This small lovely town is located in the northeastern part of Kakheti Region. Just 1.5-hour drive from the capital Tbilisi and you will see the greatest views of Caucasus Mountains. Kvareli is famous for its wineries and centuries-old wine-making tradition. The red semi-sweet wine “Kindzmarauli” is their all favorite wine.
In my opinion, Kvareli is the most beautiful city in Kakheti Region, thanks to its nature and views of mountains all around it. It was a hometown of one of the most famous Georgian writer, political figure, poet and publisher - Ilia Chavchavadze, who was also called “father of the nation”. He wrote a poem “Kvareli Mountains” to describe its beauty.
There are many wineries in Kvareli; however, the most favorite place for tourists is a winery “Khareba”, which offers a unique experience – tour in the mysterious tunnel (Gvirabi). This tunnel was opened in 1962 for the World Wine Congress and it is almost 8 km length.
Nowadays, tourists are able to see showrooms and hear stories, while walking in a small part of this tunnel. Being in this place means to have a very memorable experience as at the end of the tour, they offer degustation of different kind of wines and many more interesting activities. For example, you can take part in the process of making bread and churchkhela (national sweet). You can also taste Georgian Chacha (vodka) and have a tasty Georgian dinner in their restaurant with the beautiful views of the waterfall and magical garden.
The next sightseeing is an architectural monument that has survived from the town of Gremi. It is dated back to 16th century. This church is located on the way to Kvareli and looks magnificent at any time of the season.
After Gremi Church you can visit Nekresi Monastery which is just in 10 minutes away from Gremi. This place is very famous for its impressive views of Alazani Valley. This Monastery is located on the hill, so you have to either drive to it for 1.5 km or go by foot. This complex is founded by the 13 Siryan fathers in the 6th century. Their aim of visiting Georgia was to spread and strengthen Christianity.
How about to have a nice rest after exploring these historical places in and around Kvareli? You can see magnificent lakes in this town. Let’s start with Ilia Lake, which was made artificially. This lake is very famous, especially during summer time. It is surrounded by the mountains. You can enjoy amazing views and visit beautiful park and cafes around the lake.
Another one is Kvareli Lake which belongs to the hotel with huge recreational area and is one of the best places to relax in nature.
By the way, don’t forget to communicate with the locals, as they are very nice and hospitable people. You will like exploring Kvareli more if you see this place from their eyes.
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