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Autumn in Georgia: Why it’s worth to travel to Georgia in Autumn

14 Nov 2022

Autumn is a season of holidays and harvest, warm sea, and gentle sun. It is truly one of the best times to visit Georgian cities as well as mountains and see the sights. At this time, the heat is already subsiding, the flow of tourists is decreasing, many seasonal fruits fill the markets, and grape harvest with winemaking becomes the main holiday.

Many hiking and off-road routes are open at least until the end of October and thanks to the perfect temperature you can spend days in comfort when visiting cities and ancient landmarks. And, of course, autumn is the best time for artists and photographers – a riot of colors combined with mountainous terrain give Georgian landscapes more magic.

GEORGIA'S BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS

Visiting Georgia in the fall has a lot of advantages which makes it one of the best times of the year to visit the country. Especially if you want to combine a sea vacation with mountains and culture.

In October and November, Georgia’s landscape transforms into a palette of gorgeous fall colors. Get out and enjoy the reds, yellows, and all the hues in between during an outing framed around the best scenes the season has to offer

Explore Georgia in Autumn

Because Georgia’s climate is so varied, fall colors emerge at different elevations all throughout the season. High forest areas such as Racha already have an autumn glow in September. In the warmer lowlands around Adjara and Samegrelo, the leaves change as late as November.

But what is so special about Georgia in autumn? Is there something like mid-season for travelers and tourists? For a first-time visitor, it must be difficult to decide. So we’ll explain! The main perks of autumn in Georgia are…

Activities to do in Autumn in Georgia

  • Explore Tbilisi on foot
  • Attend "Rtveli" in Kakheti
  • Drive through the mountains
  • Enjoy velvet season on the black sea

Autumn in Tbilisi is short but pronounced. The trees along the riverside and in the city’s parks turn shades of bronze and chestnut, while the hills take on a honey-colored glow. This is the perfect time to get out and explore on foot.

In early fall, there are numerous outdoor events – markets, live music performances, and the like – happening almost every weekend. Add to that special festival, seasonal produce, and the Rtveli wine harvest, and there’s no doubt in my mind these are Tbilisi’s golden days.

Mountains are beautiful anytime, and we always remind you of multiple shades of green, as you travel there in summer, but autumn slowly brings more and more colors into this palette. Traditional purple and gold are just a few of them!

Batumi and the beaches along Georgia’s Black Sea coast reach peak levels in July and August, however, there is a short window where the crowds disperse and the conditions are still ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Locals call it the ‘Velvet Season’. 

The skies are blue and the water is warm in the middle and end of September. This is the most humid month of the year in western Georgia, so swimming is a welcome reprieve.

Autumn – grape harvesting season

Autumn in Georgia means one thing: Harvest time. Rtveli, AKA Georgia’s ‘fifth season, is the most festive, joyous time of the year in the country. Rtveli is a celebration in Georgia that celebrates the harvesting of wine and is considered one of the most critical events in the fall. It begins at the end of September and continues until around the middle of October.

Rtveli is a custom that dates back to ancient times and has been passed down through generations. This is when vintners reap the fruits of their labor and families head to their ancestral vineyards to collect grapes, top up their Qvevri, eat and toast, and enjoy the last days of summer sunshine.

Tbilisoba – the biggest event in Autumn

Tbilisoba is the biggest event on Georgia’s cultural calendar. This traditional ‘ day of’ festival is held in villages and mountain regions across the country throughout the summer months. In October, it’s Tbilisi’s turn!

Tbilisoba is a massive two-day event that celebrates the capital’s diversity and Georgian identity and heritage in general. People from the regions descend on Rike Park for a Gastronomic Festival, showcasing their best autumn produce, wine, and regional food specialties. Handicrafts such as feltwork and pottery are sold at pop-up markets.

Where to see autumn foliage in Georgia:

  • Sabaduri Forest & Tbilisi National Park
  • Ateni Gorge (near Gori)
  • Gombori Pass (between Tbilisi and Telavi)
  • Tsalka & Dashbashi Canyon (and the entire
  • Kvemo Kartli region)
  • Borjomi National Park (best from the end of October)
  • Shaori Lake & Racha (from the end of September in Upper Racha)
  • Bateti Lake
  • Lagodekhi National Park
  • Martvili & upper Samegrelo

Weather in Autumn in Georgia

A short answer to the question: “What is the weather like in Georgia country in autumn?” will be this: “Different”

Georgia is a small country, but extremely diverse in terms of relief and climate. In any season, especially in the off-season, the weather in one region differs dramatically from another one. It all depends on the relief, elevation, the presence of reservoirs in the area, wind, and dozens of other factors.

Also, don’t forget that Georgia is also a mountainous country. Although it is small, the climate varies greatly depending on where you are. The Caucasian ridge provides mild, comfortable weather throughout the country with often cold and snowy Novembers in the mountains.

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