The white grape 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, Roidites, Roiditis , Roïdo, Roigditis, Sourviotes, Sourviotis and Thilikos Rhoditis. According to the year 2001 DNA analysis she is not related to the varieties Roditis Lefkos or Tourkopoula (synonym Roditis Kokkinos). After an unverifiable, rather unlikely hypothesis, she or an ancestor was allegedly mentioned as early as the 1st century by Philip of Thessaloniki in his work "Greek Anthology" under the name Rodea Stafyli.
In any case, the variety is very old and there are some game types (Clones), which differ slightly in the berry colors from orange to dark red, in size and in terms of yield. The most common variety is those with reddish berries. The late-maturing, high-yielding variety is particularly susceptible to the real mildew and virus, but resistant to drought, At best, it produces acidic white wines with aromas of citrus fruits, melons, apples and almonds with a correspondingly low yield and / or expansion. Wines with a rather neutral taste, however, are often used for Retsina in the blend with the variety Savatiano used. The variety is on the mainland and on Peloponnese widespread. All varieties together occupied in 2010 a total of 8,495 hectares of vineyards. Roditis thus proves in the world varieties ranking the rank 79.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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