The white grape comes from Greece, Synonyms are Artemisi, Artemissi, Klossaria, Monembasia, Monemvasia, Monembasitiko, Monemvassiatiko, Monemvassitiko, Monobasia, Monovassia and Parghino.It is one of the many mostly unrelated varieties with name part Malvasia (look there). It is believed that the variety (among many others as well) was used for the production of the famous Malvasia wines, which dates back to the 13th century from the historic Greek port Monemvasia (Laconia) were shipped from or exported. The descent of the variety is unknown; in 2000 DNA analysis does not exist with any of the many others Malvasia varieties a relationship.
The early-ripening, high-yielding vine is resilient to many vine diseases and drought, It produces alcoholic and full-bodied, but low-acid white wines with spicy aromas and is also called table grape used. The variety is mainly on the Cyclades and there especially on the island Paros cultivated, where it is pressed from the same OPAP white wine. There are also other collections on others Aegean islands, on the island of Euboea and on the southern tip of Peloponnese (Lakonien). In 2010, a total of 481 hectares of vineyards were recorded in Greece (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012