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Harvest in Georgia
Celebrate the grapes harvest in the country with over 8000 years of the history of viniculture and winemaking.
Georgia recognized as a cradle of wine, offers a rare opportunity each wine lover should experience.
Join local winemakers with vivid traditions & take part in grape harvest!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
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, in east Georgia-Kakheti region, where major part of our program is concentrated, harvest 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.
- Full Board
- All accommodation
- All domestic transfers
- Entrance Fees & Local Guides
- Tour guide
- All Tastings
- Harvested Grape Samples
- First Aid
- Visa or Visa Fees
- Single Supplement
- Medical Expenses and Insurance
- Re-booking of Hotels
- Special Meals
- Items of Personal Nature
- Extra Sites
- Items not mentioned in program and detailed itinerary
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 cultivated in eastern and western parts of Georgia. Visit open air Ethnography Museum, housing the samples of dwellings brought from all over Georgia. Cognac tasting at D. Sarajishvili cognac factory. *Optional boat tour with wine tasting on Mtkvari river. Welcome dinner at traditional restaurant with wine and folk performance. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Explore Kakheti region, east Georgia famous for vineyards and wine producing villages. Visit 11th century Alaverdi cathedral, observe the monastery’s wine cellar with ancient “Qvevri” (clay jar), tasting of wines and discussion with monastery winemaker. A short break to observe the methods of “Qvevri” making. Visit 16th -17th centuries Gremi architectural complex and excursion around the winery with 120 oldest unique clay and oak barrels, observe production process and discussion with technologists, tasting of Georgian brandy. Wine tour to Soviet time tunnels cellar and tasting of different labels of wines and chacha. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Harvest & Traditional 'Supra'
Breakfast in hotel. Depart to 18th century royal town Sighnaghi, stroll in a cozy and narrow streets of the town. Visit vineyards and take part in grapes harvest, picking up, gathering, pressing, etc. with barbeque, 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. Organic wines help to articulate the most eloquent toasts, thus “Gaumarjos” and cheers! Overnight at hotel.
Realm of Dionysus – The God of Harvest
Breakfast in hotel. Depart to Mtskheta, the UNESCO heritage site dated to 3rd century and enjoy panoramic view of the town from 6th century Jvari monastery, erected on a hill at the confluence of two rivers, Mtkvari and Aragvi. Visit family winery nearby Mtskheta and enjoy wine tour, ’Chacha’ distillation and ’Khinkali’ master-class. Following the trials of artifacts, wine tour continues to 1st-4th century AD Dzalisa archaeological site, a Roman town with 2nd century AD impressive, 12 color mosaic depicting Dionysus – the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine. Visit nearby chateau to taste premium Georgian wines made by European technology. Transfer to Tbilisi. Free evening for own arrangements. Farewell dinner at special restaurant with organic wines and folk performance. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Meet Dionysus – the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine