On day 9 we head for an exploration of Kakheti region in the eastern part of Georgia. Kakheti is one of the major traditional winemaking region of the country.
First, we are going to visit village Tsinandali, famous for its Tsinandali museum of Alexander Chavchavadze. Chavchavadze was a 19th century Georgian aristocrat, Romanticist poet, and a military figure under the Russian Empire. Nowadays aristocrat’s estate is turned into a museum that consists of Chavchavadze’s memorial house, landscape garden, historical winery and wine cellar, hotel and a café.
We continue our journey to village Shumi located in 1.5 kilometers from Tsinandali. Shumi winery and museum Vazioni houses a fine collection of wine related exhibits, an ethnography department and a wine-tasting area, with the collection of 294 varieties of wine from different regions of Georgia, as well as 92 varieties of foreign wines. Here, visitors can have a wine-testing with light snacks.
From Shumi we move to the Gremi Royal Citadel and Church – a 16th century architectural monument that consists of a citadel and the Church of the Archangels. These buildings are remains of a medieval town that served as a capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th-17th centuries.
Evening drive back to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.