The white grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Asprathiri, Asprathiro, Asprothiri, Asprothiro, Athiri, Athiri Lefko, Athiri Leyko and Athyri. The name recalls their possible origin from the archipelago Santorini with the main island of Thira. It is believed that the variety (among many others) is famous for the production Malvasia wines was used by the historic Greek port as early as the 13th century Monemvasia were shipped from. By done in 2007 DNA analysis the assumption that she was wrong with the variety Thrapsathiri is identical, but the parentage is unknown. With the red variety Athiri Mavro it is a color mutation (or the other way around).
The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to real ones mildew but resistant to drought, It produces a fresh, fruity white wine with moderate acidity, alcohol and lime aroma. The variety is on some Aegean islands, the Cyclades, on Peloponnese and also on the mainland in Macedonia grown on the Chalkidike peninsula. On Rhodes the "Athiri de Rhodes" is pressed from it. On Santorini it becomes in the traditional upbringing Kouloura cultivated and serves as a blending partner for Assyrtiko, On Crete she will join Thrapsathiri and vilana blended with Peza wine. It is also called table grape used. The acreage in 2010 was 748 hectares with a downward trend (in 2000 there were still 1,273 hectares).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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