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Asuretuli Shavi grapes

by | Jan 4, 2018

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Asuretuli Shavi, a minor red grape variety was once popular with German colonists native to the well known Kartli region.

Asuretuli Shavi grapes

The name generally means “black from Asureti” that was discovered growing in the wild woods near the German settlement of Asureti.

This red wine grape variety is known under several names such as Asuretuli, Schalltraube, Shadi Traube and Shala.

Wines with Asuretuli Shavi grapes


The German colonist, Schall discovered Asuretuli Shavi growing in the wild woods between 1825 and 1845 and became one of Asuretuli Shavi’s synonyms called Schalltraube meaning “Schall’s grape”.

Asuretuli Shavi was proliferated primarily in German colonies before the colonists’ expulsion in 1941 then experienced decrease thereafter.

Characteristics of Asuretuli Shavi grapes

Asuretuli Shavi is normally a mid budding, late ripening and sometimes low yielding grape variety which produces medium-sized and compact clusters of small berries.

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Characteristics of Asuretuli Shavi Wines

Asuretuli Shavi wines are normally having average alcohol and acidity levels with encouraging varietal aromas. These wines are best to drink young unlike the lighter wine styles of Beaujolais.

Since this grape variety is grown mainly in the village of Asureti Kartli, the Asuretian Wine Cellar produces dry varietal wines also medium-dry rose style wines.


Michael Bredahl

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