This Georgian red grape variety is common in the Tsageri district of the Lechkhumi region of western Georgia. It grows best on loamy, calcareous slopes. A late-season variety with thin skins, Usakehlouri tends to develop high sugars while maintaining a high degree of natural acidity—whether its wines are produced using traditional or modern methods. Wines resulting from European methods are lightly colored with bright acidity and with high-toned notes of violets, mint, and pepper.