Guest House Khvanchkara: The place to stay in Racha, Georgia

Aleko and Stetson outside the Khvanchkara Wine Guesthouse
Aleko and Stetson outside the Khvanchkara Wine Guesthouse

Our time in Khvanchkara was only long enough for us to fall in love. It is a magnetic location inhabited by people who would live nowhere else. Aleko’s Guesthouse is a window onto this special place. The wines and accommodations reflect the local way of life. It as as easily accessible as could be for such a remote wine region which only a few years ago could only be accessed by Jeep. Aleko is a proud young champion of Khvanckhara. His wines and hospitality had us shouting as we drove away: “We will return!”

-Stetson Robbins on his visit to Guesthouse Khvanchkara

Aleko Sardanashvili is the owner of this traditional guest house located in the Racha-Lechkhumi region of Georgia. Racha is about a three hour drive from the capital of Tbilisi, in the northwestern part of the country.

Aleko is from this part of Georgia originally, but spent several years living in Tbilisi before moving to Malta for eight years. During his time abroad, he gained experience in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Aleko pouring his wine for guests
Aleko pouring his wine for guests

After spending so much time away from home, Aleko decided to return and apply the skills he gained in his own village. First, he starting making wine, like so many in Georgia do, and then he opened a guesthouse for visitors.

Celebrated vineyards of Khvanchkara
Celebrated vineyards of Khvanchkara

The Guesthouse is named after the regions famous wine appellation, Khvanchkara. The wine is a high-quality, semi-sweet red blend of the native grapes Mujuretuli and Alexandrouli. Velvety smooth texture with bright fruit character, it is no wonder why Khvanchkara is so revered. Try this typical example from Teliani Valley to experience it for yourself.

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Courtyard dining space

With three bedrooms, the Guesthouse and can accommodate up to ten people at one time. Aleko wants you to experience “true Rachan life” by sharing authentic local cuisine and, of course, his own wine. He can also provide tours through the neighboring villages based upon your interests.

Aleko in his marani, or cellar
Aleko in his marani, or cellar

To view more pictures of the beautiful Guesthouse, check out the Facebook page.

For inquiries and reservations, contact Aleko:

Email: a81leco@yahoo.com
Phone: 995 558 90 0962