Vineyards In Georgia (Europe) & Georgia Wineries Map: Georgian wine is some of the most unique in the world with a focus on traditional production techniques. In this article, we round up our top Vineyard choices from our extensive testing of wine at cellar doors around the country. It’s a tough life!
From tiny home wineries to a 7KM (4 miles) underground wine tunnel. We figure out where to go for the most interesting experiences, wine tastings and… places where they speak English.
With more trips to Georgia planned, find our ever growing Georgia Wineries Map & Wine Regions Map at the bottom of this article.
Best Vineyards In Georgia (Europe) Table Of Contents
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Georgia has the oldest archeological evidence of winemaking in the world – dating back to about 6000 BC. Unlike other countries around the world, Georgia still makes many wines in the same way they would have been made 8000 years ago – by fermenting the grapes in clay pots (called Qvevri) buried underground to stabilize their temperatures.
The traditional method involves pressing the grapes for juice, but also including skins and stalks in the mix that is placed inside the qvevri. This is left to ferment for 3 to 6 months on average. Traditionally no additional maturation in oak is performed, though today some oak aged wines do exist.
Be aware that as well as these traditional qvevri wines, there are plenty of wines in Georgia using local grape varieties (there are estimated to be over 500 grape varietal endemic to Georgia) that are being made in the modern European style. So always ask if you are getting a qvevri wine or not.
Almost all vineyards have qvevri wines, only some, normally the larger ones, are mass producing non-qvevri wines.
Top Vineyards In Georgia
We chose to mainly feature vineyards in Georgia which had at least 1 English speaking staff member during our visit. Some have food options (booked in advance) some have a full restaurant. Every single option has its own unique reason to visit. Will you visit them all?
Baia’s Winery (Near Kutaisi)
Baia is one of Georgia’s top Female entrepreneurs with a focus on bespoke small batch qvevri wines – especially white wines with a magical hint of honey aftertaste. Baia’s winery focuses on 100% organic processes, but due to the prohibitive cost of international certification, it’s almost impossible for independent Georgian wineries to afford to get certified.
When you visit you’ll discover how they follow organic methodology as well as having the option for some fantastic home cooked food!
⇒ Heading to Kutaisi? Our friend Zurab is a local guide there who offers personalised tours.
Khareba Wine Tunnel (Near Telavi)
Khareba is one of the biggest wine producers in Georgia. Although they don’t offer the personal experience you get with the small family wineries, they do have a lot of reasons to visit the main Wine Tunnel site in Kvareli.
First, the 7KM wine tunnel itself. You don’t get to look around the whole 7KM, but you do get to walk through some of the tunnels to the massive wine tasting tunnel (pictured). They also offer bonus experiences like making traditional Georgian shoti bread and churchkhela (sweets). Plus, you can see there Chacha room in action – where they make Georgian grappa. The full service restaurant above the vineyard has an amazing view of the valley and great food with wine priced at… $1 per litre. They do have some more premium wines too though!
Twins Wine Cellar (Near Telavi)
The owner at Twins always has his eye on a business opportunity, so Twins is a mix of commercial and family style. Good news if you want to get to do some fun wine activities like stomp grapes yourself with your feet! Unlike other vineyards which mostly only offer this stomping briefly at harvest time (or, for most places, it’s not available at all), Twins have some early harvest grapes so you can start picking in late August and then stomp the grapes you picked.
Vine Bridge – ვაზის ხიდი – (Near Kutaisi)
Vine Bridge is a brand new facility with big plans to become the must visit vineyard near Kutaisi Airport. They are building a wine hotel. They are also focusing on Georgia’s most successful wine variety – Saperavi (Red) – even though Saperavi does not grow well near Kutaisi. Instead, they are transporting grapes from east Georgia in order to make the Saperavi on site. The Saperavi was excellent!
This one is not well listed online yet. Search “Vine Bridge” on our Georgia Wineries Map below for the location.
Numisi Cellar Museum (Near Telavi)
We loved Numisi wine cellar for their quirky museum. Tours are mostly in Georgian but tours in English are sometimes available if someone is around that day who happens to speak English. The wine is also pretty good (home style). Rather than a “tasting” it’s pretty common in Georgian wineries with home wine, rather than bottled premium wine, that you get a jug of wine rather than a sip of wine! Between 3 people we got a 1/2 litre jug of both red and white. That’s a serious tasting.
