Rkatsiteli

(aka. Rkatziteli, Rkatsiteii, R-Kat)

Not widely known about in western markets, this ancient white grape variety is broadly distributed across eastern European vineyards – mostly in former Soviet states like the Ukraine and Bulgaria. Its accepted origin is in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains bordering Armenia and Turkey. Here, the grape is known as Rkatsiteii and it still dominates wine production, accounting for up to half of the total volume of this most historic of wine producing nations.

Rkatsiteli yields good sugar levels in cold climates and has a high natural acidity. It makes noticeably acidic but balanced white wines with a full flavor profile and good body. Relatively floral and spicy aromatics are somewhat reminiscent of Gewürztraminer and Riesling, and a lively spritz on the tongue adds to the appealing character of this quality grape variety.

Rkatsiteli also has great utility in the spirit loving Russian market, where it agreeably vinifies into sweet, fortified, and oxidized sherry-like Read more »

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... Vidal, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Rkatsiteli, 10 % Viognier and 5% Petit Manseng in Stainless Steel), 2013 La Belle Vie Rose (91% Chambourcin, 9% Chardonnay in Stainless Steel), 2012 Abbinato (50% Sangiovese, 50% Touriga Nacional in Neutral & French Oak), 2012 Coyote Cave... Read More

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  • North Gate Vineyard Rkatsiteli NV

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    Very pale color. Very aromatic with soft florals and exotic fruit. A little flat mid-palate, but crisper on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • DM, sylvaner is on my list of grapes I have yet to try. I'm on a ... a bottle of Godello and a Rkatsiteli chillin' in the wine fridge waiting their turn.What do you mean by "...local crap white in Burgundy is."?  I've had many a white Burgundy, some phenomenal and others just OK but don't recall ever wanting to spit any out or even make sangri... Read More

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  • Thanks, Richard, for all the input.  Furmint?  Rkatsiteli?  I have a new list to look up when I get time.As for selling out the Rosé so easily, you have to remember how small we are:  19 cases of Rosé produced in 2012; 37 cases of Pinot Gris produced in 2012.  Both sell out very quickly and we always have a list in the fall of people who want mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon's Smallest


  • Someone had to mention Abacela if he's thinking about Spanish grapes in ... in ... Now, furmint or rkatsiteli, or assyrtiko, you'd get my attention... even leanyka or kiralyleanyka--I've had some good wines with those.  But Auxerrois? BTW, selling out of your rose wine the first time you open the door sounds like a good problem to hav Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Tom Vail.  With my wife Marion, we grow pinot noir and pinot gris in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.  Our label is Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm.  We produce fewer than 100 cases of pinot noir and 50 cases of pinot gris each vintage.  Our tasting room is only open Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and this year on the weekend prior to Than... Read More

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  • Chateau Mere Rkatsiteli Georgia Kakhetian Dry 2010

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  • Cinco Caes

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    The 2013 International Wine Channel TV awards has given a Gold Medal and Best ... ... MA. The grapes are: Rkatsiteli, Pinot Gris, Gruner Vetliner, Pinot Noir, and Muscat. One tastes Citrus Rind, strawberry, and melon in a crisp, off dry, easy drinking white blend. The preceding came from a review in the Warren RI Times. My review is that thi... Read More

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  • I am a recent transplant from Maryland to Ohio with an enthusiastic interest in all things wine. Drinking, making, selling, etc. I have friends who own a winery in Maryland, and I used to volunteer for them at festivals throughout the year. I am an Event Designer, so wine is often a topic of conversation. In fact, I'm putting together a wine din... Read More

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