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Tbilisi and the Western Winelands 2024

June 8-16, 2024

Feast your way from the riverine capital Tbilisi to the miracles of Western Georgia, where cave monasteries and an ancient wine culture collide. Hosted and inspired by the adventure, curiosity, and connections of Georgia’s most celebrated chefs and winemakers.

Natia Svanidze

Our Host

Activist, Bon Vivant
Natia Svanidze

Nathan Thornburgh

Trip Guide

R&K Co-Founder
Nathan Thornburgh

R&K Trip Itinerary

There are few countries on earth with as fierce a hospitality culture as Georgia. Come experience the most well-connected week of insider access you can have to this incredible cuisine, shaped by the Silk Road and thousands of years of pride and innovation.

June 8-16, 2024

Day 1

Jun 8 Sat

A Tbilisi Welcome

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Welcome cocktails with Tekuna Gachicheladze and your hosts in the Ground Bar at the ultra-stylish Stamba Hotel
  • Head to the village of Garikula, a rural escape for Tbilisi artists and creatives
  • Our first dinner at the Nadimi Fire Food Feast, a gastronomic performance featuring five authentic open fire cooking methods, with a concert by the renowned contemporary Georgian artist, Tamada

Day 2

Jun 9 Sun

Tbilisi’s Finest

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, Tbilisi, Georgia 0108
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Languorous breakfast at Stamba Hotel
  • A walk through Dezerter Bazaar Market with writer Paul Rimple
  • Lunch at the Shavi Lomi restaurant, under the celebrated chef Meriko Gubeladze
  • Deep all-regions wine tasting at Stamba’s new wine bar
  • Dinner at Salobie Bia hosted by Chef Giorgi Iosava featuring Georgian bean mastery (yes, it’s a thing here) and Jonjoli salad

Day 3

Jun 10 Mon

Into the Winelands

  • Vazisubani Estate
  • Vazisubani Estate Kakheti Region, Vazisubani, 1504
  • 0353200222
  • Private adjaruli khachapuri breakfast at Cafe Stamba
  • Transfer to Kakheti wine region 
  • Wine tasting with Vincent Julliens at Lapati Wines, showcasing the art of making Qvevri wine
  • A relaxing late lunch at Pheasant’s Tears in Sighnaghi with chef Gio Rokashvili, accompanied by one of Georgia’s best revival polyphonic choirs, Zedashe
  • Check-in at Vazisubani Estate, an aristocratic rural retreat in Kakheti

Day 4

Jun 11 Tue

The Mighty Supra

  • Vazisubani Estate
  • Vazisubani Estate Kakheti Region, Vazisubani, 1504
  • 0353200222
  • Free morning for swimming, relaxing, or hiking
  • Head out to Nekresi Monastery for a private tour and lunch at Nekresi Estate, hosted by Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze
  • A mid-afternoon supra feast in wine country with Tekuna Gachechiladze and Irakli Bluishvili, winemaker behind Blui’s wines

Day 5

Jun 12 Wed

Kakheti to Vardzia

  • Vardzia Resort
  • Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi, Georgia
  • +995 591 32 15 15
  • Leisurely morning at Vazisubani Estate
  • Lunch in Artana with Winemaker Keti Berishvili
  • Transfer from Vazisubani to the western winelands of Vardzia: ROADTRIP
  • Dinner of grilled seafood and cold beer along the Mtkvari River at Valodia’s Cottages
  • Check-in and rack out at Vardzia Resort

Day 6

Jun 13 Thu

God is Good

  • Vardzia Resort
  • Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi, Georgia
  • +995 591 32 15 15
  • Morning trip to the legendary Vardzia cave monastery complex
  • Hike to Chachkari village, the ancient wine-suppliers to the monastery below
  • Aluda’s in Chobareti for tenili cheese-making, a chance to help make Meskhetian dumplings, and a supreme Meskhetian village feast
  • Riverside picnic with the wines of Giorgi Natenadze, renowned winemaker recovering the roots of Meskhetian wine

Day 7

Jun 14 Fri

Return to the capital

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Returning to Tbilisi through the Dukhobor village of Gorelovka
  • Lunch with the nuns at Phoka Nunnery
  • Dinner at the restaurant OtsY hosted by chef Giorgi Ninua

Day 8

Jun 15 Sat

A last touch of Tbilisi

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Free morning of shopping or coffee in Tbilisi’s ancient center
  • A visit to Tbilisi’s historic baths and their pools of hot, sulphur-rich water
  • Lunch at Keto & Kote for a modern twist on Georgia’s unrivaled cuisine
  • Farewell dinner at the historic mansion that houses Café Littera

Day 9

Jun 16 Sun


  • Last breakfast at Stamba Hotel
  • Private transfer to Tbilisi Airport

The Hotels

The casual-cool luxury of Stamba Hotel in the historic Vera neighborhood of Tbilisi makes it truly one of our favorite hotels in the world. Every design detail, every member of staff, every cocktail served at Stamba—they all add up to a singular experience, and an ideal home in Georgia.

In Kakheti, our group is taking over the stately Vazisubani Estate, one of the finest rural properties in Georgia, with a neoclassical elegance and of course an infinity pool looking out toward the towering Caucasus Mountains.

The Vardzia Resort is nestled in one of the most dramatic locations in all of Georgia. Located in the deep Mtkvari River valley, just across from the Vardzia cave monastery, the resort is a perfect contrast of modern conveniences with the ancient landscape around it.

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