Driving distance: 135 km
The guide will pick you up from Kutaisi hotel. As the tour is private, we start upon your convenience.
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. Here we see Imeretian grape varieties (Tsitska, Tsolikauri, Krakhuna, Sapere), Aleqsandrouli grapes from Racha origins, Chardonay - from France, and Usakhelauri - from Tsageri cultivated in the vineyards. Wines are fermented in traditional Georgian qvevri vessels in accordance to the European filtration methods. After a tour through the vineyards, proceed to wine tasting.
The second place for wine tasting is in the village Sazano, Imereti region. This area can be considered as a transition vine-growing zone between Imereti and Racha. In Sazano wine cellar we are served exclusive wines, produced from rare and unique grape varieties. Lunch and wine tasting at a local host family.
Continue the tour towards the north, passing by mining town Tkibuli, Nakerala mountain pass (1218 m) with amazing panoramic views, and Shaori Reservoir. On this picturesque way we make several stops for leisure until we reach Sad Meli winery. A cozy family wine cellar is in 10 km from Ambrolauri town. Sad Meli winery uses traditional qvevri for winemaking and storing. Fertile soil and humid climate with medium cold winters contribute to the quality and exclusiveness of vines here.
Wine tasting and dinner is served by host.
Overnight at Sad Meli Guesthouse (or similar).