After you find yourself on the roof of the Tsinandali Estate, A Radisson Collection hotel, from which you can endlessly admire views of the Greater Caucasus Range, in a while another view catches your eye: the vast vineyards just a few hundred meters away from the hotel.
We are in Eastern Georgia, in the village of Tsinandali in the Kakheti region, which is the name of one of the most famous Georgian wine grapes.
Since 2007, George Ramishvili, the founder of the Georgian Silk Road Group, and his partners have invested $60 million in the Tsinandali Estate which includes house museum of Alexander Chavchavadze, the Tsinandali Estate, A Radisson Collection Hotel, the Park Hotel, vineyards and winery.
Prince Alexander Chavchavadze founded winery in his estate. Here for the first time in 1841 the wine was bottled.
While giving new life to the estate, the leaders of the Silk Road Group aimed to restore the old traditions, and winemaking was one of the main components in this regard.
Today, the Tsinandali Estate has 40 hectares of vineyards, where 11 varieties of autochthonous grapes grow: Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Mtsvane, Kisi, Khikvi, Usakheluri, Alexandruli, Mujuretuli, Tsolikuri, Tetra and Ojaleshi.
A foreign variety, Pinot Noir, is also “hosted” here.
Some of the vineyards are biodynamic and their number is planned to be increased every year.
The winery is in the immediate vicinity of the vineyards. In the fall of 2022 it was equipped with the latest Italian boilers, which peacefully and harmoniously coexist with the qvevris dug into the ground.
Davit Maisuradze, the chief winemaker at the Tsinandali Estate, is also a living testimony of the continuation of traditions. He worked at the Tsinandali winery from 1988 to 1993, and in 2013 returned to the estate.
He confesses that now everything is different: “We have the best grapes and high-quality equipment, which makes it possible to produce high-quality wine.”
The Tsinandali Estate is unique as here, in the Tsinandali Estate, A Radisson Collection hotel’s Natella and Prince Alexander restaurants, library-bar and Gaumarjos wine bar you can drink the wines that were born and created right here.
And really, there is a lot to try here: today, the Tsinandali Estate produces 3 types of white, 4 types of red, 2 types of rosé, 3 types of dessert, 5 types of wine aged in qvevris, as well as sparkling Extra Brut.
A detailed description of all the Tsinandali Estate wines can be found here: https://tsinandaliestate.ge/wine.
There are also wines at the Tsinandali Estate, which, unfortunately, you cannot try, but instead you will be familiarized with their history.
In the wine cellars Alexander Chavchavadze’s collection is being kept: 16,500 bottles of 70 types of wine. Here, in particular, you will see 19th century French Chateau Lafite, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d’Yquem wines. 100 bottles of each wine produced at the Tsinandali Estate are stored in the cellar – the author of this tradition is also Alexander Chavchavadze.