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The red grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Loïssima (Crete), Romeïco, Romeiko Mavro and Tsardana. It must not be with the variety Romeiko Machaira be confused. The name is probably derived from the Turkish name "Romeios" for the Greeks ("Romans" as a former people of the Byzantine Empire). According to in 2013 DNA analysis it comes from a probably natural cross between Ladikino x Lagorthi ( Verdeca ). However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ). The late ripening vine is sensitive to heat or drought, It produces red wines rich in alcohol, which are used for oxidation tend. The variety is mainly found in Crete. But it is also on some islands in the Aegean encountered. In 2010, 1,597 hectares were designated (cym Anderson ).

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

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