The white grape variety comes from Greece, The name is probably from the island Rhodes derived (and not from the reddish berries). Synonyms are Alepou Roditis, Arilogos Roditis, Arsenikos Roditis, Kanellato, Kritsanisti, Lisitsines, Litsitsines, Rhodites, Rhoditi, Rhoditis, Rodea Stafyli, Rodites, Roditi, Roditis Alepou, Roditis Kanellatos, Roditis Rosé, Rodomoussi, Rogdites, Rogditis, Roiditis, Roiditis , Roïdo, Roigditis, Sourviotes, Sourviotis and Thilikos Rhoditis. According to in 2001 DNA analysis it is not related to the varieties Roditis Lefkos or Tourkopoula (with the synonym Roditis Kokkinos). According to a no longer verifiable, rather unlikely hypothesis, she or an ancestor was allegedly mentioned by Philip of Thessaloniki in his work “Greek Anthology” under the name Rodea Stafyli as early as the 1st century.
In any case, the variety is very old and there are some game types (Clones), which differ in berry colors from orange to dark red, in size and in terms of yield. The most common variety is the one with reddish berries. The late-ripening, high-yielding variety is particularly susceptible to the real mildew and virus but resistant to drought, With a correspondingly low yield or expansion, it produces at best acidic white wines with aromas of citrus fruits, melons, apples and almonds. Wines with a more neutral taste, however, are often used for Retsina blended with the variety Savatiano used. The variety is on the mainland and on Peloponnese widespread. All varieties together occupied 8,495 hectares of vineyards in 2010. Roditis thus proves worldwide varieties ranking rank 79.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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