Baia's Wine - Tsitska-Tsolikouri 2021
A fun discovery from Georgia.
Grapes: Tsitska, Tsolikouri
Region: Imereti, Georgia
Aromas of persimmon, apricot and citrus, with honeycomb and sweet spice on the mid pallet with a long finish highlighted by moderate tannin.
A blend of two indigenous Imeretian varieties, Tsitska and Tsolikouri, made winemaker Baia Abuladze. Both of the varieties are high-acid, lower-sugar grapes, adapted to the humid western Georgian climate. All the fruit is estate-grown in the village of Obcha, hand-picked, and hand-sorted. After destemming, the wine is pressed and put into qvevri with partial skin contact for spontaneous fermentation. It is then racked into stainless steel after 3 months.
Baia Abuladze is a young woman, who together with her sister Gvanca Abuladze and their family in Obcha, Imereti in the west of Georgia, are bringing new life and energy to a region with a storied history but whose winemaking traditions had suffered greatly during communist times.
Baia began studying viticulture and winemaking studying from her grandfather as a little girl. Starting in 2015 Baia, who was then 22 years old decided to take bring new life to the 1.5 Hectare estate and family wine cellar. With the help of some woman winemaker specific grants she procured the necessary tools to bottle their first vintage in 2015 comprising of 5,000 bottles. Over the years Baia and Gvanca have been making unique woman made wines with a purpose of preserving and being a part of the 8,000 Georgian wine tradition.