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The white grape variety comes from Cyprus, Synonyms are Aspro, Aspro Kyprou, Cipro Bianco, Halili, Halili Blanc, Hebron, Hebron Blanc, Hebron White, Hibron Blanc, Khalili, Koumantaria, Lefko Kyprou, Topiko Aspro, White Xynisteri, Xinisteri, Xynistera, Xynisteri Aspro Kyprou. Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Aspro or Savatiano (Aspro) be confused. The parentage is unknown. After the French ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019) is said to be with the Israeli variety Zitania be identical, which would also explain the Hebron synonyms.

Xynisteri - grape and leaf

The variety was mentioned in 1893 by the French ampelographer Pierre Mouillefert as the best and most widespread variety in Cyprus. The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to real ones mildew but resistant to Botrytis, It produces aromatic white wines with a moderate alcohol content and citrus notes. Mostly with international varieties like Chardonnay. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc blended. It is also for the famous sweet wine Commandaria authorized. In 2010, it occupied a total of 2,227 hectares of vineyards in Cyprus, making it the most common white variety on the island (Kym Anderson ).

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