Rkatsiteli is an ancient light-skinned white grape variety native to Georgia, and it is widespread throughout the Caucasus and Black Sea countries. The grape variety is vastly planted in the Kakheti wine-growing region, and it is the most popular white grape in the country. The name of the wine translated from Georgian means "red stem" despite the grape's colour. Rkatsiteli has resistance to cold winter weather conditions, and its ability to maintain good acidity levels, even in the hottest summers is making it a very versatile varietal. It has a good balance between sugars and acids, making it suitable for the production of table wines, sparkling wines, sweet wines, fortified wines and brandy. The best expressions of the grape have characteristics of green apple with notes of white peach and quince. Outside Georgia, the Rkatsiteli grape variety has plantings in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Armenia. In the past decade, it is becoming increasingly popular internationally.