The red grape variety comes from Greece; from islands in the east Aegean, Synonyms are Amorgiano, Amorghiano, Dombrena Mavri, Domvrena Mavri, Doubraina Mavri, Doubrena Mavri, Doumbrena Mavri, Doumpraina Mavri, Doumprena Mavri, Doympraina Mavre, Doympraina Mavro, K'ntoura Kai M'ntoura, Kontouraoutouroutourout Mavri, Koundouro, Kountoura, Kountoura Mavri, Koyntoura, Kytoura, Mandelaria, Mantilari, Mantilaria and Montoyra. The parentage is unknown. According to DNA analysis is the white variety Savatiano (Kountoura Aspri) no color mutation, which is indicated by the synonym Kountoura Mavri.
The late ripening vine is resistant to drought and drought but prone to wrong people mildew. Botrytis and bunch rot, It produces dark-colored, tannin-rich, but rather low-alcohol red wines, which is why often with the more alcohol-rich variety Kotsifali be blended. It is mainly found in the Aegean Islands Crete. Paros. Rhodes and Santorini also in some OPAP wines, as well as on the Peloponnese and in the regions Attica and Macedonia grown. It is used in single varieties for the red wine version of the Harz wine Retsina, In 2010, 885 hectares were recorded with a strongly falling trend (cym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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