The estate of prince Chavchavadze in Tsinandali – this is an extraordinary bright and unsurpassed page of history of Georgia, the place for which famous poets and authors visited, dramatic art, aristocracy and romanticism.
Alexander Chavchavadze was one of the most influential characters throughout the history of Georgia. He descends from an noble family, the Kakheti-Kartli with roots back to the 15th century and was born into the elite of St. Petersburg in Russia.
Prince Chavchavadze is connected with the beginning of an era of europeanization of Georgia. Besides, Chavchavadze’s family became legislators of classical industrial technology of the Georgian winemaking.
A. Chavchavadze laid the foundation for the private project on europeanization of Georgia. Implementation of the project began with the estate with European interiors (in the 1820th), the magnificent park in English style with rare plants and also construction of the first Alazani valley wine-making plant. It became a starting point for development of industrial winemaking in the territory of Georgia. The world famous Tsinandali Georgian wine was produced for the first time at this estate, using modern European technology. This helped Kakheti to a premier position in the Georgian wine world.
In the territory of the museum there is a three-storied house, homestead winery of “marana” (including vinokhranilishche with the hall for winetasting), a chapel (the place of the wedding of A. Griboyedov and N. Chavchavadze), a barn, a bakery, a water-mill and of course the magnificent park. In the cellar of “marana” there is a unique collection of wines – the collection of wines contains about 15.000 bottles (from 19th-20th century), where the oldest sample is dated back to 1841! Estate interiors is perfectly remained and the exterior is in excellent shape.