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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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2007

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    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • History would advise against crossing a powerful Russian politician. The ... ... – varietals like Rkatsiteli and Feteasca Neagra were, in ease of say, no rosé or cabernet. “Western customers don’t know how to say the unfamiliar consonant and vowel clusters that mark native Georgian and Moldovan varietals,” Holm said.  Despite all this, Georgi... Read More

    From the article Georgian Winemakers to Putin: Thanks for the Cold Shoulder, Vlad


  • Opened this Macedonian 2012 Tikveš Rkatsiteli Special Selection later on in the evening last night. Somewhat sauv blanc like but with a bit of bitterness (almond?) on the tongue. Overall a good value around $10. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... (saperavi) and two whites (rkatsiteli, mstvane) have the most global potential,” the Bloomberg story said. Southern England made an appearance in the article as well. The area sports potential, McCoy said. “Global warming and the same chalky soil as France's Champagne... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... to make bad wine. And that Rkatsiteli? There's a lot of it planted. Some was brought over to the US by Dr. Konstantin Frank to upstate New York and they are making a decent wine from it. Do you need to rush out to get some? No but drink it if you get it. Not bad at all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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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