The history of wine and the history of Georgia seem as entangled as the abundance of grapevines that weave their way throughout the wine-growing region of Kakheti, in the eastern tip of Georgia. Within Kakheti province is the growing tourist destination of Sighnaghi, where grapevines have even been spotted growing from the balconies of this charming town.
With seemingly 1,000s of years of wine history and 100s of types of grapes, you must consider a tour, a tasting, and a thorough understanding of the toast, which is rumored to last for hours.
The area is a sort of living museum dedicated to the art of wine where at least one winery still promises to produce wine in precisely the same way it was made in Georgia in 6,000 BC - fermented in large clay jars buried up to the neck underground in traditional wine cellars.
Hotel Kabadoni is next to the former city walls and the Sighnaghi Museum. Other local attractions include:
- Bodbe Monastery: 2 km SE
- Ikalto Monastery: 75 km NW
- Gremi Castle: 60 km N
- Alaverdi Cathedral: 75 km NW
- Lagodekhi Nature Reserve: 50 km NE