The red grape variety comes from Georgia; the name means "Black of Asureti". Synonyms are Asuretuli, Schalltraube, Shadi Traube and Shala. The vine was found growing wildly by a German colonist named Schall around 1830 near the settlement Asureti in the region of Lower Kartlien, founded by Caucasian Germans, to which some synonyms refer. From 1932 to 1938 there was the Concordia collective farm in Asureti, which was very successful in viticulture and pest control research (in 1941 the German inhabitants were deported). The vine was very popular at the time. The late ripening vine is resistant to spring frosts. It is a pure female grape, It produces red wines with moderate acid and alcohol content for quick enjoyment. It is grown in the Kartli region on a few hectares of vineyards. In 2010, however, no stock was shown (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012