International Wine Tourism Conference Georgia 2014Georgia – Why you should go

From its sublimely perched old churches and watchtowers dotting fantastic mountain scenery to its green valleys spread with more than 500 grape varieties, Georgia (Sarkartvelo) is one of the most beautiful grape escape destinations on earth. Equally special are its proud, high-spirited, cultured people: Georgia claims to be the birth place of wine, and this is a place where guests are considered blessings and hospitality is the very stuff of life.

A deeply complicated history has given Georgia a wonderful heritage of architecture and art. Tbilisi, the capital is still redolent of an age-old Eurasian crossroads and is the venue (Hotel Tbilisi Marriott) for the 6th International Wine Tourism Conference.

Georgia- Cradle of Wine – Superb 5 day Programme

Day 1 Friday 28 March: Arrival day.

Day 2 Saturday 29 March: Wine Tourism Conference programme. Highlights include Georgia – Cradle of Wine – Giorgi Sigua, Georgian National Tourism Administration, Re-Inventing Tradition: Qvevris, Amphorae, Concrete Eggs, & The Natural Wine Movement, Deborah Heath & Jeff Vejr, Lewis & Clark College/drinkSNOB.tv and Wines of Georgia Grand Tasting led by Master of Wine, Sarah Abbot MW. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Sunday 30 March: Wine Tourism Conference programme: Authentic Terroir visual and audio journey through different wine regions of Georgia and describe how their cuisines, and wine developed in tandem creating a unique harmony. We will describe the dominating chords of flavor in the food, characteristics of the wine, and even share the unique feasting songs of the region with live singers, to see how these cultures are impacted by history, climate, landscape and the spirit of a place. Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 4 Monday 31 March – Tbilisi – Kakheti – Tbilisi

08.45 Meet in the Tbilisi Marriott Lobby with your ticket
09.00 Departure and transfer to the Kakheti Wine Region via the Gombori Pass

11.00 Visit of the Teliani Valley Winery

Teliani Valley follows Georgian tradition of winemaking and at the same time, uses modern technologies, knowledge of young, motivated professionals.

12.00 Transfer to Twins Old Cellar

Twins Old Cellar” was established by twin brothers Gia and Gela Gamtkitsulashvili in 2000 year.  Wine making in the company is based on Kakhetian method of wine production and follows family traditions of wine making. In 2002 they restored ancestors cellar and “Zavod”.  They grew Rkatsiteli and Saperavi vineyards and expanded their cellar. At the moment the cellar operates  107 Qvevris most of them having 3.5 – 4.5 tones capacity.

Visit to include a Kvevri opening – Fresh Wine tasting from Kvevri

13.00 Transfer to the Winery Kareba

winery Khareba iwinetc visit programmeOver 750 hectares of the finest vineyards are owned and cultivated by the cWinery Kareba, the majority of which are to be found in the traditional Georgian viticultural regions of Kakheti, Imereti and Racha- Lechkhumi. Besides the production of fine wines, another of the company’s goals is the identification and cultivation of other old traditional Georgian varieties of grape. Winery Kareba also produces sparkling wines according to the classic 12 month ageing method. The Winery Khareba produces: appellation of origin wines; wines aged between 1 and 3 years in French oak barrels; original table wines; dry and semi-dry sparkling wines fermented in the bottle and aged for at least 12 months; and Qvevri wines.

Transfer to the Kindzmarauli Marani Winery

Established in 2001, “Kindzmarauli Marani” is a producer of exquisite Georgian Wines and Spirits. The winery is located in the heart of the Kakheti Region – Kvareli. The unique location and terroir enable the company to produce over 20 varieties of wine, including the eminent Appellation Controlled – Kindzmarauli, Mukuzani, Kakhetian Royal White, Tsinandali, etc. KM is also proud of its Chacha, a traditional Georgian spirit well known for its originality.

18.00 Transfer to Tbilisi

Day 2 Tuesday 1 April  – Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Mukhrani – Tbilisi

09.45 Meet in the Tbilisi Marriott Lobby
10.00 Transfer to Mtskheta
10.30 Visit of the KTW Winery (Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking)

KTW is strongly linked with Antimoz Chkaidze, a winemaker who founded one of the best wine cellars of the time in the 80-ies of the XIX century in the Gurian village of Askana, making wines from a unique grape variety – “Chkhaveri.” As well as making wine, KTW also produces brandy and traditional Georgian Chacha.

11.30 Transfer to Mukhrani
12.00 Visit of the Château Mukharani Winery

Chateau Mukhrani is located in one of the most beautiful villages in Georgia – Mukhrani. The vineyards of the Chateau are located on the best selected plots of this exquisite domain. Grand castle and cellars, magnificent gardens and vineyards have made Chateau Mukhrani world-renowned. Here vines have been cultivated for centuries. Archaeological excavations in this region have found traces of wine-making as far back as the Stone Age

Visit, tasting and lunch at Chateau Mukharani

15.00 Transfer to Tbilisi

Your expert wine tourism guide for the Superb 2 day wine tasting tour will be: Natia Khidasheli

Includes:

  • Entrance 2 day wine tourism conference with coffee break, lunch & wine tastings
  • Entrance Wines of Georgia Grand Tasting with MW Sarah Abbott
  • 5 Winery visits and tastings with lunch on each day
  • Transport during winery visit programme.