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The white grape variety comes from Georgia. Synonyms are Chichvi, Djananura, Janaani, Jananura, Khichvi and Khikchvi. Together with other Georgian varieties the origin is said to go back to the 5th century, but of course this cannot be proven anymore. The medium ripening vine has sugar-rich berries and is susceptible to powdery mildew. It produces acidic white wines with a flowery aroma. The variety is cultivated in the Kakheti region and is also used for the wines traditionally produced here in the clay jugs (Kvevri). In 2010, only six hectares of vineyard area were designated. Small stocks are also to be found in Moldova and Ukraine

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