The red grape variety comes from Georgia; the name means "Black of Asureti". Synonyms are Asuretuli, Shala, Shadi grape and Shala. The vine was found growing wild by a German colonist named Schall around 1830 near the settlement of Asureti, founded by Caucasian Germans in 1818, in the Lower Cartlia region, as some synonyms indicate. From 1932 to 1938, Asureti was home to the Concordia collective farm, which was very successful in viticulture and research into pest control (the German inhabitants were deported in 1941). The vine was very popular at that time. The late ripening vine is resistant to spring frosts. It is an all-female grape variety. It produces red wines with moderate acidity and alcohol content for quick consumption. It is cultivated in the Kartli region on a few hectares of vineyards. In 2016, however, no stock was recorded (statistics Kym Anderson).