Sunday 5 July 2015
Wine tasting with the Monks
The monastery is called the Shavnabada Monastery and we were told it dates back to the 7th century. It is connected to the Georgian Orthodox Church. We had a fascinating hour looking over the place but mainly tasting wines and taking to a monk whose name was Father Gregorio. He told us there were 18 monks living there, he was 56yo and had been there 17 years.
The cellar and tasting room was on the ground floor of a very tall stone building, probably 4-5 stories high. Father Greg took us through their quite ancient wine making process and we tried 6 wines.
Michael Noyce, 5/7/15