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Ofthalmo

The grape variety with red berries comes from Cyprus, The name means "ox eye" due to the berry shape. Synonyms are Oftalmo, Ophtalmon, Optalmo, Pephtalmo and Pophtalmo. According to 2005 DNA analysis it is closely related to the also Cypriot variety Spourtiko, The medium to late-ripening, high-yielding vine produces aromatic, low-acid wines with a light red color. These are mostly with the local varieties Maratheftiko and Mavro, or too Cabernet Sauvignon blended. The variety is also called table grape used. It is grown in the west of Cyprus. In 2010, the acreage was 141 hectares.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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