Kakheti, Georgia’s east most region is the main province of winemaking.
Kakheti’s climate is moderate tending towards subtropical, with hot summers and temperate winters. Kakheti is an ancient region rich in historical monuments: the residence of Kakheti King Levan at Gremi, the monastery from the 4th-century Nekresi, a complex of the David Gareji monastery caves 6th cc, the monastery Shuamta 6th-7th cc., and Alaverdi, built in the 11th century. There is also the Ikalto monastery, where, in the 12th century, one of the world’s oldest higher education institutions Ikalto Academy was founded by the King David Aghmashenebeli (the builder).
Approximately 65-70% of all Georgian vineyards are cultivated in the ancient and unique viticulture-winemaking region of Kakheti. Kakheti is the essential Georgian winemaking region. The main growing area straddles both sides of the Alazani River and hence is called the Alazani Valley.