Gogi Dvalishvili Wine Cellar (Near Gori)
Giogi’s place is a real home winery. You enter through his house, and down to his personal cellar where we tasted a really interesting selection of premium wines – including a rose (not common in Georgia yet). As well as being a former member of the Georgian national dance team, Giogi has become an expert winemaker, taking over the business from his father and expanding. Reservations essential.
Iago’s Winery (Near Tbilisi)
Iago’s makes the list as it is one of the closest vineyards to Tbilisi. If you want to visit a vineyard, rather than just do a wine tasting, you’d normally have to drive a couple of hours outside the city. Iago’s is just a few minutes drive from Mtskheta, just north of Tbilisi.
Shumi is quite a large producer and they make some really good mid price wines. The star of their vineyard though is the very old Qvevri in their museum (3000BC) and their grape garden – featuring some 100 or so different grape varieties all in one little plot.
Pheasant’s Tears (Sighnaghi)
Pheasant’s Tears are one of the most famous all natural wine producers in Georgia. They’ve done a great job on their marketing, their restaurant, and their wine. So much so, that a stop at Pheasants Tears in Sighnaghi is on many a wine tour itinerary. However, the stop is not a Vineyard Tour. It’s a restaurant in town. The quality is great so we recommend it but if you are looking to visit some vines and see production, this is not the place.
Secret Home Winery & Bottle Museum (Near Kutaisi)
We visited a few very homely vineyards. Most families in the countryside make their own wine. It’s just a part of life. Some make extra wine to sell or send to family in the city. Some are listed on the national wine route (brown road signs), but when you turn up at their door, they don’t speak any English. Which can make things tricky. On our map below I list a few of the home wineries that are very much just someone’s house selling off some excess wine.
However, there are some places that are not on the wine routes, which you need a local guide to visit. Essentially, you are just getting invited to someone’s home for a drink. The most interesting of these we did was in a small village near Kutaisi. The homeowner actually broke the seal on one of his qvevris and served us the first new glass of Georgian amber wine (pictured). This was a pretty unique experience. In addition, he has a private museum of old Soviet and Georgian bottles and memorabilia.
The only way to visit is with a local guide, you can’t turn up by yourself and it’s not listed anywhere – it’s just a private residential home. If too many people go, the guy will likely start turning people away, so even with a guide, there is no guarantee.
To have a chance for this sort of experience, or to get shown around the other vineyards and nature of the area, setup a personalised tour with our guide friend Zurab in Kutaisi.
Take A Wine Tour Or Day Trip
Some of the best scenery and history in Georgia is outside of Tbilisi. Although you can rent a car, some of the roads (and road rules) are pretty terrible. Even google maps should not be trusted outside of Tbilisi as some routes marked as roads are just rocky tracks – we found this out the hard way when trying to self drive to David Gareji Monastery. Plus, if you want to try lots of the amazing Georgian wine and stop in at one of a huge selection of vineyards, getting a guide is the best choice. Here are some popular tour options:
Wine Tasting In Tbilisi
Can’t make it out to the countryside to visit a vineyard in Georgia? Taste Georgian wine in the capital, Tbilisi, instead.
The most fun wine tasting classes in Tbilisi are at 8000 vintages. Join a group, get to know new people and enjoy a really interactive experience with their expert sommelier. Contact 8000 vintages on Facebook in advance for dates and times of classes.
Karalashvili Wine Cellar
Wine tasting, rather than a full class, is awesome at Karalashvili wine cellar in downtown Tbilisi. Try a well prepared selection of wines in an old wine cellar. We loved it so much we even got some of our wedding photos done there after we got married in Tbilisi.
Shumi Cellar Door (Tbilisi)
Wines on tap, as well as many in bottles. Shumi’s Tbilisi cellar door is an interesting interpretation of a traditional country wine room. Find the location, and that of all the items listed in this article, on the Georgian Wineries Map below.
Georgia Wineries Map
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To See What Each Colored Region Is Called, Open The Index Key Using The Button On The Top Left Of The Map Window – This will also reveal the names of wineries.
In order to search winery names from above, open the map in full screen using the top right icon.
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