Pick up from the hotel.
Driving Distance: 135 km
Before heading to the Racha wine region, visit 2 wineries in Imereti province. Drive to town Terjola to explore a local wine cellar – ‘’Kote Kavtaradze-Doctor`s Wine ’’. Besides Imeretian grape varieties (‘’Tsitska’’, ‘’Tsolikauri’’ ‘’Krakhuna’’,’’Sapere’’, etc.) ”Aleqsandrouli” - from Racha Region,” Chardonay” - from France, and “Usakhelauri” - from Tsageri Region are cultivated in these vineyards. Wine here is made as in traditional Georgian qvevri vessel, as well as according to the traditional European methods. After the sightseeing tour through the vineyards, proceed to wine tasting.
The second wine tasting spot is in village Sazano, Imereti province. This area can be considered as a transition area between Imereti and Racha vine-growing regions. Visit a local family in Sazano touristic complex providing wine tasting, dining place, etc. Sazano Wine Cellar offers exclusive wines produced from rare and unique grape varieties. Have lunch with 4 types of wine tasting.
Continue the tour towards the north, passing by mining town Tkibuli, Nakerala mountain pass (1218 m) with amazing panoramic views, and Shaori Reservoir (stop upon request). Reach Winery Sad Meli, a cozy family wine cellar located in village Sadmeli (Racha region), in 10 km from Ambrolauri town. Sad Meli winery uses traditional qvevri winemaking and storing technologies. Fertile soil and humid climate with medium cold winters might be key to the quality and exclusiveness of these wines.
Have a wine tasting and dinner.
Overnight at ‘’Sad Meli’’ Guesthouse or similar.