Georgians delight in wine and welcome. This famously hospitable nation is developing a serious reputation for enotourism. Tbilisi is already an established stop on the hip hotels circuit, but out in the vine-clad countryside there are increasing numbers of beautifully designed, authentic vineyard hotels.
With travel to Georgia opening up to visitors as lockdown restrictions ease, Nina Caplan, writing in the Sunday Times, recommends Babaneuris Marani alongside a range of new discoveries and deluxe resorts from all over the wine world.
In “Ideas for the 25 best vineyard stays in Europe”, Nina writes:
Babaneuris Marani, Kakheti
In the foothills of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, this Georgian winery uses techniques that have barely changed in 8,000 years to make wine from indigenous grapes. The 13-room boutique hotel is built from stone, turreted and festooned with balconies looking on to the forested hillsides and vines. There’s an excellent on-site restaurant showcasing different Georgian cuisines. Tour the winery, hike through the Babaneuri Nature Reserve next door or just sip local wine beside the heated pool.
Details B&B doubles from £50 (babaneuri.com). Fly to Tbilisi