If there is the best time to visit lovely Georgia, I would highly recommend to visit it in September, during the grape harvest time, or Rtveli.
Rtveli is a traditional vintage and rural harvest holiday in Georgia accompanied by feasts, musical events, and other celebrations. It normally takes place in late September in eastern Georgia and in mid-October in western Georgia.
It was in the mid-September of 2017, we had just returned from Latvia, where we already gathered our autumn harvest and decided to spend a weekend in Kakheti (Region of wine), we booked a lovely chateau, next to Gremi monastery complex and just enjoyed our time here. Let the photos speak up for themselves!
Grapes at vineyard
In Georgia, where wine has an iconic significance, the tradition of rtveli dates back to ancient times, having its roots in the festivity of mid-Autumn abundance and variety. Rtveli usually lasts for several days, with people starting working in early morning hours and ending the day with a feast in the accompaniment of vintage-themed folk songs.
Truck column taking grapes for processing
The column was very long, indeed. Most probably were taken to Vinery Khareba in Kvareli, place better know with its unique wine tunnel. See: Wine Tunnel Near Kvareli in Georgia (Winery Khareba)
A small winery at Chateau Eniseli in Kakhetia.
A lovely experience. Though we didn't take a part in this Rtveli, instead just enjoyed great views and lovely time. A piece of Life after all.