A very different experience from traditional European wine tasting sessions we have done in the past. This was a far more intimate and informative look into organic and traditional production methods on a non commercial level in the Kakheti region.
From learning about how the clay fermentation vessels - Qvevri - are made to meeting the families that produce some fantastic and unique wines it a far more enjoyable experience to those we have been on previously. The wine makers were welcoming and more than happy to tell you everything about their wine with a passion. Each producer we visited were hospitable and offered several glasses of wine to taste and enjoy. Most sessions ended in a toast where we were offered Chacha, this is the local hard liquor similar in taste to a mild brandy. Beware some are double or triple distilled so can reach a chest warming 70% alcohol content.
A hearty lunch was provided at the third vineyard which was an excellent offering of local dishes accompanied be their wine offering all of which were excellent.
Our guide Zura was very accommodating and did well to decipher and translate our questions after we had several glasses of wine! The tour was well coordinated and ran as planned. Zura was also more than happy to offer suggestions for restaurants and other experiences within Tbilisi and the wider region.
At each vineyard there is an opportunity to purchase wine made on smaller scale not readily available elsewhere. Expect to pay 35 - 40 Lari for a bottle so very much a worthwhile investment.
We took this tour on our first day in Georgia and it was a fantastic introduction to the people, their culture and the country as a whole, we would highly recommend it.