A Wine Lover’s Travel Guide to the Republic of Georgia
ByBenjamin Kemper on September 06, 2016
Our top places to dine, unwind, and—of course—swirl and sip your way through the country.
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To Do: Schuchmann Wines Château
Schuchmann Wines Château sits on a hilltop overlooking Kisiskhevi, a village named after the delicate, peachy grape called kisi that once thrived in the area but nearly vanished due to Soviet-mandated collective farming. In Schuchmann’s tasting room, you have the rare treat of savoring a wine made entirely from this ancient variety, among other memorable sips including an herbaceous, inky saperavi and a graceful blanc de blancs that sees a second fermentation in the bottle, just like in Champagne. After winding through the vineyards and wine-tasting on a private tour (call ahead to book), pamper yourself at Schuchmann’s onsite spa with the Mukuzani Wine Therapy treatment, which showcases handmade emollients—scrubs, creams, and essential oils—all derived from the winery’s own grapes. Kisiskhevi, Kakheti; 995-7/9055-7045; schuchmann-wines.com.