The white grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Debina Metsovou, Debina Palea, Dempina, Ntempina and Zitsa. You must not use the two Albanian varieties Debina Kala and Debina Teki (although possibly related) or (due to similar synonym) Tsitska be confused. The wine made from it was commended by the British poet George Gordon Byron aka "Lord Byron" (1788-1824), who took part in the Greek struggle for freedom. The late-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis and sensitive to drought. It produces lively, acidic white wines with a typical apple aroma, which are well suited for the production of sparkling wines. The variety is mainly used in the Epirus regions in the appellation Zitsa, on the Peloponnese and in Thessaly cultured. The total acreage in 2010 was 239 hectares.
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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