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Khikhvi is an old thin-skinned white grape variety originating from the eastern part of Georgia of the Kakheti wine-growing region. The grape is medium ripening and has sugar-rich berries, and it is susceptible to powdery mildew. It is an early ripener, recommended for higher-altitude and cooler mountain plantings. Khikhvi is a very versatile grape which can produce light dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and fortified styled wines. The typical characteristics of the grape are floral notes of boxwood, wildflowers, ripe yellow fruits and apricot. The lighter style wines appear both in European and Qvevri (traditional clay pots) versions the latter wines emphasise the dried fruit and flower character. The Khikhvi vine has medium alcohol levels and soft acidity, as Khikhvi may stand alone as a single varietal wine, or may contribute to enhance a blend. The grape variety is planted only in Georgia. It definitely deserves greater international attention.

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