(Last Updated On: August 13, 2022)



Sighnaghi is a charming little town in Georgia’s Kakheti region, an area famous for its wine. Almost three-quarters of the country’s wine grapes are grown in this part of Georgia. 

This lovely town is also known as the ‘City of Love’, because couples can choose to get married at any time of the day at the Wedding House. But no one was getting married when I visited. 

Looking down at the town go Sighnaghi Georgia
The Town of Sighnaghi in Georgia



Did You Know? 


Georgia is generally considered to be the birthplace of wine. Archaeologists traced the world’s first known wine back to the people of the South Caucasus region in 6,000BC. The early Georgians discovered grape juice turned into wine if you buried it underground – a method that is still in use today.


So, What Is There To Do In Sighnaghi, The Capital Of Georgia’s Wine Region 


Visit A Winery 

Well, you can’t visit Sighnaghi and not go to a winery. There are some excellent wineries in Sighnaghi town that you can visit e.g. Pheasants Tears Winery, Cradle of Wine and Gio’s Wine Cellar. 

Taxis in town or even your guesthouse owner can arrange tours to the wineries a little further out of town. 


Wander Around Sighnaghi

Coffee and fresh strawberries with a view of the town of Sighnaghi Georgia
Coffee and fresh strawberries with a view!




One of the nicest things to do is just wander aimlessly around the town. Sighnaghi is a lovely little place with cobblestone streets, ancient orthodox churches, a park, a local market, and many cute coffee shops with amazing views. 

And it’s not a town solely for tourists; real people live here, adding to its charm.  

Take A Stroll Along The Old City Wall 

Tower on the old city wall of Sighnaghi Georgia featuring the Georgian flag
From the Old City Wall


There’s an old city wall with plenty of viewpoints from which to admire the Caucasus mountain range. 

Following the signpost saying tourist track will take you past an old church and along a section of the wall with a few towers. There’s a simple restaurant at the end of the wall; it’s an excellent place to stop for a drink and has lovely views over the valley. You may even see a few people paragliding here. 

The Wedding House 

The famous wedding house of Sighnaghi with a statue of a little girl in front
Sighnaghi’s Famous Wedding House



Sighnaghi’s wedding house is what gives Sighnaghi the “City of Love” title. 

It’s nothing special to look at, but it is the only place in Georgia where you can get married at any time of the day unless it’s a public holiday! 

Visit Bodbe Convent 

Bodbe Convent and the gardens
Bodbe Convent


The 9th century Bodbe Convent aka Bodbe Monastery aka the Monastery of St Nino is a pleasant two-kilometre walk from Sighnaghi along country roads. Along the way, you will pass a few local stalls selling fruit and honey – be sure to sample the local honey; it’s really delicious. 

Admittedly, you may have overdosed on Georgian orthodox churches on your visit to Georgia, but Bodbe Convent is one of Georgia’s most important religious sites. The remains of St. Nino, the woman responsible for bringing Christianity to Georgia, are housed here. 

And the monastery complex is most definitely worth a visit, even if it’s just to enjoy the gardens, the holy spring and the peaceful ambience. 


Where To Eat In Sighnaghi Georgia


Amo 

Walking back from the monastery, I stopped in Amo for lunch. It has excellent views of the town and is famous for its meat dishes and wine. But on this particular day, I craved vegetarian food and just water for lunch, much to the shock of the servers, but the food was excellent and the venue very pleasant.

Pheasants Tears

Not just for wine tasting, Pheasants Tears has an excellent restaurant. Reservations aren’t necessary but a good idea at weekends.

If you get bored of just eating Georgian food? 


Pancho Villa

Try Pancho Villa for Mexican food. Ok, it’s not going to be the most authentic Mexican meal you’ve ever had, but it’s a cute restaurant, and after two weeks of just Georgian cuisine, it was good to try something different. 

Where To Stay In Sighnaghi Georgia

A street scene with church, old buildings in Sighnaghi Georgia
Strolling around Sighnaghi



There are plenty of guesthouses in the town to choose from. I stayed at the simple and very friendly Guest House David, just a short walk from the town centre. 

Don’t Be Surprised If …

Don’t be surprised if the owner of the guest house invites you to join the family for a glass of wine or two or three. The Georgians are very hospitable, and the wine flows freely! 

How To Get To Sighnaghi Georgia

Sighnaghi is just 75 kilometres east of Tbilisi. Both shared taxis and marshrutka vans bound for Sighnaghi depart from Tbilisi’s Isani Metro Station and the Samgori Metro Station. These stations are located along the Red Metro line in the southern part of the city.

To get to Isani or Samgori from Tbilisi Old Town, take the red metro south in the direction of Varketili for 3 or 4 stations, respectively or take a Bolt cab which will be just a few dollars and they will drop you off right by the minivan/taxi point.

A private taxi all the way from Tbilisi to Sighnaghi will be around $35.

Or maybe renting a car, it’s good roads from Tbilisi to Sighnaghi. 

If Time Is Short, Consider This 

If your time is short in Georgia, consider taking a one-day wine tour from Tbilisi. There are a number to choose from. 

Highlights of Kakheti wine region-Signagi,Bodbe,Wine tasting(Group Tour)

Full-Day Georgian Wine Tasting Tour

Organic Wine Full Day Private Tour With Tastings and Lunch

 With Hindsight 

After a wonderful two weeks in Georgia, staying in Kutaisi, the capital of Tbilisi, the mountain region around Kazbegi and the wine region of Sighnaghi, I wish I had planned one night less in Kutaisi and spent that extra night here in Sighnaghi. Nothing against Kutaisi but two full days there would have been enough which would have given me an extra day to sip wine and admire the views!

Have You Been To Georgia? 

Have you been to Georgia? Where was your favourite place? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

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