The red grape variety comes from Georgia
, Synonyms are Aleksandrouli Shavi, Aleksandrouly, Alexandrouli and Kabistoni. According to 2009 DNA analysis
it is not a color mutation
of the white variety Kapistoni Tetri
(with the synonym Kabistoni Tetri). The late ripening vine has berries with a balanced sugar and acidity. It produces fragrant red wines with aromas of cherry and pomegranate. Together with the variety Mujuretuli
becomes the branded wine Chwantschkara
blended, the favorite wine
by Josef Stalin (1878-1953). The variety mainly grown in the northwestern region of Racha-Lechkhumi. In 2010, 281 hectares were designated.