Racha-Lechkhumi is one of Georgia’s smallest wine regions, wedged between Imereti to the south and the Greater Caucasus mountains to the north, distinguished by the scarcity of vineyards and the rare grape varieties Tvishi, Tsolikouri, Aleksandrouli and Orbeluri. Almost all wines from these vineyards are sweeter than their western European counterparts, as a result of the extremely high sugar levels created by the sunny climate. With its unique “sense of place” Racha-Lechkhumi is a region where wine grapes have an amazing ability to draw flavours from the soil, climate, and location. Racha-Lechkhumi is inseparable from the semi-sweet “Khvanchkara” wine produced from 1932.
Khvanchkara wine was a favourite of Josef Stalin. Stalin knew every Khvanchkara wine producing family in Racha to ensure he was supplied with the best wine.