At the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, the country of Georgia is a surprising budding treasure where wine, food and culture intertwine with each other and gives every tourist an experience of a lifetime. Called the Cradle of Wine, the country’s 8,000 year old method of wine making in qvevris (earthenware vessels resembling amphorae but without handles) has recently been included in UNESCO’s Intagible Cultural Heritage List. Given this importance in winemaking, Georgian vineyards have opened their doors to wine tours to taste and learn about the oldest known winemaking method that is still in use in modern day.
Kakheti is the largest wine producing region of Georgia and it is just a couple of hours away from the capital, Tbilisi. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a few days of wine tours and spas without jostling among hoards of tourists. If you are after a relaxing time in discovering a totally new culture with unique wines and food that is still at the beginning of its fast-growing wine tourism, the Kakheti region is the place to be.
Here, we have 4 hotels that keeps up with any worldly travelers needs in the Kakheti region.
Right in the heart of Kvareli town, this sprawling two-storey modern hotel has the facilities to make your stay comfortable and luxurious. Staying in this charming hotel itself is already a holiday for they have wine spas to keep you in tune with your holiday. They are also equipped with bowling, billiards and a tennis court. In one of their two restaurants, the traditionally furnished one, you can also experience the true Georgian cuisine and and paired with qvevri wines taken straight from the qvevris under the ground. The breakfast is an amazing array of savory and sweet treats to start your day well.
Hotel Kabadoni is a beautiful boutique spa hotel located at the end of the beautiful small town of Sighnaghi. At 790 m. above sea level, and facing the Greater Caucasus mountains and Alazani Valley, the view is spectacular. If your room is facing that side, you are in for a big treat with the magnificent views from sunrise until sunset. On the top floor, there is a panoramic terrace were you can spend your time admiring the beauty of the Caucasus mountains. The rooms are elegantly furnished with very spacious bathrooms. The hotel offers spa treatments along with the use of their sauna, pool and gym. In the morning, they believe in starting it right by serving a good breakfast buffet spread.
Taking the name of the nearby town, Chateau Mere was built in 2011 with a special touch from its proprietors. From the main building, where the restaurant is located, you can feel the coziness of a big house decorated with bric-a-bric, as you warm yourself up in the fireplace with couches around it. The chateau is a producer of wines under the name Winiveria where they keep their cellars and qvevris right in the premises too. The rooms are located on top of the main building and in the single tower in front of it where you can stay in circular rooms with great views. In summer, there’s a pool to enjoy while you soak in the sun and the views.
Located in the city of Telavi, the capital of Kakheti region, Hotel Old Telavi are located in two buildings, a historical 19th century building and a newer one. The hotel has a restaurant where you can try traditional Georgian cuisine. The rooms are ornately decorated with heavy wooden furniture in rich and dark toned walls. In contrast, the shower boxes are modern and fully-equipped with different functional buttons.