Thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties in Western Georgia. It is a late ripening grape that can often be quite spicy, richly textured and full of honey aromas. Give high acidity wines that are excellent for sparkling wines. Tsitska is a native, widely distributed standard variety of grapevine that provides high quality soft table white wine. In upper and central Imereti it is mostly used for champagne.
In some villages of upper Imereti, Tsitska is known also by the names Shanti and Tsitsko, while in the villages of central Imereti, it is also called Male Tsitska. Tsitska is one of the first mentioned varieties in the oldest agronomical literature, and the large scope of its distribution, gives us reason to consider it as one of the oldest grapevine varieties of Western Georgia.
The similarity of the botanical and agricultural characteristics of Tsitska to other local vine varieties, its wide distribution in nearly all districts of Imereti, and its many varieties, are clear evidence for considering it a local and ancient grapevine variety. Tsitska is mostly distributed in the viticulture districts of Western Georgia, in upper and central Imereti.