There’s nothing like a glass of sparkling wine. Whether you choose Prosecco, Cava, Champagne or another sparkling wine, there’s something undeniably celebratory about breaking out the bubbles. Every country has it’s own style of sparkling wine and Georgia is no different. So if you love fizz, keep an eye out for these grapes which are known to make the best bubbles in Georgia. Cheers!
There’s one thing all grapes used for sparkling wine have in common – high acidity. Chinuri is no different. It’s one of the most important indigenous grapes in Kartli, and although it is used to make qvevri amber wines, it is most famous as the grape used to make sparkling PDO Atenuri fizz. You can find out more about Chinuri here.
This versatile grape is the basis of deliciously light-bodied, aromatic whites. Made on its own or in a coupage with Chinuri it’s also the basis of moreish sparkling wines too. You can find out more about Goruli Mtsvane here.
Tsitska is probably best known when it’s combined with Krakhuna for PDO Sviri, a delicious still white table wine. But like Chinuri, Tsitska has a lovely fresh acidity which lends itself to sparkling wines. It’s a favourite grape of Champagne-raised vigneron Bastien Warskotte who now makes sparkling wines in Georgia. You can find out more about Tsitska here.
Unfortunately, while wines like PDO Atenuri and other Georgian fizzes are much sought after in Georgia, they’re not readily available in the UK at this time. So, you’ll have to hot-foot it to Georgia to try them. We say – any excuse needed!