Tabla & Supra
Join Supra Co-Owner Jonathan Nelms – and Super-Guide Tamara from Living Roots Travel – for a 12-day harvest-time journey to the birthplace of wine, khinkali, and khachapuri, where hospitality is practically a religion.
The trip starts in Tbilisi, the city National Geographic called “the world's most Bohemian city.” There we'll visit the underground wine bars, funky markets, fashion boutiques, and top restaurants defining this astonishing capital.
From the capital, we'll head west to the Imereti and Samegrelo regions, home to a distinctly different wine culture compared to the dominant east-Georgian scene. We'll visit one of Georgia's top qvevri masters and see how Zaliko makes the giant clay vessels by hand, one inch at a time.* We'll move next to the vineyards and the maranis**, including that of rising stars Baia and Gvantsa Abuladze.
Next it's Kazbegi! (See above.) The beauty of the mountains will stop you in your tracks, but not for long. We'll hike (or you can go by 4x4) up to the Gergeti Trinity Church to burn off some khachapuri and take in the breathtaking sights.
We then go south to Kakheti, Georgia's main wine region and home to many of Georgia's top labels: Pheasant's Tears, Chona's Wines, Lapati, and more! You'll get a chance to harvest some grapes yourself and see how they go from the vineyard to the bottle. We'll also have our first supra, the celebratory feast complete with traditional toasts and songs that is the centerpiece of Georgian hospitality.
We'll end up back where we started in Tbilisi. You'll probably want some souvenirs, gifts, or other mementoes of your trip, so our first stop will be the Dry Bridge flea market. You'll have some time on your own to shop, relax, wander around, and see anything we missed before a farewell supra to say 'nakhvamdis' to all your new friends!
Email owner Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to receive a detailed itinerary with pricing and other information.
* Don’t know what a qvevri is? You will soon! Our trip will include a visit to one of Georgia’s top qvevri-makers, and you’ll see plenty in action at the various maranis (wineries) we visit.
** Ditto! We’ll visit a lot of maranis, which are full of qvevris, which are full of wine. You’ll see!