Tsinandali, Georgia: cradle of wine
Tsinandali is a place where the love of wine, history and nature have merged.
29 APR 2019 20:05
Georgia does not end for travelers either on the streets of the Old town of Tbilisi, in its ancient churches and fortifications, nor on the avenues of new with its futuristic buildings and abstract sculptures. Not the end of it and on the seaside coast of Batumi, on the noble Piazza with video cameras in a cozy restaurant. The country’s winemaking has a thousand and one place that is worth seeing with your own eyes, feel with your heart and to try all the other senses, primarily taste and smell. And one of these areas – Tsinandali, the most famous wine estate of Georgia, which hid in the heart of Kakheti.
There once tasting the Georgians behind the bar are generously poured in my glass of white wine and smiling-slyly narrowed: “You’ll tell me all that you gave here is good – in Tsinandali!” Fulfilling the mandate – and tell.
The village, which lies a few hundred kilometers from Tbilisi on the road from Gombori pass into the Alazani valley. It leads to a serpentine, which sometimes perejivaet ribbon of the river, and the higher the mountain – the thicker fog with the veil which is spreading fur-trees seem to be the guardians of these places. Since ancient times, people here are engaged in viticulture, but there are in the biography, which is time, which can be called historic for the winemaking of Georgia. This is the moment when Prince Alexander Chavchavadze inherited the estate from his father and reconstructed it on the European model, turning a fashionable salon – the center of cultural life throughout Georgia.
Alexander Chavchavadze was brought to Georgia the first piano, and began a tradition of Georgian romanticism in literature, was brilliantly educated and progressive man, highly respected owner and family man, a valiant warrior. His house was visited by Alexander Pushkin, Alexandre Dumas, Mikhail Lermontov. Alexander Griboyedov met his love – the daughter of a Prince Nina Chavchavadze, which separated his sudden tragic death in Tehran.
Extensive European education Alexander Chavchavadze was combined with the character of a true Georgian, but because he applied it for the benefit of his native land, while posesivos in the Holy tradition of winemaking. Since ancient times, the wine is aged and stored in the pot-bellied clay jugs – Kvevri (tribute to these vessels sounds in the name of the variety semi-sweet white wine). Chavchavadze decided that the drink to carry inconvenient, but if the wine is not shipped as the whole world know about his great quality? And he commanded to pour the wine in the bottle, which was built next to the winery and the bottling factory. The first bottle of Georgian wine was bottled in Tsinandali, Chavchavadze made the right decision – it soon gained popularity all over the world. Later, when the estate became the summer residence of the Russian Imperial family, here, has created a factory with a huge warehouse, putting the wine production on a Grand scale.
Here began to produce a dry white wine named in honor of his cradle “Tsinandali”, shot to fame at international exhibitions. Tsinandali is made from Kakheti grape varieties of Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli, aged in oak barrels and get a straw coloured drink.
Buses with tourists come to visit the house-Museum of every day, but leaving in an hour or two, not allowing casual travelers to enjoy the silence of this place, to feel its history and think about what he saw stone walls. But the place is marvelous – between skyward arrows of cypress trees in a Sunny day you can see snow-capped mountains, a harmonious Park keeps a lot of secrets and surprises, close to local winery, which produces several varieties of wine and chacha, and orderly rows of vineyards.
Recently at some distance from the Palace of the Chavchavadze stood alone surrounded by stone walls that remained from the wine factory, its workshops and storage facilities. And now they are given a new life: as once Alexander Chavchavadze took in his estate, the guests, and they’ve opened the new Radisson Collection is built in two steps from the Palace Museum. The hotel was included in a collection of exclusive luxury hotels, located in unique locations, which guarantees a unique atmosphere and is complemented by modern design.
At the new hotel Georgian hospitality and the love of wine entwined with a European service, modern design and attention to detail. It is the quintessence of Georgia, its culture, its traditions, its hospitality, its natural beauty. Floral motifs are everywhere – under our feet spread a carpet, entwined with vines pattern, stylish black walls of the new building braided fresh bright greenery, in which small scurrying birds, lends the building a natural accompaniment of melodious whistling and the rustle of wings. The creators of the hotel sought to combine history with modernity, save the stone walls, which recall Alexander Chavchavadze and the love story of Nino, Alexander Griboyedov.
Collection Radisson in Kakheti consists of two parts. The first intact historic Dating back to 1884. In the stone corridors, each step echoes in the arches painted running Buffalo. There is a theater and an outdoor amphitheater with a retractable roof. It accommodates more than a thousand people, and due to its universality, can serve as a platform for concerts, weddings, gala dinners, performances and fashion shows. In the old part you can go along the corridor, the stone floor suddenly gives way to a solid glass, and beneath you can see the bottom dungeon of the famous wine cellar of Alexander Chavchavadze. The greater part of his life he had a collection of wines that are still preserved here in a cool room with a sweet odor and shelves, on which lie the dusty bottle of dark glass – 16 513 bottles of wine. Among them – the old sherry, bicentennial Polish honey, a bottle of whiskey, poured himself Chavchavadze, French Chateau d’yquem and more.
The new part of the hotel is a five-storey building includes living area and sitting area and built in 2018 (the hotel is open from January 2019). Both parts are connected by a glass corridor. On the design of the hotel was designer Ingo Maurer recognized the magician of lighting. Light is everywhere and everywhere it is to the point, emphasizes, accentuates, fascinates, attracts. The light is clothed in many different forms, whether it’s a chandelier from a fan of bottles transparent and emerald glass floating wax candles over a narrow table in the secret room (she hides behind a rotating stone wall), or a lamp in the shape of a large bulb surrounded by attracted to her butterflies. On the interior of the hotel was also a painter and sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. Thanks to her, the hotel has acquired a Georgian flavor, on the walls and from the carpets appeared bestiary motifs, unusual fountain was set in motion in the yard, and ceiling lit star written in blue (sky)arch.
There is a hotel and a space for relaxation, work or entertainment with friends. This so-called Library – a bar with some stylish rooms. Library books can be taken into the room and read (three rack – about wine and winemaking in different languages, a few cabinets with publications on art and architecture). Gold room one of the halls bars, where everyone can find a cozy corner. This is an eclectic collection of furniture from European markets (some tables and chairs date from the 18th century, and they can just sit and drink coffee or read a book!) You can sit on the sills near the Windows-tulips, surrounded by pillows or Ottomans, low sofas, high bar stools and wicker chairs. Books, computers, chess and Board games for every taste included.
The Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate offers 141 stylish rooms of different categories. Each floor is decorated in colors of the time of year – winter, spring, summer, autumn. Each room in addition to views of the historic estate or the mountains and vineyards delight the eye of Italian panels with the same bastianini motifs – rabbits and peacocks in the green bushes, or deer on a scarlet carpet of fallen leaves. On the last floor – panoramic swimming pool and the Spa area, where you will find a relaxing massage with grape oil or wrap in grape leaves.
On site are three restaurants: “Prince Alexander” with a private terrace and international cuisine, the French “Le Bistro” and “Kakheti” with authentic Georgian cuisine. A bar for wine tasting, a wine shop and a wine shop too that should not escape your attention. As one Frenchman (according to the owner of the local winery): “Life is divided into two parts: before tasting the wine of Tsinandali and after”.
Tsinandali is a place where the intertwined history of winemaking, a love story and the story of the romantic poet, progressive and noble gentleman. You can hear the echoes of that time, taste the wine, prepared according to age-old precepts, to feel the mountain fresh breeze that caressed the leaves of the vineyards a century ago the same as now – if you stop for a few days in this wonderful area of Kakheti.
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