The historical province of Kakheti and the little mountainous province of Tusheti were officially combined to form the region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia in the 1990s. Its capital is Telavi. Eight administrative districts make up the region: Akhmeta, Dedoplistsqaro, Telavi, Gurjaani, Kvareli, Sagarejo, Dedoplistsqaro, Signagi, and Lagodekhi.
The greatest season to visit Kakheti is in the fall. For a number of reasons, including Rtveli, the grape harvest, Kakheti transforms into an unmatched tourist destination in the autumn.
By the end of September, the autumnal festival of Rtveli starts. Therefore, if you want to experience Georgian culture and customs, you should participate in this unique process and then, after a challenging but enjoyable working day, enjoy delicious Georgian food and wine. It is a good chance to learn about the local way of life.
One of them is the making of rtveli and churchkhelas. Nothing like this has ever been seen before. Traditional Kakheti residents produce churchkhela, a sweet in the shape of a Georgian sausage, using grape juice and nuts after the grapes are gathered. A long string of walnuts is repeatedly dipped in tatara, a concoction of flour, sugar, and badagi, to create this natural and delicate treat (condenced fresh grape juice).
It is incredibly tasty and adored by both residents and visitors alike. The preparation process is also very enjoyable, so if you happen to attend this event, make chruchkhela on your own. Also, don’t forget to buy some of these enticing and delicious candies as gifts for your friends; they will adore them.
Another essential component of rtveli and fall activities in Georgia is making mtsvadi, or Georgian barbecue. A tasty Kakhetian wine is typically consumed when making mtsvadi. Since the meat is cooked using fresh organic meat and a few drops of Georgian wine before being fried over coal, it is soft and juicy.
The taste and flavor of Georgian mtsvadi with freshly baked bread, shoti, is unmistakable. Nearly every resident bakes their own shoti bread and has a traditional circular clay owen tone in the yard. As a result, you can attempt to make shoti for yourself, but bear in mind that the oven is very hot and that gluing the dough to its walls takes good technique.
So, visit Kakheti, Georgia’s pearl, in the autumn to experience all of the mentioned pleasures firsthand.