Kakheti wine region is one of the largest regions of Georgia. Kakheti region belongs to part of Eastern Georgia and highland Tusheti. This historically ancient region is known for both its productivity and the abundance of historical monuments. Both agriculture and cattle breeding are developed. The Alazani river basin and the Iori river feed this truly rich land, where winemaking is by far the most developed industry. Kakheti has the most vineyards in Georgia. Winemaking has a history of more than 5000 years, so Kakhetian wine is famous not only in Georgia but all over the world.

Despite the repeated destruction by the enemy, the Kakhetians have preserved the culture of winemaking, which they are proud of and quite rightly. In addition to wine culture, Kakheti is famous for its abundance of historical monuments, diverse nature and folklore. All this together creates a wonderful atmosphere for traveling to this side. There are many historical sights as well as natural hiking places. It’s not necessary to love wine to visit Kakheti, there are many other interesting things to do. Kakheti is one of the most popular destinations for travelers of all tastes.

What to see in Kakheti wine region


Signagi - city of love

Sighnaghi as a settlement was first mentioned in sources in the first half of the 18th century. The city is located on a high hill overlooking the expanses of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Ranges. City is surrounded by 4 km gate which gives ancient charm to the city.

Kakheti wine region - Sighnaghi town - What to see in Kakheti

Alaverdi cathedral (XVIII)

is located on Alazani valley, on the background of snowy mountains of Caucasus Range. One of the largest Cathedral in Georgia is 50 meters higher.

Alaverdi cathedral - Kakheti what to see -  Kakheti wine region

Tsinandali museum

(House-Museum and Wine storage) – village in Telavi Municipality. Village is known for the fact that here the house-museum of Alexander Chavchavadze . Here is a unique wine cellar of the 19th century, where Georgian wine was first produced according to European technology.

Tsinandali museum - Kakheti what to see -  wine region

David Gareja (VI)

One of the most prominent religious and cultural centers of feudal Georgia, a complex of monastic caves. The complex was founded in the first half of the VI century by one of the Assyrian fathers, David. He came with his disciple Lucian to the Gareja desert and settled in a small, natural cave. Thus was laid the foundation of the monastery.

David gareja in Kakheti region

Nekresi Monastery (IV)

Abibo Nekreseli settled here in the VI century. During his time, the Episcopal Church of Nekresi was established (existed until the 19th century). Abibos is one of the "Assyrian fathers" who came to Georgia in the middle of the VI century to spread and establish Christianity. Small sized basilica (IV century) – is the oldest in Georgia among the churches survived till now.

Nekresi church in Kvareli - Kakheti what to see

Lagodekhi Waterfall

Waterfall in Lagodekhi Nature Reserve, founded in 1912 by Polish naturalist Ludwik Mlokosiewicz. It occupies 19749 ha, of which 12346 ha is covered by forest.

Lagodekhi waterfall in Kakheti

Ikalto monastery

The monastery was founded in the VI century by Zeno, one of the Assyrian fathers. Later, Ikalto Academy was established here - a higher education institution in Georgia in the XI-XII centuries. This is confirmed by the ruins of a building left in the yard of the monastery.

Ikalto monastery in Kakheti region- Georgia

Khornabuji castle

Medieval fortress-town in Eastern Georgia, the center of Kambechovani, one of the provinces of the historical Kingdom of Kartli. Historical-architectural-archeological monument is located 2-3 km north of Dedoplistskaro, on the right bank of the river Alazani, south of the village Karaghaji, on the top of an inaccessible rocky mountain.

castle in Kkaheti region - Khornabuji

Gremi complex

Gremi Complex - a monument of Georgian architecture, located on a high hill in the village of Gremi, Kvareli Municipality. It was built by King Levan of Kakheti in 1565. Painting was completed in 1577.

Gremi castle complex in kkaheti region
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Kakheti wine region history

Based on archeological excavations, it is established that Kakheti had the best natural conditions even for human life during the Stone Age. That is why traces of life and cultural development in this region date back at least more than 10,000 years. Independent political life begins after Kakheti was separated from the Kingdom of Kartli in the VIII century.

During this period Kartli was conquered by the Arabs. The people of the East Caucasus wished for independence and after long struggles, they achieved their goal. They separated the Kingdom of Kartli and laid the foundation for the emergence of Kakheti as a separate independent region.  They maintained their independent status until the 12th century when David the Builder was able to unite Georgia and bring all regions into one political and geographical boundary.

Kakheti as an independent feudal state was established after the next disintegration of Georgia in the XV century when the last king of united Georgia George VIII became king in Kakheti. In 1762, King Erekle II inherited the Kingdom of Kartli and it joined Kakheti, after which the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was formed.

Kakheti Wine

Kakheti is the largest and most important region of Georgian winemaking. 75% of the wines produced in Georgia are produced in Kakheti. There is no analog of making Kakhetian traditional wine in the whole world. “Qvevri” – This is the name of a clay pitcher in Georgia,  where grape juice is processed and retains its aroma and useful substances.  High-quality wines of the European standard are also produced from grape varieties in Kakheti. Among the local and cultivated varieties of Kakheti are noteworthy: Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, Green Kakhetian, Kisi, Khikhvi, Tavkveri, Ikalto Red and others.