An orange wine and a classic for any who are curious to try this oxidative, unique style. This Rkatsiteli was fermented and aged in qvevri, or clay amfora, for six months. The slow intake of oxygen makes this wine distinctly not gold, not brilliant, but appetizing. Aromas of raw honey, walnuts, and lightly dried apricots merge with a tannic palate.
This wine comes from the Bodbiskhevi vineyard in Kakheti, Georgia. Rkatsiteli takes up the largest scope in Kakheti and provides high quality production for making European and Kakhetian type white table wines as well as dessert wines. Rkatsiteli is the native grapevine species of Kakheti. It originates from the domesticated species of the Alazani valley. Investigations conducted by the Institute of Viticulture and Enology have revealed that in Saingilo, particularly in the village of Kakhi, there are nowadays many vineyards of old Rkatsiteli (about 200 ha). The harmonious development of Rkatsiteli and its originality are astonishing.
Therefore, the place of Rkatsiteli’s genesis is obvious, however the time is not known, as historical accounts earlier than the 13th century are not available. This is why academician Iv. Javakhishvili (6) considers the time of Rkatsiteli’s origin as the first five plus centuries, based on linguistic analysis. By its morphological and biological features, Rkatsiteli has to be classified as the representative of a new species. Based on all of this information, Rkatsiteli should be considered as a younger grapevine than Saperavi. Rkatsiteli is represented in nearly all viticulture regions of Georgia, but more widely so in Kakheti, where it takes up 13ha i.e. 75% of the whole dedicated land.