Tucked away in the foothills of the Tsiv-Gombori mountains just south of the Caucusus, is the sleepy wine riddled town of Telavi. This historic city is the heart of the Kakheti region and known for its charming nostalgic streets, traditional wine cellars, ruined Batonis Tsikhe, and picturesque surroundings. Whether you’re headed out on a day trip from Tbilisi or looking to soak up Telavi for a few days – here are some things to add to your list.
Visit a Small Family Winery
Of course, no visit to Telavi (or Kakheti as a whole) is complete without at least one visit to a small family winery. It’s what the region is known for and not without cause as the entire area is dotted with tiny vineyards and cozy cellars. The absolute best winery I can recommend is Togonidze’s Wine Cellar in Shalauri. If you’re looking for more options, though, I’ve got you covered here.
Stroll the Tsinandali Estate
Just outside Telavi in Tsinandali, you’ll find the Tsinandali Estate, which houses Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s memorial home, stunning gardens, and a historical winery. A 7 lari ticket comes with a tour through the museum/Chavchavadze home and a complimentary glass of wine in the Radisson lobby, which is located on the grounds.