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The white grape variety comes from Armenia, Synonyms are Hardzhi, Hardzgi, Hardzhu, Kanacicheni, Kanancheni, Katviacik, Khardji, Kharji, Pishik Gezi, Pscigi, Pshigi, Voskeate, Voskehat and Xardji. The medium to late ripening, extremely productive vine is very susceptible to both due to the thin berry skin mildews and Botrytis, It is mainly cultivated in the Ararat region of Armenia. The variety is mainly used for fortified sweet wines of the type of Madeira or sherry but also for sparkling wines and the production of table grapes used. In 2010, a total of 809 hectares of vineyards were designated in Armenia. Further stocks exist under the name Kharji in Azerbaijan, where it also serves for the production of fortified wines.

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