About Georgian Chacha

Chacha (Georgian: ჭაჭა) is a strong spirit made of the grape residue (pomace) left after making wine. 

Chacha is often made at home in a mini still. By the American definition, it qualifies as “moonshine” but unlike the production of “moonshine” in the United States, distilling chacha is not illegal in Georgia and many families continue the tradition. To most Georgians, chacha is “vine vodka” and an important part of celebrations and feasts.

It is made by double distilling fermented pomace and the last fraction on the wine pressing. The picture shows a typical home distillery.

Photo by Thomas Widmann – Wikimedia Commons

A gas-fired chacha distillery

At somewhere between 45-60 per cent alcohol by volume, chacha is incredibly potent.

Chacha is also produced by professional distillers and exported.

Many Georgians claim that Chacha is a remedy for a number of ailments including ear blockages and indigestion. It is also suggested that chacha is a drink for real men!

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12 Responses to “About Georgian Chacha”
  1. Dianda says:

    Never heard of it! Must be a very strong drink!

  2. Shary Hover says:

    Sounds interesting! I went to a Russian and Georgian restaurant with friends last weekend and had a great time. We tasted a variety of salads (mostly Georgian) and had Georgian wine, too. The entrees were amazing. I wish I had written down everything we tried, but it was all delicious.

  3. LOL! I love it! Looks like shine, looks like it is made in a similiar way as shine and you do know one of the big producers of shine is the state of Georgia… LOL

  4. Wow that’s interesting and I love the photos of the distillery’s.

  5. Label says “CHACHA FOR REAL MEN”!!!! Yeah, I want to try some.. 🙂

  6. Kalash says:

    I’m a man who chugs vodka, gin, whiskey — everything right from the bottle, and Chacha is too strong for me. It’s a great drink and 100% approved by this proud muzhik.

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