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Discover Georgia - September 2019 - Raw Flavors, Wild Wines, Amazing People!

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Discover Georgia - September 2019 - Raw Flavors, Wild Wines, Amazing People!

from 1,499.00

Six Days & Seven Nights

Join our host Natalie Shafrir for an intimate six day, seven night natural wine and food experience in Georgia’s ancient wine country.

Book now for only CHF214.- per Guest per night!

Meet us in Tbilisi!

Arrive in Georgia’s capital on September 26th before setting out east the next morning to dine in local producer's homes, visit amazing eateries, taste wine in ancient artisanal cellars, and experience the country’s wild nature. There will be the ideal balance: experiencing Georgia's cultural richness while taking time to enjoy what’s around us.

A taste…

Natural wines… local cheeses… artisanal beer… silk growers… khachapuri… Tushetian mountain cuisine… Lagodekhi nature reserve… monasteries… deserts… stone sulphur baths…

Discover… and relax!

This trip is meant to revitalise you. You are not bound to the daily itinerary - cook in the workshop or read a book in the sun, walk to the monastery or stay at the winery. Pick and choose from a week full of rejuvenating new experiences.

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Six Days & Seven Nights

Join our host Natalie Shafrir for an intimate six day, seven night natural wine and food experience in Georgia’s ancient wine country.

Book now for only CHF214.- per Guest per night!

Meet us in Tbilisi!

Arrive in Georgia’s capital on September 26th before setting out east the next morning to dine in local producer's homes, visit amazing eateries, taste wine in ancient artisanal cellars, and experience the country’s wild nature. There will be the ideal balance: experiencing Georgia's cultural richness while taking time to enjoy what’s around us.

A taste…

Natural wines… local cheeses… artisanal beer… silk growers… khachapuri… Tushetian mountain cuisine… Lagodekhi nature reserve… monasteries… deserts… stone sulphur baths…

Discover… and relax!

This trip is meant to revitalise you. You are not bound to the daily itinerary - cook in the workshop or read a book in the sun, walk to the monastery or stay at the winery. Pick and choose from a week full of rejuvenating new experiences.

Trip Itinerary:

Sep 26 Arrival Day: The Globe - Tbilisi

Arrival / Free day in Tbilisi / Welcome dinner

Sep 27: Tbilisi - Telavi - Alavani - Babanauri

We will set out East and have a morning tour of the Telavi Market speaking of local cuisine, smelling and tasting different traditional products. Lunch at Sopo & Leo’s beautiful house farm tasting including a tasting of their cheese and wines by Keti Berishvili. Short afternoon walk through the ruins of a medieval church in the wild. Drive to the hotel in the middle of the valley followed by aperitivo on the terrace overlooking the vines. Dinner of traditional mountain cuisine made by a local Tushetian mountain family, accompanies by winemakers Lagazidze.

Sep 28: Babanauri - Tibani - Sighnaghi

Drive to one of the most famous natural wineries in Georgia to spend the day: a walk through the vines speaking of local tradition overcoming Russian occupation. A full introduction to Georgian wine will take place on the winery rooftop overlooking the Caucasus. At this point you’ll be hearing everything about the origins of natural winemaking and will taste ALL the different grapes and styles. Tasting turns into afternoon feast: many different dishes made of the best local produce from the area will be served on a long table. Free time afternoon chill in the winery. Drive to Sighnaghi and check in at Lost Ridge Inn. Individual dinners this evening.

Sep 29: Sighnaghi - Lagodekhi - Sighnaghi

Day walk into natural reserve Lagodekhi, picnic by the black waterfall with cider by John Okro, another fellow Sighnaghi winemaker. Chill time by the waterfall then back to the hotel. Dinner at gatherer and silk grower Lamara for local wild dishes followed by a free evening in the valley.

Sep 30: Sighnaghi - Udabno

Breakfast and a lazy morning at the ranch: rest on the hammocks or ride a horse down the valley. Artisanal beer tasting and lunch cooking workshop with the local ladies in the outdoor stone kitchen. Learn how to bake khachapuri or be the one that steals a taste from the prep bowls. After lunch drive to Udabno, the Georgian desert by the border with Azerbaijan. Sunset aperitivo with wines by another well-known local favorite. Free evening in the beautiful Udabno Oasis: you can eat dinner whenever you want, read your book by the fire, or take a walk into the infinite landscape

Oct 1: Udabno - Sagarejo

Breakfast in Udabno. Drive to the beautiful southern plateau to the David Garedji monastery. Drive to Lapati winery where two French guys make the first Pet Nat in Georgia using ancestral methods. Lunch at the winery. Drive to Tbilisi. Check in at Ghomi 19. Evening dip: 1 hour in the traditional private stone sulphur bath. Free dinner.

Oct 2: Tbilisi - Home

Free day in the city. A big goodbye dinner bash! Natalie will be taking whoever wants to join for a night out, visiting some of the best cocktail bars and maybe even manage to see some of Tbilisi’s amazing electronic music scene. Back to hotel. Transport to Airport during the night or next day after breakfast.

The Fine Print:

Cost includes transport, 7 nights accommodation, all workshops, visits, tastings and meals elaborated in the program. Cost is for a single in a twin room. Individuals that would like to upgrade their accommodation to have private double rooms may do so for CHF245.

Flights out can be arranged from mid day on the 2nd till the end of the 3rd of October. Your hotel room the night of the 2nd is included. If you fly out during the night and won’t be needing that night’s accommodation we will of course refund you that value. The same goes if you happen to miss the farewell dinner.

Anyone who wants to stay longer in Georgia will have Natalie at their disposal for travel advice.

Price does not include:

Flights, travel insurance, expenses on day of arrival (26/9) and day of departures (2/10) except dinners and accommodation, free dinner in Tbilisi (1/10)