The red grape variety (also Chevka) comes from Bulgaria
. The late-maturing, high-yielding vine is susceptible to both types of mildew
, but moderately resistant to botrytis
. It produces red wines low in alcohol and acidity and is also used as a table grape
. Vini Sliven, one of the largest Bulgarian wineries, was originally called Shevka, which indicates the former great importance of the variety. It is cultivated in the central eastern part of Bulgaria, where a total of 156 hectares were recorded in 2008.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012