Renowned and appreciated in Georgia and all over the world!
The Shumi Winery is the first company in Georgia, which in 2002 offered customers services of eno-gastronomic tourism. In 2020, within the framework of the national tourism award “Welcome to Georgia”, Shumi became the winner in the nomination ‘The Best Location for Gastronomic Regional Tourism’, in 2020 and 2021 – ‘The Best Award for Wine Tourism’. In 2020, the company received the “TripAdvisor” award – ‘Travelers’ Choice’.
The territory of the Shumi Tourist Complex was recognized as ‘the most beautiful avenue in Georgia’! The latest news is that at the annual international competition of the Council of Europe “Phoenician Route” and “Iter Vitis”, the Shumi Winery was nominated as the ‘Best Practice of Archaeobotanical Tourism’.
Georgian culture collected in one space
The mission of our team is to acquaint the world with Georgian vineyards and wine, its historical past, culture, unique drinks and food made in Shumi. The eno-gastronomic service offered by the Shumi Winery is at the heart of this mission. The Shumi Tourist Complex has no analogues in the world, both in its infrastructure and in service. Today you will not find a place where you can visit as many samples of Georgian culture collected in one space as there are in Shumi’s.
Discover local traditions and rituals
The Tourist Complex includes 38 locations: the largest private collection vineyard in the world, the first wine museum in Georgia, a sculpture park, a cellar, an enoteca, an ethnographic pavilion with a bakery, distillery, the space for culinary master-classes, several centuries-old wooden wine presses in the Complex. There is an open fire place for preparing dishes, a unique patented grill driven by a water mill engine, where dishes are made on the air, a chacha fountain, sleepy Miho’s treehouse, Zigu house and more.
With Shumi guests have the opportunity to get acquainted with local life, traditions and rituals typical for this area, listen to Georgian polyphonic songs, which are included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultures, performed by the Shumi ‘s folk ensemble, participate in harvesting, take a walk through historical places, have a dinner, where they will also get acquainted with the phenomenon of ‘Tamada’ and Georgian toasts.
‘Tamada Institute’ is a Georgian phenomenon: The outstanding Tamada is the leader of the Georgian supra, managing it. He first makes toasts, decorates them with poems, wise sayings, jokes. The toasts are decorated with essentially actual Georgian traditional songs and dances.
Shumi offers guests Georgian cuisine according to unique local recipes using only fresh, highest quality products. The Company purchases local products from the region, and it also produces ecological products by itself: grape juice, vegetables, Georgian endemic wheat and bakery products from it, fruits, honey, churchkhela, cheese, ice cream and much more.
In the Ethnographic pavilion, the guests get acquainted with Georgian eno and gastronomic traditions and take part in the master classes: baking bread from Georgian endemic wheat varieties in a bakery, making of patented “Tsinandali “ churchkhela, distilling chacha (Georgian national drink) and others.
During the master classes, guides tell guests about the history of the recipe of Georgian dishes. Many dishes are cooked on an open fire in front of visitors.
Georgian supra is distinguished by a variety of dishes. Depending on which wine is suitable for a particular dish, different drinks are served.
Shumi offers visitors a wide and original selection of wine tasting packages: varietal wines, wines made from the same technology, as well as wines made from the same grape varieties from different microzones. Vertical tasting of „Salome“ wine from grapes grown by the biodynamic method, as well as tasting of exclusive Shumi’s drinks that have no analogues in the world and much more.
SHUMI – the right place for your celebration!
Shumi is a favorite place for vacationers and wine lovers, as evidenced by the systematic variety of events: weddings, banquets, corporate evenings. Local and foreign delegations often come to get acquainted with the Institute of Georgian Culture, traditions, wine and the traditional Georgian table.
In addition, the Shumi Wine Company systematically searches for information about forgotten traditions and restores them, giving them new life. The best examples of this are: the forgotten tradition of “Pressing grapes by your child!”, during which young children crush grapes for the first time in an old wooden presser; the ritual of the ancient Georgian deity “Lazare”, which ends with a statue created in the Shumi Tourist Compleх, ” Initiation to the Kakhetians”, during the process the guests: opens Qvevri, plant vines in the collection vineyard and participates in the ritual “Lazare”. In commemoration of this day, the gift will be the wine “Lazarе” – unique, made from 450 grape varieties grown in the Shumi vineyard.
Get acquainted with the legendary ancient traditions in SHUMI!