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The red grape variety possibly originates from Armenia. Synonyms are Cakhete, Kachet and Kakheti. The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. Both the genetic proximity to the Georgian varieties Khikhvi and Kisi, as well as the name (Kakheti is a Georgian region) could indicate Georgian descent. However, the ethymological meaning is probably derived from the Armenian word "kakhel" (to hang). Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that the origin lies in Georgia. The late-ripening vine is widespread and is cultivated in the Armenian regions of Artashat, Ararat and Kotajk. However, no stock was recorded in 2010 (statistics Kym Anderson).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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