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One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)

Optional tours » Tours from Kutaisi, Tskaltubo
One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)
  
One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) One day excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)
 
Day 1: Kutaisi – Oni – Chrevalo – Oni
Departure to Oni. Racha-Lechkhumi is Georgian Switzerland. It is the Region of beautiful mountains and green valleys. It is surrounded by the Caucasus mountain range and glaciers. As the legend reveals, once the Georgian hunter climbed the ridge – Nakerala and saw a narrow and deep gorge of the Rioni river. The view was breathtaking. The hunter compared it to the mysterious well and exclaimed «What a well!» («Ra chaa!» in Georgian). Ever since the place is called Racha. Oni is famous for its mountainous resorts. The regional center – Oni is located at 800 m., while some villages are even 1500-1800 m. above the sea level. From the main road there is a possibility to see the lake – Shaori – a place of extraordinary beauty. After visiting Nikortsminda – domed church of St. Nicholas (built in 1010-1014) we pass city Ambrolauri and visit Barakoni (XIII c. church). Next, visit Chrebalo. Tour in the wine production plant which processes 300-500 t. grapes. The grape is from their own vineyards or it is brought from the local farmers. Grape processing, production and bottling of wine take place in the territory of the plant. Currently, the company «Rachuli Wine» produces 10 sorts of wine: «Khvanchkara», «Barakoni», «Aleksandriuli», «Ojaleshi», «Tetra», «Tvishi», «Chrebalo white», «Chrebalo red», «Lomoido», «Tsitska». These wines are made from unique varieties of grapes: «Aleksandrouli», «Mujuretuli», «Rachuli Tetra», «Ojaleshi», «Tsitska», «Colikauri». The vineyards are cultivated on the steep slopes of the left bank of the river Rioni in Racha region. It should be noted, that these variety of grapes are not cultivated in any other regions of Georgia. At the meeting of «Big Three» (Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill) the wine «Khvanchkara» was served in Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam conferences (period of WW 2). At 90’s the British royal court was provided with the wines «Khvanchkara» and «Aleksandrouli» for non-commercial use through the intervention of the Embassy of Georgia. Degustation of wines with dinner. Return to Kutaisi.
 
The price includes: transport and guide services, wine tasting, entrance fees.
 
 
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