8 wine grape varieties you've probably never heard of

Surprise your next dinner guests with these delicious, relatively unknown varieties.

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The royal Shavkapito

A dense, rich red grape that was once the preferred variety of royalty, Shavkapito is indigenous to the country of Georgia.

Despite rave reviews from the wine industry, the grape is presently only available in limited quantities, with an estimated 24 acres planted in the country's Kartli valley.

The wines produced by Shavkaptio are full bodied and of a light cherry or ruby color. Featuring an aromatic nose of berries and herbs, flavors include elderberry, cherry and light smoke.

You can pair this one with a recipe from our Israeli Kitchen such as flanken with shallots or meat-stuffed potatoes with herbs and spices.

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