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Tsolikouri

The white grape variety originates from Georgia. Synonyms are Colikouri, Kakhidzis Tsolikauri, Kokabhidsis Tsolikauri, Kobakhidzis Tsolikouri, Kokhidzis Tsolikouri, Melkos Tsolikouri, Melkosse Tsolikouri, Melqos Tsolikauri, Obchuri Tsolikouri, Obtchoura, Obtchouri Tzolikoouri, Tosilikouri Obcuri, Tsolikoouri, Tsolikouri Obchuri, Tzolikoouri and Zolikouri. The parentage is unknown. The late-ripening vine yields full-bodied, acidic white wines with aromas of quince and pears, as well as ageing potential, which are excellent for sparkling wine production. The variety is widespread throughout Georgia, mainly in the region of Imeretia, as well as in Mingrelia and Ratscha-Letschchumi. It is often blended with the Tsitska variety. The variety occupied a total of 7,903 hectares of vineyards in Georgia in 2016. Small populations are also said to exist in Bulgaria and Ukraine. It is ranked 88th in the world grape variety ranking (Kym Anderson).

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