The white grape variety originates from Georgia. Synonyms are Chichvi, Djananura, Janaani, Jananura, Khichvi and Khikchvi. The parentage is unknown. Together with other Georgian varieties, the origin is said to go back to the 5th century. The medium-ripening vine has berries rich in sugar and is susceptible to powdery mildew. It produces acidic white wines with a floral aroma. The variety is cultivated in the Kakheti region and is also used for the wines traditionally produced here in the clay jars (kvevri). In 2016, only six hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson). Small stands are also said to exist in Moldova and Ukraine.
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