Georgia Wine Country: Sighnaghi სიღნაღი

For a leisurely overnight trip from Tbilisi, my friend Meg planned a lovely trip to the nearby village of Sighnaghi, in the wine-producing region of Kakheti. Archaeological evidence shows that Georgians have been producing wine since 8000 BC! Georgians are extremely passionate about their wine – individual families will even grown vines in their own backyard. It was wonderful driving past the Georgian vineyards in Kakheti and wandering through the narrow streets of Signaghi. A very nice excursion from the urban hustle of Tbilisi – a Georgian Napa Valley.

Loving the blooming roses and curly cue details….

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Approaching Signaghi – a village perched on a hill.

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Rooftops of Sighaghi, amongst the clouds…

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The streets of Sighnaghi

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Buildings in the town square..

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More charming doorways…

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Colorful scarves for sale in the village market.

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Fountain

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Wandering…

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Beautiful Sighnaghi…

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Small town charm – cobbled streets and balconies..

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After exploring for a bit, we went to Pheasant’s Tears, which specializes in organic Georgian wines and foods. It was time for proper Georgian wine-tasting, and of course, toasts!

Quotation at the entrance of Pheasant’s Tears

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Wine cellar tour – Georgian wines are produced in the traditional qveri style – fermented and aged in clay vessels lined with beeswax and buried in the earth. 

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The remains from the wine-making are then distilled using the distiller below to make chacha – a strong Georgian “brandy”.

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A traditional Georgian wine-making vessel

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Tasting! With Georgian cheese and bread, naturally. Toasting to friends, family, and Georgia.

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We followed our wine tasting with a feast of Georgian foods at a place around the corner, called Nicholas. To start, a traditional Georgian peasant salad – sweet tomatoes, cool crisp cucumbers and fresh parsley. So simple and delicious!

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Sizzling mushrooms stuffed with Sulguni cheese – yum!

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Khachapuri, on a stick!

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And to round out our meal, some khinkali – delicious meat dumplings reminiscent of Shanghai Xiao Long Bao. It’s always interesting to discover food doppelgängers!

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2 thoughts on “Georgia Wine Country: Sighnaghi სიღნაღი

  1. Hello,
    for a french WINE Magazine, We have an article about georgian QVERIS,
    would it be possible to use one of your picture ?
    many thanks in advance
    best regards
    Brigitte Cipière Magazine LA VIGNE

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