6 amazing wine places in Tbilisi
Traditional Georgian food and great selections of local qvevri wine – here are some lovely wine places in Tbilisi, Georgia, not to be missed!
Phone: +995 32 298 23 46
Address: 2 Pavle Ingorokva Street, Tbilisi
Named after the ceremonial ladle used to serve wine direct from a qvevri, Azarphesha is a homely space, very close to Freedom Square, which focuses on wild, seasonal and local food. You’ll find occasional references to middle-eastern or Mediterranean cuisines such as Lebanon or Greece, but in general, Georgian food is centre stage here. The restaurant can arrange traditional polyphonic singers and musicians on request, and this is highly recommended. Owner Luarsab is himself a fine singer and orator – it’s a real treat if he’s in the house and breaks into song. The food is an absolute joy – h...
Phone: +995 551 12 11 76
Address: D. Aghmashenebeli ave. 132, Tbilisi
This restaurant has an original concept. The recipes are based around a century-old cookbook (published in 1914 by writer and feminist Barbare Eristavi-Jorjadze) which the family discovered in a second-hand shop. You’ll be proudly shown a copy of the book at the end of your meal! The restaurant’s décor has a wonderful period feel, and this is only enhanced when there are musicians and singers at neighbouring tables. The recipes – and thus the cuisine – take Georgian food as the starting point, but then add some European influences and refinement. Duck dishes are a speciality, as are the desse...
Phone: +995 599 28 00 00
Address: Sofrom Mgaloblishvili street 5a, Tbilisi
The idea sounds completely nuts – a restaurant and a winery housed in the 8th floor penthouse flat and terrace of a Tbilisi residential building. But somehow it works. Zura Natroshvili and his wife have created an inviting space in a part of their home. What was originally planned as a swimming pool is now the marani, or quevri cellar, with no less than 43 of the clay amphoras ‘buried’ - or rather housed in the sunken area on the terrace. Grapes are trucked in from growers in the nearby(ish) Kakheti region and then fermentation and ageing takes place on the terrace. Just in case you thought...
Phone: +995 32 293 21 21
Address: 6 Erekle II Street, Tbilisi
Centrally located near the Bridge of Peace, g.Vino has a lovely terrace on a pedestrianised street. It’s a relaxing location to sit and enjoy life, with a glass of amber wine. Husband and wife Mamuka & Lida created g.Vino out of a love of their country’s wines, but also to combine it with another passion – a Spanish-style tapas concept. They’ve created a warm and friendly space, with different seating levels and corners depending on your mood. Food is excellent, and although mostly focused around grazing, does extend to more substantial offerings (including a very upmarket burger) if you need...
Phone: +995 557 63 71 43
Address: 23 Amaghleba Street, Tbilisi
Housed in a wonderful brick-vaulted sous-terrain, this atmospheric restaurant has a welcoming interior. It’s slightly off the tourist track – which has the benefit that it doesn’t get overwhelmed as easily as places like Vino Underground. Georgian dishes and flavours are the starting point (Khachapuri is highly recommended), but there are fusion touches too. You can choose to abandon the Georgian “everything on the table at once” concept and go with a multiple course tasting menu if you so wish. The use of wild herbs, home-made fermented products and sweet-sour sauces adds a distinctive char...
Phone: +995 599 50 64 27
Address: 15 Galaktion Tabidze Street, Tbilisi
An iconic part of Tbilisi's, if not Georgia’s, natural wine scene, this small, brick-lined cellar dive is owned and managed by a collective of Georgia’s top artisan winemakers. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from Freedom Square, and certainly represents a kind of freedom in wine. When it opened in 2012, there was practically nowhere in Tbilisi where traditional/natural qvevri wines could be enjoyed, so Vino Underground was a real trailblazer. The atmosphere varies from cosy (on a quiet night) to absolutely bonkers on a busy night, when many winemakers will be in attendance. The action spills ou...