Aleksandrouli

Aleksandrouli

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The indigenous “vine of Alexander,” Aleksandrouli has been nurtured for a long time in the mountainous hillsides of Racha-Lechkhumi in western Georgia. Long thought to be a completely distinct variety Mujuretuli, they are now known to be separate varieties with a common ancestor. The most notable plantings of Aleksandrouli are in the Ambrolauri, Oni and Tsageri districts on the Rioni River, which tumbles down the Caucasus Mountains into the Black Sea. Though it could grow any in the country, is drought-resistant and can grow well on many different types of soils, until recently it was rarely seen out of Racha-Lechkhumi. Ketskhoveli et al., noted that it produces particularly high-quality wine on sunny, south- and southwestern-facing vineyards with stony and calcareous soils, such as those on the right bank of the Rioni in lower Racha, most famously in the PDO Khvanchkara, but also in Tola, Bostana, Chorjo, Chrebalo, Joshkhi, and Sadmeli. They note, too, that Aleksandrouli also does comparatively well on heavy clay soils.