A native varietal to the country of Georgia. It is made in both modern styles and as an amber wine, often fermented in the typical terracotta amphorae called Qvervi. The varietal is native to the Kakheti wine region and seems to be related to other native grapes in the region. It was nearly extinct in the year 2000 with plantings down to a handful of acres. It produces extremely low yields, around 25-30% of Rkatsiteli.