Tbilisi is a hotspot for wine. In the city you will see many wine shops and bars, but I recommend you visit Schuchmann wine-bar and restaurant. It is located in the old Caravanserai that today hosts the museum. You can find this bar in the ground floor, next to the souvenir shops. As the name implies, Schuchmann is from Germany. He brought the small winery “Vinotera” in Kakheti and expanded it. The wine-bar in Tbilisi belongs of course to the Chateau Schuchmann. They produce wine under two brands: Vinotera & Schuchmann Wines. Vinotera is made according to the traditional Georgian method and Schuchmann using European technology, but with Georgian indigenous grapes.
What’s the difference between the Georgian and European method of wine-making? After pressing the grapes Georgians don’t separate the juice from skin: it’s poured together with the skins, stalks and pips into the qvevri (egg-shaped clay vessels) which are buried in the ground. That wine is fermented for 6 months. Exactly this ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method was declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013.
The bar is made in the traditional Georgian style. Under the glass-covered tables you can see Qvevris. The menu offers Georgian fusion at gourmet level. On Friday and Saturday evenings, there is live violin music. Because the bar is very popular and not so big, make a reservation in advance. I recommend you drink white wine Mtsvane from Schuchmann with starters and my favorite Saperavi from Vinotera with barbeque.