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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  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... less-distinguished brandies.Rkatsiteli I'm skeptical about. It's hard to get real figures. The grape is from Georgia and it produced a lot of plonk for the Soviet Union. There's not much of it anywhere else. There was surely a lot of it in Georgia but the vineya... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Ask and ye shall be answered, JD. From Univ. of Adelaide:The world’s 10 ... ... Airen2. Garnacha tinta3. Rkatsiteli4. Sultaniye5. Trebbiano Toscana6. Mazuelo7. Merlot8. Cabernet sauvignon 9. Monastrell10. Bobal...And in 20101. Cabernet Sauvignon2. Merlot3. Airen4. Tempranillo5. Chardonnay6. Syrah7. Garnacha tinta8. Sauvignon blanc9. Trebbiano ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Badagoni Tsinandali Dry White 2005

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    Wine review by Katariina


  • We did taste the Rkatsiteli wine but we did not purchase a bottle.  Sandra thought it was a bit fruit forward but not as much as the Viognier.  I thought about buying a bottle but since I didn't know much about the grape, I elected to go for the Chardonnay. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • RBA, a VA winery making a Rkatsiteli wine?  What's this world coming to?  That would definitely be a good subject on the Completely Different thread.  More importantly, did you taste and/or buy that wine? Would love to hear you impression if you did.  By the way, I'm not even going to touch the subject of Sandra's rack. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • They're full of syllables, history and intrigue, and they're fast ... ... out that the country's rkatsiteli and mtsvane white varietals and the red saperavi varietal are the most popular in the U.S. The reporter said Georgian reds may find their footing here because they are sweet and sweet reds are “in vogue nowadays.” The wine also boasts so... Read More

    From the article Georgian Wines Grabbing American Headlines


  • 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

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