Founded in the late 19th century by Prince Ivane Mukhranbatoni, the Chateau Mukhrani is a winery and castle located in Mukhrani village, just outside of Tbilisi. Mukhrani wines received international acclaim from the beginning and the winery was one of the exclusive suppliers to the Russian Imperial Court. The castle and gardens were once a cultural center for the Georgian elite and Russian royalty. Chateau Mukhrani was abandoned and nearly destroyed during Soviet times, but in 2002 plans began to restore the estate to its former glory and to revive the winery.
Since 2007, Chateau Mukhrani has once again been producing wine harvested in its own vineyards. The wine cellar has also been rebuilt according to its original design and now holds more than 60,000 barrels of wine. Today, visitors can tour the restored castle, gardens and wine cellar; sample Mukhrani wines and Georgian cuisine; and try their hand at traditional bread baking, churchkhela making or chacha distillation.
Chateau Mukhrani is a 30-minute drive from Tbilisi and is best reached by car or taxi. A wide range of tour packages are available and must be reserved in advance. Options include a basic 30-minute tour of the castle and winery for 10 Georgian lari per person or an hour-long tour and wine tasting for 32 lari that includes tasting three wines. Lunch, dinner, wine education classes and group culinary classes are also available.