The white grape variety probably comes from Azerbaijan, Synonyms are Ag Chirai, Ag Shirei, Ag Üzum, Bahian Chirei, Bajac Shirei, Banants, Bayanshire, Bayan Shirei, Bayan Shirey, Shirei and Spitak Khagog. It probably comes from the area surrounding the eponymous Bayan community in the Dashkasan region of Azerbaijan. According to a second version, the origin is in Armenia. The late ripening, productive vine is susceptible to fungal diseases and sensitive to frost but resistant to drought, It produces white wines with a moderate alcohol content. The variety is also called table grape, for the production of grape juice and partly also for the distillation used by brandies. In 2010 were in Kazakhstan 645 hectares of vineyards with increasing tendency (Kym Anderson ). The variety is also said to be in smaller quantities Armenia. Azerbaijan. Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan. turkmenistan and Uzbekistan grown.
Images: Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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