Kakheti is one of the most beautiful and diverse areas of Georgia. Its stunning landscapes include the snow-covered Caucasus mountains, with peaks reaching up to 4,500m, next to the incredibly fertile valleys, fields, and even semi-desert areas. It’s perfect for hiking, biking and trekking.
Winemaking in Kakheti can be traced back several thousand years. Archaeologists have discovered remains dating back to 6th Century BC that shows Georgia I almost certainly the cradle of wine. And once you taste it, you’ll understand why this delicious, unfiltered, organic wine is so popular.
The fascinating and exclusive area of Tusheti is hidden away in the Caucasus mountains. The Abano Pass is only open from mid-June to early October and travellers should expect the unexpected as they wind their way between the steeps cliffs.
Gareja is one of the largest monastery complex in Georgia, built between 6-17th centuries, the monastery is even more remarkable for being carved entirely in the rock. It was once a Royal monastery and the churches represent almost the entire range of architectural and artistic styles from the 6th century onwards, while its original frescos are equally stunning.
Bodbe monastery dates back to the 4th-9th century. This is where St. Nino, the inlighter of all Georgians died and is buried.
Gremi Monastery Complex
The magnificent town of Gremi was briefly the capital of Kakheti. The Archangel Church, built in 1565, is considered as one of the masterpieces of late medieval Kakhetian architecture.
The town of Nekresi was founded by King Parnajom in 2nd century BC. In the 4th century AD king Trdat built a church in the town, which is now one of the oldest Christian churches in Georgia.
Dzveli (Old)Gavazi Church
The Virgin Mary Temple in DzveliGavazi (present Akhalsopeli) is an outstanding monument of Georgian architecture, dating back to the 6th century.
Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery
Situated in a hollow, between forest-covered mountains. The walls of churches here still have fragments of frescos and inscriptions made in older Georgian Asomtavruli alphabet.
Akhali (New) Shuamta Temple
According to the legend, this temple was built when Lord Gurieli’s younger daughter Tinatin dreamed that she would marry the prince in whose farmstead she would find a white cornel tree. In return she would have to build a Holy Virgin church there. Later, Tinatin’s dream came true and she married King Levan of Kakheti. In return he did indeed build temple, and she was eventually buried here.
Alaverdi monastery was founded in the second half of the 6th century by Father Ioseb from Alaverdi who is buried in the Monastery.
GurjaaniKvelatsminda is a wonderful example of a transitional period in Georgian culture. The 8th century church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is the only two-domed temple in Georgia. It was also the scene of a miracle, attributed to the Virgin Mary where milk was found to pour from its bare walls.
Built in the early 19th century by the Chachavadze family, the Tsinandali estate is encircled by well-maintained gardens and rare trees not found elsewhere in Georgia.
Vashlovani Protected Area
Vashlovani Protected Area I located between the two main rivers of Kakheti- The Lori and Alazani. This place is considered as Georgia’s most unexplored area. Vashlovaniis destination for the true adventurer.
Lagodekhi Protected Areas
One of the first National Parks in the entire Caucasus. A feast for nature lovers, it has preserved forests, glacial lakes, waterfalls, deep valleys, and access to a wide variety of Kakheti’s wildlife.
Tusheti National Park
One of the most ecologically unspoiled regions in the Caucasus. With mountains reaching up to 4,800m the park embraces alpine meadows, glaciers, rivers, well-preserved pine forests, and ll-year round snow-capped peaks.
King’s Castle is located in Telavi and served as the mainc residence of the Kakhetian Kings in the 17th-18th centuries. The Palace now houses King Erekle’s house-museum.
The name of the rown come from Turkish word “Signak” meaning a shelter. Down the hill from the main town there are several historic churches and a museum which displays many archaeological, ethnographical and the artefacts including musical instruments, weapons clothes, and many other historical items of everyday life.
Kvareli is a quaint town situated in the middle of the Alazani River Plain and is famous as the home of renowned Georgian writer Ilia Chavchavadze.
Ilia Chavchavadze House Museum
The museum encompasses the family tower and the residential house of the Chavchavadze family, also an exhibition hall, a lecture hall, an archive fund, and the works displaying Chavchavadze’s life (1837-1907). The museum is surrounded by a picturesque garden.