Our enterprise operates under the brand “Alaverdi Blue”.
Two key associations any Georgian has with the word Alaverdi are the gorgeous Monastery (Cathedral) in Kakheti and Georgian traditional and distinct cuisine. Both associations are valid if you think of the major activities of our enterprise. Inclusion of the word Blue was inspired by the particularly blue shade of Alaverdi sky. People also relate the color blue to symbols of trust, security and permanence.
Blue is the major trademark of our enterprise. This color is used excessively in the exterior or interior of the building.
Alaverdi Blue Bridge-Innovation and Development, together with women living in the village of Alaverdi (Akhmeta Municipality), has established a social enterprise Alaverdi Blue for the development of sustainable rural tourism, which creates opportunities for economic activity and self-employment for socially vulnerable population. The aim of the social enterprise is to promote the economic empowerment of local socially vulnerable groups through employment and capacity building.
Alaverdi was and is a small village named after its founder from Antioch in the 6th century when he established what is now Alaverdi Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It represents a quiet spot where the main road brings busloads of tourists to the mountainous Tusheti region. It is worth a few days on its own, to taste the wine, walk along the river, taste local cheese and absorb Georgian culture.
This is the heart of wine country and the Alazani River feeds it as it did 8,000 years ago. Relax in a quiet wooded area to catch your own fish and have it cooked to perfection and enjoy the natural surroundings
Start your day on the grounds of the Blue House - a renovated traditional Kakheti home with a huge balcony from where you can see
Take a walk to Alaverdi Cathedral.
Visit the winery and honey factory run by the monastery
Take a cooking master-class from Nana and make your own Khachapuri or Khinkali for lunch
Churchkela is the national sweet snack - a string of walnuts dipped in thickened grape juice. Learn how it is made and taste local wine at Neli’s place.
End the day with a local dinner at Blue House
Alaverdi Blue offers the following services:
Conference facility for 25 people-
Fully equipped, modern training and conference venue that can accommodate both small and mid-sized meetings and conferences. On-premises catering services are also available upon request.
Alaverdi Blue offers comfortable and affordable accomodation in its four-room gueshouse. Each room has a lounge space, an attached bathroom, shower with running hot and cold water and toilet facility. Total accommodation capacity is 21 single beds. Rooms offer incomparable views of Caucasus Mountains range. Guests are given an oportnity to taste and enjoy traditional Georgian food and relax in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Café offers a diverse menu with variety of authentic Georgian meals, desserts and drinks. All meals are cooked on
the premises by experienced local women as Alaverdi Blue runs a fully equipped kitchen that is set up in line with
food safety standards. Guests can also enjoy pankisian khinkali produced by the beneficiaries o f the day care centre established by Alaverdi Blue partner organization Medina 2015
Take away/Cooking class
In a well equipped and cozy kitchen of Alaverdi Blue local women prepare tasty, diverse and safe food orders to go
from the café delicious menu and beyond. See what’s cooking and come pick it up or the order can be brought to
your doorstep. Those intrerested in cooking classes are welcome to join the kitchen team and learn how to prepare a wide variety of georgian meals.
Cool storage facility and milk quality assessment laboratory
Alaverdi Blue runs a multi-functional and teqnologicaly advanced cheese production infrastructure that includes
services such as cool storage facility for tushetian and other varieties of local cheese, vacuum packaging, branding,
masterclasses, where local farmers are trained/coached on the whole value chain of cheese production. The
facility also offers milk and cheese quality assessment against the common standards. For these purposes a small
laboratory is established and is run by a highly competent veterinarian.
Cheese Cultural Route
Ten family entrepreneurs and cheesemakers- 5 from Tusheti and 5 from Zemo/Qvemo Alvani and Ilto valley-
represent the cheese route. Each location is inclusive and meets the food safety standards. Cheese route tours include cheese and other dairy production masterclasses, where visitors are welcome either to observe or participate in the process. The route concept will be presented to the Ministry of Culture for certification, which will help in its
wider promotion among local and international tourists. Greater recognition of the route and more tourist activity
will translate into additional income for family entrepreneurs and cheesemakers.