Tucked between the Black and Caspian Seas and in the shadow of Europe’s highest mountains you'll find Georgia—a tiny country with an astounding culinary heritage and a winemaking tradition tracing back eight millennia. We’ll be delving into this appetizing wonderland during rtveli—the grape harvest—Georgia’s most inspiring time of year. And we aren’t only going to witness the harvest—we're going to take part in it, too. On this mouthwatering gastronomic adventure, we’ll explore in and around the capital of Tbilisi, paying homage to Svetitskhovloba, the country’s holiest site, before dipping into some of the finest wine from one of the most underrated wine regions in the world. We’ll also spend two days in the stunning Alazani Valley, where we’ll experience the deep reverence for winemaking that defines this land. Along the way, we’ll take in unique performances, visit little-known spots, and to cap things off, learn to cook our own Georgian feast, or supra.
Our partner, Culinary Backstreets: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we've partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
For flights in and out of Tbilisi International Airport (TBS), we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on October 12 and depart anytime on October 18. Note that most inbound and outbound flights at TBS are scheduled for very early in the morning. We’ve arranged early check-in on the 12th so that you have a place to sleep when you land in the wee hours. We’ll provide the option of booking additional nights at our Tbilisi hotel before and/or after the tour, and are more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on during a couple cooking workshops.
We encourage an adventurous palate! However, if you’d like to avoid meat, the Georgian diet is vegetarian-friendly, so we can almost always supplement a non-meat dish. Avoiding gluten, on the other hand, will be challenging. If you’d like to join but are gluten-intolerant, you’ll need to bring and/or buy a steady stash of snacks to supplement your meals.