Fodor's Expert Review Dagomys Tea Plantation
For Russian tea drinkers, Sochi is well-known as the only place in the country that produces tea (the most famous local brand is Krasnodarskyi). Unique climatic conditions mean that Sochi's tea plantations are the northernmost in the world. A trip to this tea-growing farm includes a field lecture on the peculiarities and history of tea in Russia and a tea-party in a Russian wooden izba (country log home), along with a performance by a folklore group singing traditional Russian songs and engaging in lively accordion music. You will drink tea in a traditional Russian way—from the samovar—as well as sampling teas paired with Russian breads, nuts, and locally baked pies. The izba is located on top of a mountain and offers unforgettable views. One side looks out toward the sea and the other faces the snow-covered Caucasus Mountains.