Harvest Time in the Cradle of Wine: A Georgian Culinary Adventure - October 12, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Culinary Backstreets
Photo Credit: Culinary Backstreets
Photo Credit: Culinary Backstreets
Photo Credit: Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Harvest Time in the Cradle of Wine: A Georgian Culinary Adventure

from $3,320 USD per person for 7 days, 7 nights
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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 BackstreetsIn 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.

Highlights
  • Culinary workshops and wine tastings
  • Agriculture trips
  • Market tours and home-cooked meals
  • Local performances and demonstrations

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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The trip exceeded my expectations. The intimacy of things and places we got were a big surprise. A lot of tours just give surface level experiences but this went above and beyond!
—Seasonn B. (Sep. 2018)

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

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.

Activity Level

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.

Dates and Prices

Oct 12–Oct 18, 2020
Shared Room
$3,320 USD per person
Single Room
$3,795 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,320. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,820 will be due by July 14, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $475 will be due at the time of the final payment.
Included
  • Seven nights of accommodation in a boutique hotel.
  • All meals and wine throughout the trip, with the exception of dinner on Day 6.
  • Transportation during the trip, including in a private coach. Travel within the city will often be by foot.
  • Four experienced, English-speaking guides—three local, one foreign—accompanying you during different sections of the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, sites, workshops, and events.
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Tbilisi, Georgia, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including one dinner and any snacks during the day, as well as any personal expenses.
  • If applicable, applying for a Georgian visa (not required for U.S. or E.U. citizens).

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

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.