The white grape variety comes from Greece, Synonyms are Aspro, Dobraina Aspri, Dombraina Aspri, Doubraina Aspri, Doumpraina Lefki, Doumprena Aspri, Kountoura Aspri, Perachoritico, Perahoritiko, Sabbathiano, Sabbatiano, Sakeiko, Savathiano, Savvatiano, Savvatiano Perachorianoooprumiano, Stumo In spite of apparently indicative synonyms, it may not be of the variety Xynisteri be confused. It is also none mutation of the red variety Mandilaria (with synonym Kountoura Mavri). According to in 2013 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Roditis x Karystino, However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ).
The very late ripening and productive vine is resistant to both mildews and especially drought, which is why it is suitable for hot, dry climates. It produces simple, low-acid, neutral bulk wines. The variety is in the regions Central Greece With Attica. Macedonia and Peloponnese, the Cyclades and up Kefallonia widespread. Savatiano is the main variety for the resinated Retsina, It often also serves as a blend partner of the more acidic varieties Assyrtiko and Roditis for simple branded wines. With a total vineyard area of 9,920 hectares in 2010, it is by far the most common grape variety in Greece. Compared to 1990 with 20,396 hectares at the time, there was an extreme reduction of more than half in 20 years. It thus demonstrated in the worldwide varieties ranking rank 70.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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