(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 Read more »

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  • Teliani Valley Alazani Valley Semi Sweet White 2018


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli 2016


    One of the oldest grape varietals in the world. Peach and orange nose. Smooth and very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2016


    Herbed lemongrass and green apple aromas with fresh cut lemon aromatics. Very citrusy on the palate with notes of fresh lemon and grapefruit, ripe pear juice and a burst of acidity on the attack that sustains throughout, this is crisp and refreshing with a warm spiced afterglow of white pepper and herbs. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... and find wines made with Rkatsiteli (best known white), Mtsvane, and Saperavi (best known red) grapes for a taste of whites and reds.Kovas Palubinskas50 States Of WineHungarySeveral come to mind, including Rias Baixas, Spain (for Albariño), but I’m going to g... Read More

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  • Yes, how is the wine in the Ukraine?  I bet the good stuff is shipped to ... noir, Pinot gris, Rkatsitel Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... far will ... ToddDame WineRkatsiteliI was in California to speak at a wine tourism conference. During the opening night reception, I was making my way around the room intentionally tasting wines I had not encountered before. Someone suggested I go by the Georgi... Read More

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  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, ... Mexico)Okro’s Wine, Rkatsiteli, 2010 (Kakheti, Georgia)Lagvinari, Goruli Mtsvane, 2015 (Kartli, Georgia)Zorah, Yeraz 2013 (Vayots Dzor, Armenia)Roxanich, Antica, 2009 (Istria, Croatia)Tomac, Amphora Pjenušac Brut, 2010 (Plešivica, Croatia)Full tasting notes, backg... Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • I'm growing Rkatsiteli at 6,468 ft. elevation in western Colorado. This year will be our second vintage. In our conditions it produces a wonderful, crisp wine, high in acids, very aromatic, and with a nice finish. It has an amazing upright growth pattern so that shoot positioning (for a VSP trellis) is almost unnecessary. As of today, our Rk...

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  • Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Dry Unfiltered Amber Wine Kakheti 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

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