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The red grape variety comes from Greece. The name derives either from the city of Corinth (between the Peloponnese and mainland) or from the island Zakynthos from. There are over 100 Synonyms, the main alphabetically grouped by country are Zante Currant ( Australia ); Corinthe Noir, Epicier, Raisin de Corinthe ( France ); Korinthiaki Stafida, Korinthiaki Stafis, Korinthiaki Staphis, Lianoroghi, Lianorogi, Lianroghi, Mavri Corinthiaki, Mavri Korinthiaki, Mavri Korinziaki, Mavri Stafida, Stafida, Stafida Mavro, Stafidambelo, Stafidampriis, Staphidampelo, Staphidampelos, Greece ); Aiga Passera, Alga Passera, Corino Nero, Corinto Nero, Passeretta Nera, Passerilla, Passerille, Passarina di Liparia, Passarina Nera, Passerina Nera, Passula di Corinto, Uva Nera Passa di Corinto, Uva Nera Passera di Corinto, Uva Passa, Uva Passa Minima, Uva Passa Nera ( Italy ); Black Corenth, Black Corinth, Black Corinto, Black Current, Black Current Grape, Currant Grape ( United States ); Crni Corinth ( Croatia ); Corinto Negro ( Spain ); Aproszemue Fekete, Kék Meguadan, Korinthusi Kék ( Hungary ).

Korinthiaki - grape and leaf

According to DNA analysis are neither the Italian table grape Corinto Bianco, still the Greek variety Korinthiaki Lefki (Corinto Bianco) color mutations, You also may not with the morphological quite similar Termarina Rossa be confused. After DNA analysis in 2011, there is probably one Parent-offspring relationship with the variety Liatiko, The long-held assumption that Korinthiaki is a coreless one mutation about Liatiko was refuted.

The seedless Berries have an intensely sweet taste. The vine is mainly used for the production of currants (small-berry, flavorful raisins ) and as table grape, but also used for wine. There are larger areas in Australia (1,200 ha), Greece (44,000 ha), California (1,000 ha) and in the Turkey (6,000 ha). Only a very small proportion of it is used (if at all) for wine production. In 2010, 54 hectares of vines were planted, of which 4 in Chile and 50 in Italy (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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