Tsolikauri

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Tsolikauri
Grape (Vitis)
Colour of berry skin White
Notable regions Imereti district, Georgia
Notable wines Tsolikauri, Kolkheti, Lelo, Tvishi[1]

Tsolikauri (Georgian: ცოლიკაური) is a light yellow-skinned white grape variety grown mainly in western Imereti district of Georgia.[2] It cultivated in Kolkhida Lowland at an altitude of 160 m (520 ft) above sea level.[3]

Out of 400 different types of grapes in the country, Tsolikauri is among the most widespread varieties.[4] Nearly 90% of vineyards in western Georgia grow Tsolikauri. This sort usually matures by mid October.[5] Grown in Orzhonikidze vineyards during Soviet rule of Georgia, Tsolikauri was considered one of high-quality grapes along with Chkhaveri and Izabella varieties.[6] It has been used for production of premium dry, semi-sweet and semi-dry wines.[2] Tsolikauri, Kolkheti, Lelo, Tvishi wines are made from Tsolikauri grapes.[1][7] According to former Soviet statesman Vyacheslav Molotov, Tsolikauri was one of favorite wines of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin.[8]

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