1860 German Roots Winery Tour (Baku-Lahij-Sheki-Ganja)
If you want to see most exotic/authentic places of Azerbaijan, see the biggest wine cellar and taste from the first commercial wine factory in Azerbaijan founded by German brothers, then this is ideal tour for you. You will visit Lahij, Sheki and Ganja with overnight stay in ancient Karvansaray of Sheki.
Established in 1860 by Schwab’s Germans, who were then inhabited by present-day Yelenendorf in Goygol. When the Germans lived in this area, that area was called the Hanik village, where the Oguz tribe lived.
In 1862 the Joint Force Brotherhood was established. This society was led by X. Forer and his sons Gottlob, Friedrich, Henryk and Christofor. At that time, the Gummel Brothers Trade House was established, with H.Gummel and his sons Jacob, Albert, Georgie and Gothlib. The management of the two communities was in Yelenendorf, their representations and sales centers functioned in Ganja, Baku, Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Tomsk and Batumi. On August 8, 1922, the Concordia Cooperative, established on the basis of this plant, was the largest wine-making farm in the Caucasus, producing wine, cognac and vodka at that time.
13 types of grapes are cultivated at Goygol Wine Processing Company. “Goygol Wine Factory” OJSC has a vast area of 517 hectares of high quality local and European grape varieties. Breaded grape tins are derived from GONTARD FRERESEPINIERES VITICLES, France’s well-known companies and Italy’s VIVAI MARCI, adapted to local conditions. Currently, the Grape and Grape varieties grow in the Goygol and Samukh regions of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Saperavi, Madrasa, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Rkatsiteli, Grenache, Muscat, Bayanshire grape varieties.
Lahij is wonderland part of Silk Road with cobbled streets, skilled potters, wood carvers and with amazing road to Lahij with Asma Korpu (hanging bridge over river, with tea break place). Lahij is famous for manufactured cold steel and copper utensils, decorated with engraved ornament with dozen of workshops, where hereditary blacksmiths make various household items. The first quarter of Lahij was laid in the III-IV centuries. It is curious that the city has a water supply and sewerage system, which is not less than 1500 years. None of the residents know where the sewerage system starts and where it ends, and by what principle it works not preventing the collector from functioning for centuries.
At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, bordered by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, it was an important thoroughfare on the Silk Road, the ancient web of trade routes linking East and West.
By the 19th century, Sheki, on the Silk Road path through northwest Azerbaijan, was an international center for silk production.
Today, it’s one of Azerbaijan’s most picturesque towns, filled with cobbled streets and medieval architecture: a fresh, bucolic retreat from the more arid south.
It’s largely been off most tourists’ radar, but that could be set to change: In July 2019, its historic center and Khan Palace were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
High in the Caucasus Mountains, shielded from the world by forest-covered mountains, passing traders and their goods-laden animals would stop here on their way to Tbilisi or Baku and overnight at one of the town’s five caravanserai.
These roadside inns were once dotted all along the Silk Roads, and today’s travelers to Azerbaijan — there were a record 2.8 million international tourists in 2018 — can rest their head in an authentic 18th-century caravanserai, the Yukhari Karavansaray Hotel.
09:00 – pick up from any address within Baku
12:00 – arrive to Lahij and explore the area
13:00 – local lunch in Lahij
14:00 – leave to Sheki
16:30 – reach Sheki and sightseeing (Sheki Khan Palace, Shebeke workshop, Halva-maker)
18:30 – transfer to Karvansaray Hotel, local dinner, overnight
09:00 – breakfast at hotel, check out and leave to Goygol Wine Plant
11:30 – reach winery, have wine tasting with snacks
13:30 – finish with winery, visit Ganja (see House from Bottles)
15:00 – leave back to Baku
19:30 – reach Baku
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When does it run?
Daily – on request
Free pick up from hotel or from any address in Baku
Drop off to hotel or to any address in Baku
7 days +: 100% REFUND
3 – 7 days: 70% REFUND
1-3 days: 50% REFUND
Less than 24 hours before scheduled departure time: No Refund
- Online Payment with VISA/MasterCard
- Bank Transfer
- Accommodation at Karvansaray Hotel
- Guide services
- Sightseeing of Lahij and Sheki
- Wine tasting – 5 types of wines
- 1 local lunch, 1 local dinner
- Entrance to winery
- Entrance fee to Sheki Khans’ Palace