The red variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Athiri Noir, Mavratheri, Mavrathero, Mavrathira, Mavrathiri, Mavrathiro and Mavvathero. According to a non-verifiable hypothesis, it should be the one from the doctor Galen (129-216) mentioned purple "Theraios Oinos". It is believed that the variety (among many others) for the production of the famous Malvasia wines was used as early as the 13th century by the historic Greek port Monemvasia shipped out or exported. The vine is mainly used as a blend for Mandilaria, It will be on a small scale on some Cyclades Islands such as Santorini grown. In 2010, however, no more stocks were reported (in 2000 there were still 40 hectares). For the white variety Athiri Aspro it is a color mutation (or the other way around).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012