Shumi Winery is located in a historic part of Kakheti – bordering on the Chavchavadze Residence in Tsinandali, where first Georgian wine was bottled. The land around the winery is filled with picturesque terraced vineyards. The buildings at Shumi Winery are decorated according to traditional French chateau design, with a fusion of traditional Georgian architecture.
Shumi Wines owns vineyards in both western and eastern Georgia. The two wine lines produced by the company accommodate reds and whites of endemic Georgian species including Saperavi, Kindzmarauli, Khvanchkara, Shumi and Tsinandali.
An exclusive and unique tour of the winery begins in the Ethnographic Corner. Visitors will discover the history of Georgian wine, learn the ancient techniques used in fermentation and distil chacha – (a high-spirit drink made out of grape shells and seeds), and even bake bread in the traditional ‘tone’. Next stop, the traditional wine cellar (‘Marani’), where wine is stored in both traditional Qvevri, and oak barrels. The wine museum displays maps showing the routes the wine took to spread around the world, examples of pottery, sculpture and other archaeological relics found in Georgia.
The garden around the winery is stately and features a waterfall, decorative Qvevri, and see the gryphon with a wine cluster in one claw – the omnipresent symbol of the Shumi Winery, and guardian of peace among the peoples.
Best time to visit Shumi Winery: September – Late October.
How to get to Shumi Winery
- Tbilisi – Telavi (100km)
- Marshutka (minibus)
- Telavi – Shumi Winery (9km)