Kakheti 3
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Kakheti 3

Distance from Tbilisi: 80 km

Hours to drive: 1 hour 20 minutes

Best time to visit: spring, summer, autumn, winter

Kakheti is the most important wine region in Georgia in quantitative, qualitative and even historic terms. Almost three-quarters of the country's wine grapes are grown here, on land that has been used for viticulture for thousands of years. In June 2013, when Russia lifted its seven-year ban on Georgian wine imports, the first wines across the border were from Kakheti wineries.

Kakheti is home to some of the oldest human habitations in the entire Caucasus region, and archaeological findings have suggested that wine has been produced here for several thousand years. The region's strong relationship with wine and vine was captured in Georgia's famous hymn 'Thou Art a Vineyard', written in the 12th Century by Demetrius I – a king known for his writing and poetry – during his time at the David Gareja monastery in southern Kakheti (very close to Georgia's border with Azerbaijan). Demetrius dedicated the work to the region's fertility, and it remains an important part of Georgian heritage today.

Sightseeing:

Sighnaghi is a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti. It was founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia, and as locals say, it is the only city in Georgia that has fully preserved the fortress walls that are crowned with watchtowers, where one can climb to get the magnificent view of the Alazani valley.

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The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe - is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there.

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