Resort of Khidikari is located 4 km away from Ambrolauri center. The main point of interest in this historical village is a hall church of St. George dating XI c., ruins of later Middle Ages "Tsulukidze Tower" and medieval Khidikari Fortress at the entrance to the village, between rocks in the Rioni river gorge.
This Fortress for centuries was a shelter from the East side for the residence of Racha"s Eristavi (Rulers) Barakoni while on the other side the Fortress of Mindatsikhe stood guard. The Fortresses had the function of giving alarm, maintaining a look-out and providing defense. Racha-Lechkhumi plays an important role in manufacturing sweet and semi-sweet wines. Ambrolauri is well-known as a microzone of the Georgian wine brand of "Khvanchkara". Naturally semisweet wine "Khvanchkara" is made by mixing two Georgian grapes varieties - Alexandrouli and Mujuretuli. It has a ruby color and velvety, pleasing sweetish taste.
Racha noble family of Kipiani were the fi rst who produced wine of this kind in the XIX century. In 1907 this wine was awarded Gold Medal in the wine festival held in the Belgian city of Ostend. Precious semi-sweet table red wine is also prepared from Racha endemic variety of grapes called "Usakhelauri" that provides the best harvest only in Tsageri district, under the impact of its climate and soil. Even in Tsageri district this variety is grown in only several villages.
RESORT AREA OF KHIDIKARI
Location: foot-hill of Racha range (system of Greater Kavkasioni), left bank of river Rioni
Distance: 4 km from Ambrolauri, 294 km from Tbilisi Sea level: 680 m
Natural treatment factors: low mountain climate and lightly sulfi de, hydro-carbonate (and sulphuric-hydrocarbonate), magnesium-sodium-calcium (and sodium) mineral waters with general mineralization of 0,4-0,8 g/ dm3; discharge - 50 thous. l/day
Types of therapy: mineral water baths, passive climate therapy
Diseases for treatment: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory (dry pleuritis, long-lasting pneumonia) and nervous system functional disorders