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Rkatsiteli

Rkatsiteli is a white grape variety of Georgian origin and is widely regarded as one of the oldest and most important grape varieties in the world, dating back to 3000 BC. It is known for its versatility, allowing it to be used for a range of styles and wines, from sparkling to fortified.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Rkatsiteli grapes are medium-sized, with a golden yellow-green colour and a thick, leathery skin. They have a very distinctive aroma profile, with notes of white flowers, honey and dried apricots. The taste of Rkatsiteli wines is intense, with high acidity. The most common flavour notes are citrus, white peach, dried apricot and a hint of spice.

Fresh Rkatsiteli grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Rkatsiteli is mainly grown in Eastern Europe, particularly in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Russia. It is also found in some New World countries, such as the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Rkatsiteli is a late-ripening variety, and is usually harvested in mid-September. It is a very resistant grape and can tolerate colder temperatures and frost. In terms of winemaking, Rkatsiteli is usually fermented in stainless steel tanks, but can also be barrel-aged for a longer time. Rkatsiteli wines vary greatly depending on the region. In Georgia for example, the wines are usually made in a traditional style, which includes the usage of clay amphoras. In Moldova and Ukraine, on the other hand, the wines tend to be fuller-bodied and more intense. Also fortifed, as well as sparkling wines are produced. Rkatsiteli pairs well with a range of dishes, from light appetizers to heavier main courses. Try pairing it with grilled fish, roasted poultry, pasta dishes and creamy cheeses.

Foods to pair with Rkatsiteli:

Asian food
Curry
Deep fried
Beef
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Rkatsiteli
Rkatsiteli is by far the most widely planted grape variety in Georgia. It represents more than 55 % of all grapes harvested in Georgia per year.

Top Wines with Rkatsiteli

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli

Dr. Konstantin Frank

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli is a white wine produced by Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The winery is known for its pioneering efforts in introducing European grape varieties to the region. The Rkatsiteli grape is grown in the winery's estate vineyards, which are situated on the slopes of Keuka Lake. The winemaking process involves gentle pressing and cool fermentation to preserve the grape's natural flavors and aromas. The resulting wine is crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus and green apple. It pairs well with seafood, salads, and light pasta dishes.
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grilled meats
salads
vegetables
cheeses
fruits
appetizers
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Dila-o Rkatsiteli - Mtsvane Amber Dry

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Dila-O Rkatsiteli - Mtsvane Amber Dry is a distinctive Georgian orange wine. Hailing from the Kakheti region, this wine is a harmonious 50/50 blend of Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes, known for their unique characteristics. What sets it apart is the traditional qvevri fermentation with indigenous yeast and minimal sulfite additions, attesting to its commitment to natural winemaking. With an approachable one-month skin contact, this cuvée strikes a balance, offering a lighter, fresher style. This amber-hued wine provides an excellent introduction to the world of Georgian orange wines, showcasing the country's ancient winemaking techniques and the vibrant interplay of flavors from the qvevri fermentation.
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grilled fish
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pork
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Sesikeli Rkatsiteli

Sesikeli

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Sesikeli Rkatsiteli is a delightful white wine that hails from the Kakheti region of Georgia. This wine is produced by a renowned winery that is known for its commitment to quality and traditional winemaking techniques. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique climate and soil composition, resulting in grapes that are full of flavor and character. The winemaking process involves an extended period of skin contact maceration for about 6 months, and fermenting the grapes in traditional qvevri, large clay vessels buried underground, which imparts a distinct complexity to the wine. Sesikeli Rkatsiteli is a dry white wine with a vibrant acidity, showcasing notes of citrus, stone fruits, and a hint of floral aromas. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, making it a versatile and enjoyable choice for wine enthusiasts.
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roasted chicken
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sausages
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