Minda fortress was built in this location to make it inaccessible to the enemy. Although it is not clear exactly when it was built, It is thought that the fortress existed in the X century. According to historical documents, King of Imereti Bagrat III gifted the Khetisdze family the Minda fortress in the 1530’s, along with the honor of being a standard bearer.
Currently, a stone fence, three towers and belltower remain from the Minda Fortress. Another room is thought to have survived, but it is inaccessible due to rockfall. In the eastern part of the fortress sits a small, early medieval church, which is damaged.
According to one source, there was a time when an eight ton winemaking vessel qvevri was stored in this fortress, although there is currently no trace of it. During Soviet times, Minda fortress image was used on the wine “Barakoni” label.