Meaning “vine with a black cane,” Shavkapito originated in Kartli, in eastern Georgia.
Its medium-sized, conical bunches typically have wings and moderate density. The round, medium-sized berries are round and dark blue. Shavkapito tends toward a bud-burst in the last third of April and ripens in the second third of September (mid-season). It has average susceptibility to most pests or diseases, and is a moderate to high-moderate yielder.
Shavkapito is terroir-reflective, as grapes grown on the valley floor will produce relatively full-bodied wines; wines from the slopes and mountain foothills will be lighter and softer, with delicate aromatics. Typically, Shavkapito wines are of a light cherry or ruby colour, with berry and herbal notes. They are vinified both in European and traditional Qvevri styles.