia. Visit open air Ethnography Museum. Tasting at D. Sarajishvili cognac factory. *Optional boat tour with wine tasting on Mtkvari river. Welcome dinner with folk performance. Overnight at hotel.

“Qvevri” Making

Breakfast in hotel. Explore Kakheti region, east Georgia famous for vineyards and wine producing villages. Visit 11th century Alaverdi cathedral with wine cellar. Observe the methods of “Qvevri” making. Visit 16th c. Gremi architectural complex. Excursion around the winery with 120 oldest unique clay and oak barrels. Observe wine production together technologists. Tasting of Georgian brandy. Wine tour to Soviet time tunnel cellar. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Harvest & Traditional “Supra”

Breakfast in hotel. Depart to Sighnaghi, stroll in a cozy and narrow streets. Visit vineyards and take part in grapes harvest, picking up, gathering, pressing, etc. with barbecue, wine and “Shoti” bread baking. Return to Sighnaghi, enjoy traditional “Supra” dinner lead by “Tamada” – toast master and performance of polyphonic songs and national dances.  Overnight at hotel.

Realm of Dionysus – The God of Harvest

Breakfast in hotel. Depart to Mtskheta, dated to 3rd c and enjoy panoramic view of the town from 6th c. Jvari monastery. Visit family wineries nearby with wine tour. Continue to 1st-4th century AD Dzalisa archaeological site, a Roman town with 2nd century AD impressive, 12 color mosaic depicting Dionysus. Visit nearby chateau & taste reserved wines. Transfer to Tbilisi. Free evening for own arrangements. Farwell dinner organic wines and folk performance. Overnight at hotel. 

 

Departure

Transfer to the airport.

Included
Excluded
  • Full Board
  • All accommodation
  • All domestic transfers
  • Entrance Fees & Local Guides
  • Masterclasses & Tastings
  • Tour guide
  • First Aid
  • Visa or Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Single Supplement
  • Medical expenses and insurance
  • Re-booking of hotels
  • Special Meals
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Extra Sites

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Grape Harvest in Georgia is a joyful time for drinking and wine cognition, don’t miss it out!

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