The white grape variety comes from Georgia. Synonyms are Colikouri, Kakhidzis Tsolikauri, Kobakhidzis Tsolikouri, Melkos Tsolikouri, Melkosse Tsolikouri, Melqos Tsolikauri, Obchuri Tsolikouri, Tsolikoouri, Tsolikouri Obchuri and Zolikouri. The late maturing vine produces full-bodied, acidic white wines with aromas of quince and pear, as well as storage potential, which are excellent for sparkling wine production. The variety is widespread throughout Georgia, mainly in the Imeretia region, but also in Mingrelia and Racha-Lechchumi. It is often blended with the Tsitska variety. In 2010, the variety covered a total of 7,903 hectares of vineyards in Georgia with a strong upward trend (Kym Anderson). Small stocks are also expected in Bulgaria and Ukraine. It occupies 86th place in the worldwide grape variety ranking.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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