Quick Sip: Vinoterra 2011 Rkatsiteli from the Kakheti region of Georgia
Today’s Quick Sip is the Vinoterra 2011 Rkatsiteli. This wine hails from Georgia (Eurasian country, not the Bulldogs), one of the world's oldest wine-growing regions. Rkatsiteli is an ancient white wine grape variety that’s native to Georgia. Archeological evidence suggests that the grape’s existence in the area dates back to 3000 BC (the evidence being seeds found in old clay vessels). It can be said that today’s “orange wine” trend is founded in the traditional winemaking techniques used in Georgia centuries ago. Traditional methods include macerating, fermenting and storing wines -- including white wines -- on their skins, stems, etc. inside of a quevri (clay vessel). For white grape varieties, this method generally produces an interesting, amber colored, (oftentimes) textured wine. For further information and where you can find this wine, see my tasting notes below.
Vinoterra 2011 Rkatsiteli
Vinoterra '11 Rkatsiteli in the Glass
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