Chacha Corner on #11 Giga Lortkipanidze Street in Sololaki district is one of its kind chacha shop in town featuring around 250 different beverages. Vato Botsvadze, the owner, has been thinking of opening a shop years ago, but as he says, there were fewer family-run wineries or companies that concentrated on bottling chacha. Therefore, once such companies started to emerge in Tbilisi, he saw the opportunity to open a craft beverage shop in the heart of the capital.
Usually, the companies that make chacha are producers of wine, therefore, this strong beverage is always on the second place for them. Botsvadze focused on finding those enterprises who primarily concentrate on chaha or any other high alcoholic drinks. However, the search and displaying those drinks was not an easy task. Most of the enterprises that work on producing high alcoholic beverages besides wine or chacha, work on export markets rather than local. However, after the negotiations and regulating the re-export procedures, Botsvadze got a wide variety of assortment in his shop. To this date, the store has the largest choice in the country, as it has exclusive distribution of many brands.
Here, you’ll find drinks that are not sold in your ordinary supermarket or grocery shop. For instance Armazi Distillery, who was the first ever company that concentrated on chacha making only; or the very first chacha from Usakhelauri grapes (a mountainous grape grown in Lechkhumi, it is scarce and comes in low quantities) in Georgia’s history made by Ana’s Vineyards. And if you feel undecided about which to buy, there are six different tasting packages at Chacha Corner with five different drinks in each package. Along with the degustation, you’ll learn about the drink’s history and production technique. And if you are a beginner in the chacha game, Botsvadze will be delighted to recommend the chacha that will please you the most based on your actual alcohol taste.