Day 7: East Georgian food and wine festivals

Leave the excitement of the Capital city and head out to the rugged romance of the East Georgian plains, where local pheasants have been making wines in clay qvevris (Amphorae) for over 8,000 years.

First we visit the town of Signaghi – a place of romance and love as it has been called in recent years. Perched on the mountain cliff with its 4,5 km. long defensive wall of the 18th century Sighnaghi is one of the prettiest towns of the country which still retains its original scent and style with its narrow, cobbled streets full of one or two storey houses with bright red tiled roofs and beautifully carved balconies. The city has wonderful views over the Alazani Valley to the snow capped Caucasus Mountains beyond.

Our alfresco lunch will be held by a local family in their house where we will have the unique chance to taste delicious Georgian home-made dishes and drinks: including Mtsvadi- Pork barbeque marinated in pomegranate sauce and roasted over a grapevine wood fire, Chakapuli (veil stewed with white wine, green plums and tarragon leaves) as well as home-made brandy and chacha(vine spirit)
After lunch we visit Gremi Castle- once a symbol of the thriving cultural and political life of Kakheti Region. Giving an impression of floating in the air over the river, the Gremi Complex includes the church of Archangels with its beautiful frescos and adjacent royal tower as well as the ruins of different old bath-houses and watchtowers.

overnight in a countryside chateau.

Included meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

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