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!
Georgia About says, “Enjoy a taste of traditional Georgia. Gaumarjos!”