The name Tkibuli was first mentioned in historical documents from the 13th century. There are signs of human habitation from ancient times (for example in the Magara Caves).
Tea of Okriba
Tea crops first took place in Georgia around 1830, after arriving from China with the Georgian prince Misha Eristavi. The similarity of the subtropical climate of China and West Georgia, as well as the terraced shape of the surroundings, created perfect environment for efficient tea plantations. Tea accounts for 36 percent of the output of the large food-processing industry. Georgia with Imereti region used to be the main supplier of black and green tea for the whole Soviet Union. Tea was one of the leading agricultural products in this region. Nowadays tea growing is still widely practiced in such villages as Ckhepi, Samtredia, Bziauri, Satsire and others. There are three seasons for the harvest: May-beginning of June, the end of July-August and the end of September but, of course, the amount of production depends on weather conditions, as the third harvest happens only with the appropriate amount of rain. In Tkibuli area five, GMO-free sorts of tea are developed and produced by locals at their small enterprises, which can be also visited.