The white grape probably comes from Azerbaijan, Synonyms include Ag Chirai, Ag Shirei, Ag Umum, Bahian Chirei, Bajac Shirei, Banants, Bayanshire, Bayan Shirei, Bayan Shirey, Shirei and Spitak Khagog. It is believed to have come from the vicinity of the eponymous community of Bayan in the Azerbaijani Dashkasan region. After a second version, the origin lies in Armenia. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to fungal diseases and sensitive to frost, but resistant to drought, It produces white wines with 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 showing an upward trend (Kym Anderson ). The variety is reportedly also in smaller quantities in Armenia. Azerbaijan. Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan. turkmenistan and Uzbekistan grown.
Photos: Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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