The eastern region of Kakheti is Georgia’s wine country. Hundreds of different grapes are grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. Almost everywhere you go in Kakheti, at almost any time of day, you’ll be invited to a glass of wine and it’s easy to find yourself wandering around in a semipermanent mellow haze.
Kakheti is also an area rich in history and was an independent or semi-independent kingdom for long periods. Here you’ll find the incredible monastery complex of Davit Gareja, many beautiful churches, castles and mansions around the main town, Telavi, and picturesque Sighnaghi, which is being developed as the capital of wine tourism.
A very good time to visit is September or October, when the rtveli (grape harvest) is being taken in, to the accompaniment of feasts, musical events and other celebrations. Many accommodation places can organise for you to see the harvest in action and join in the partying. The region is famous for its drinking songs, the most famous of all being ‘Mravalzhamieri’.