Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Baku
You will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. This is a free day.
Day 2: Baku - Aghsu - Ismayilli
Your journey will start with Azgranata where you will have exciting pomegranate wine. The Az-Granata winery was built with the establishment of one of the largest fruit juice producers in the South Caucasus region of Az-Granata LLC, established in 2011. The plant located in Aghsu was built on a plot of 5.5 hectares. The area of the main covered part of the plant is 20,500 m2. The plant operates shops for the reception and primary processing of fruit, the production of alcohol, the production and bottling of wine and other spirits. The plant is equipped with equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and France. Az-Granata has grape and pomegranate gardens of 450 and 400 hectares, respectively. Pomegranate gardens are organic and certified by the German Institute Lacon GmbH. Fruit gardens, their methods of cultivation and production are regularly checked by local and foreign specialists. In the gardens, a drip irrigation system is used.
The grapes grown are Sultanina, Prima, Cardinal, Alfons Lavalle, Medrese, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. The variations of pomegranate grown are Gyulyovsha, Pink Gyulovsha, Kirmzyzy-kabukh, Nazik-kabukh, Bala Muralsal, Afgan, and others.
At Azgranata winery, you will have an unlimited number of wine tastings, including pomegranate wine tasting and organic sparkling wine made of pomegranate, the first in the world, with snacks. You will then be taken to Shato Monolit Winery/Guesthouse where you will have a guided tour through the vineyards, visit the winery, watch the process of wine production and storage in one of the largest wine cellars of Azerbaijan, Chabiant Wine tasting.
You will stay overnight at Shato Monolit Guesthouse.
Day 3: Ismayilli - Qabala - Ganja
The next day after breakfast, you will be taken to Savalan, crystal-clear water cascading down from the great Caucasus Mountains, winding its way through the lavish land in the foothills of the valley and suffusing the sun-bathed vines. These ripe, abundant grapes are then collected and handled with care and love before being transformed by the apparent magic of a master into wine. This is what happens every year in the Savalan valley.
On the slopes of the Greater Caucasus ridge and in unique climatic conditions there exists 350 hectare vineyards where 22 wine grape varieties and 12 table grape varieties are grown including, but not limited to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Riesling, Moscato White, Aleatico, Traminer and Verdejo. Most are the yield of seedlings from leading companies like Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR) and France’s Gontard Freres. The vines grow 400 meters above sea level, surrounded by the river, where the average temperature, the amount of precipitation and daily and an annual ratio of sunshine hours consummately combine integrate with each other and create the most favorable conditions for growing grapes.
Nowadays a large winery, with state-of-the-art from a technological point of view, is used to create unique wines in the best traditions of international quality. The products are constantly tested at the most advanced plant laboratory and are stored inside high-quality oak barrels produced in France and İtaly.
After finishing with Savalan, you will be taken to Ganja where the first winemaking factory in Azerbaijan is located. It is one of the oldest winemaking plants in the South Caucasus, Goygol Wine Factory, which has a history of 150 years.
Established in 1860 by Schwab’s Germans, who were then inhabited by present-day Yelenendorf in Goygol. When the Germans lived in this area, that area was called the Hanik village, where the Oguz tribe lived.
In 1862 the Joint Force Brotherhood was established. This society was led by X. Forer and his sons Gottlob, Friedrich, Henryk, and Christofer. At that time, the Gummel Brothers Trade House was established, with H.Gummel and his sons Jacob, Albert, Georgie, and Gothlib. The management of the two communities was in Yelenendorf, their representations and sales centers functioned in Ganja, Baku, Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Tomsk, and Batumi. On August 8, 1922, the Concordia Cooperative, established on the basis of this plant, was the largest wine-making farm in the Caucasus, producing wine, cognac, and vodka at that time.
Thirteen types of grapes are cultivated at Goygol Wine Processing Company. Goygol Wine Factory OJSC has a vast area of 517 hectares of high quality local and European grape varieties. Breaded grape tins are derived from Gontard Freresepinieres Viticles, France’s well-known companies and Italy’s Vivai Marci, adapted to local conditions. Currently, the Grape and Grape varieties grow in the Goygol and Samukh regions of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Saperavi, Madrasa, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Rkasiteli, Grenas, Muskat, Bayan-juir, grape varieties. After finishing with the winery, you will overnight in a hotel in Ganja.
Day 4: Georgia - Azerbaijan border - Sighnaghi - Bodbe - Kvareli - Shilda
After breakfast, you will leave for Georgia. You will continue your journey around the Kakheti Region. This time you will have an excursion in the city of love, Sighnaghi, with its houses in European style, and monastery of Bodbe, where is buried St. Nino, Enlightener of Georgians. Then Traveling to Kvareli Village. Next, you will see one of the main attractions of the Kakheti region, the Khareba Wine Tunnel. The tunnel is located in the rock and has a natural ideal temperature for storing wine. About 25,000 bottles of Georgian wine are stored here. You will have the opportunity to taste the best varieties of Georgian wine, Chacha, take part in a master class of baking Georgian bread and prepare a traditional Georgian dessert, Churchkhela, as well as wrapping Khinkali, baking Khachapuri and preparing Shashlik. In the evening you will accommodate at the hotel Shaloshvili’s cellar in Village Shilda, taste wine from the Shaloshvili’s cellar and spend the night in this hotel.
Day 5: Shilda - Tsinandali - Shumi - Tbilisi.
After breakfast, you will move to the house-museum of famous Georgian poet Alexander Chavchavadze in Tsinandali Village. Tsinandali Estate is the cradle of classical winemaking of Georgia, the place where Georgian wine was first bottled. Saperavi of 1841 and other 19th-century historical vintages are still preserved at Princely Collection. In the collection starting from 1814, one can find Tsinandali, Saperavi, Chateau Lafitte, Chateau d’Yquem and other legends of the period. You will taste five taps of wine and Chacha here and continue your trip to Shumi Winery. Shumi owns vineyards in unique micro-zones, famous for their geographical locations. The winery, built in 2001 is furnished with the state-of-the-art equipment, enabling control of all stages of the winemaking process, and is considered as one of the best in Georgia. You will have an excursion in winemaking Shumi, and you will taste four kinds of premium-class wine. At the end of the day, you will travel to Tbilisi and accommodate at the hotel.
Day 6: Tbilisi city Tour. Excursion to Chateau Mukhrani.
After breakfast, your acquaintance with the capital of Georgia will begin. You will see the main sights of the city: the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity). Then you will move to the very center of the old city, where you will see Metekhi rock, hanging over the bank of the river Kura, on which the old Church of the Assumption stands picturesquely, and the equestrian statue of the king of Georgia, Vakhtang Gorgasali, decorates the church in front. Walking along the modern Rike Park in the center of the capital, where the famous Peace Bridge is located, you will continue your tour and take the cable car to the ruins of the ancient fortress Narikala, which has guarded the city of Tbilisi since the 4th century. Acquaintance with the capital will end in the area of the city Abanotubani and its hot sulfur springs, from which, according to legend, the history of the founding of the city began. Then you will move to the surrounding of the capital, village Natakhtari, where you are awaited by Chateau Mukhrani. This is the first and the only true Georgian Royal Chateau, which unites four key components: vineyards, winery, castle, and history. You will have a tour around Chateau Mukhrani. The guide will tell you the history of the Georgian royal family, discover the art of Chateau’s winemaking and taste four kinds of premium wine and Chacha. In the evening you will return to Tbilisi.
Day 7: Transfer to airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.