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Resort Zekari

Baghdadi municipality is located in the South of Imereti, in the gorge of river Khanistskali. This territory is predominantly mountainous
and is covered with forests of oak, walnut, chestnut, fir, ash and other precious species of trees. From the South Baghdadi is accompanied by the (Ajara-Imereti) slope of a range of Lesser Kavkasioni mountains across which is running a road on the Zekari pass linking the area with Samtskhe-Javakheti, namely, Adigheni. This road was used from the times immemorial for caravan traffic. Not far from the pass is the outlet of river Kershaveti where in the gorge is located a spa resort of Zekari. Sulphuric thermal waters here are used primarily for curing rheumatic diseases. The resort has germane infrastructure: solid building, cottages and a dining room.
Baghdadi is wine-producing area. From grapes varieties of Imereti Krakhuna of Sviri, Tsolikauri of Obchuri and Tsitska of Kvaliti are well-known. Krakhuna is one of the noted Georgian varieties of grapes used in production of white wine. Irrespective of the fact that Krakhuna is distributed in Racha, Lechkhumi, Guria and Samegrelo, this variety displays the best of qualities in Imereti. The grapes of Krakhuna variety as a rule is used for production of table wine of Imeretian and classical European type. A distinguished entrepreneur, Alexander Ananov, lived in Baghdadi, village of Vartsikhe, in the second half of XIX century. 20 hectares of his estate were used for cultivation of grapes. Ananov built a factory in Vartsikhe managed by specialists invited from France. Other than his own
grapes, the entrepreneur processed at his factory also grapes bought from his neighbor peasants’ vineyards and produced 200-300 lt. of wine, 30-40 thousand bottles of champagne and 60 thousand bottles of brandy. Nowadays a juvenile camp is located in the estate
of Ananov, while various types of products from Imereti grapes are produced at Vartsikhe factory.
 
Location: Northern slope of Meskheti (system of Lesser Kavkasioni mountain range), gorge of river Khanistskali
Distance: 25 km from Bagdadi, 55 km from Kutaisi, 255 km from Tbilisi.
Sea level: 750-780 m
Landscape: mountainous
Climate: humid, subtropical, winter mild, nearly without snow, mean temperature in January 10 degrees centigrade; summer warm, moderately humid, mean temperature in August 21 degrees centigrade
Average annual precipitation: 1800-1900 mm
Average comparative annual humidity: 77%
Duration of annual sunny light: 1300-1400 h.
Natural treatment factors: climate of low mountain and slightly sulphuric-hydro-carbonate-chloride, sodium mineral waters with general mineralization of 1,5 g/dm3
Water discharge: 400 000 l/day
Types of therapy: mineral water baths and passive climate therapy Diseases for treatment: chronic arthritis, nephritis, neuralgia,
radiculitis and functional diseases of nervous system, rheumatism.
 

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