The best opportunity to acknowledge the ancient traditional culture and enjoy the harmonious infusion of art and wine is to explore East Georgia’s Kakheti region famous for its fertile valleys, endless lines of vineyards, ancient fortified monasteries, castles and delicious cuisine.
This morning we start to travel around East Georgian countryside and enjoy enchanting charm of simplicity of pastoral life-style and breathtaking views of forested foothills. Our destination is central-domed church of Khirsa established by one of the Assyrian monks, St. Stephan in the 6th century which served as Georgia’s one of the important missionary centers. Then we continue to visit world’s one of the only two two-domed churches-All Saints church of Gurjaani of the 7th c.(Kvelatsminda)
In the afternoon we are welcomed at a local peasant’s old wine-cellar where we get familiar with Kakhetian way of wine-making which in 2016 was enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Intangible Site. Here, the wine-maker will tell us the way his ancestors preserved this tradition after which we will have a chance to taste red and white wines straight from the clay jars buried into ground.
Our lunch will be hosted by a honorary teacher of the local gymnasium and then we continue our way to duke Alexander Chavchavadze’s estate in Tsinandali which used to be the hub of 19th c. European ,Russian and Georgian poets, writers, composers, travelers.
We arrive in Telavi and check in a hotel.
Dinner with Georgian traditional polyphonic songs