Tsolikouri (Georgian: ცოლიკოური) is a light yellow-skinned white grape varietygrown mainly in western Imereti district of Georgia. It cultivated in Kolkhida Lowland at an altitude of 160 m (520 ft) above sea level.
Out of over 500 different types of grapes in Georgia, Tsolikouri is among the most widespread varieties. Nearly 90% of vineyards in western Georgia grow Tsolikauri. This sort usually matures by mid October. Tsolikouri was considered one of high-quality grapes along with Chkhaveri and Izabella varieties. It has been used for production of premium dry, semi-sweet and semi-dry wines. Tsolikauri and Tvishi wines are made from Tsolikouri grapes. According to former Soviet statesman Vyacheslav Molotov, Tsolikouri was one of favorite wines of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin.
Story’s Tsolikouri is made utilizing best of two worlds of winemaking, old world (Georgian) and modern (European). First grapes are fermented in Qvevri (Georgian clay pots) and than sealed for up to 6 months with skin. After wine is transferred to French oak barrels for prolonged aging. Best to be enjoyed at the room temperature or chilled.