The red grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Mavro de Messenicolas, Mavro de Messenikolas, Mavro of Messenikola and Messenikola Mavro. It is said that during the Ottoman rule it was brought by a Monsieur Nicola from France, from which the name of the grape variety and a municipality is derived. According to DNA analysis however, there is a relationship to the variety Xinomavro, which confirms a Greek origin. The parentage is unknown. The late-ripening vine is prone to the wrong people mildew and Botrytis, It produces rather light-colored red wines. The variety is grown in the province of Karditsa Thessaly grown where they are in the area fair Nikola Main component of the POP red wine is. In 2010, however, no stock was shown (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012