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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 in 2005 DNA analysis it is closely related to the Cypriot variety Spourtiko, The medium to late ripening, productive vine produces aromatic, low acid wines with a light red color. These are mostly made with the local varieties Maratheftiko and Mavro, or also Cabernet Sauvignon blended. The variety is also called table grape used. It is grown in western 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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