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The red grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Aghiorghitico, Aghiorgitiko, Bacouri, Bakouri, Mavro Nemeas, Mavrostaphylo Mavraki, Mavroudi Nemeas, Mbacoura, Mbakoura, Mpakouri, Mpakouros, Nemeas Mavro and St. Georgs-Vine. The city of Nemea in the appellation of the same name was formerly called Agios Georgis (Saint George), which gave this variety its name. However, the grape variety name must not have the similar denomination of origin Agioritikos from the holy mountain Athos (Chalkidike peninsula) can be confused. The exact origin is suspected in the areas of Argolis and Corinthia in the Peloponnese. The parentage is unknown. According to a hypothesis, it is said to be in Greek antiquity have been grown.

Agiorgitiko - grape and leaf

The late-ripening, productive vine is very susceptible to viral diseases, as well as against both mildews and Botrytis, It produces color-intensive red wines with velvety tannins and aromas of sour cherries and currants, as well as aging potential. These will be happy to join Cabernet Sauvignon blended. Agiorgitiko is the most common Greek red wine variety. It is mainly found in the regions Attica and Peloponnese grown. In the second, it is in the appellation Nemea the only approved variety. There are also smaller quantities in the regions Epirus and Macedonia, The variety occupied a total of 2,905 hectares of vineyards in 2010, with an upward trend. It thus proves worldwide varieties ranking rank 148.

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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