Sighnaghi is a small sleepy town situated in the eastern part of Georgia close to the border of Azerbaijan. Although it is a town with not more than 2.200 inhabitants, it is quite famous for its wine production and is located right in the heart of Georgia’s wine-growing region. Wine is deeply rooted in the Georgian culture and new archaeological finds showed that wine already was produced over 8.000 years ago.
While strolling through Sighnaghis narrow cobblestone streets with its lovely pastel houses one really gets a mediterranean feeling. We visited local markets, walked along the city wall from where you have a wonderful view over the picturesque landscape, tried different wines in one of the cozy wine taverns, visited a close by monastery and a holy spring.
Just scroll down to read a bit about our lovely homestay and the famous chess player Vano – our host.
We stayed for a couple of days at Nelis and Vanos guesthouse and enjoyed their hospitality. Vano is a very warmhearted and talkative person and besides that a professional chess player. He takes part in not only national tournaments but also international ones and already won plenty of trophies. One day he invited us to come to his chess school where he teaches young chess players. Vano showed us his office, his chess literature collection and of course his trophies. We loved to see his little chess ‘empire’ and learn about Georgian chess culture.
A little anecdote:
One evening Neli asked Felix to come into the kitchen, we were already on our way to bed, and told him that she got a little present for me. Felix accepted the gift and hand it over to me while he was back in our room with a big smile on his face. It was a shiny red underpants from China.