The white grape 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. It may despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Aspro or Savatiano (Aspro) be confused. The descent (parenthood) is unknown. After the French Ampelographen Pierre Galet (* 1921) she should with the Israeli variety Zitania be identical, which would also explain the Hebron synonyms.
The variety was mentioned in 1893 by the French ampelographer Pierre Mouillefert as the best and most widespread variety of Cyprus. The medium to late ripening vine is prone to real mildew, but resistant to Botrytis, It produces aromatic white wines with moderate alcohol content and citrus notes. Mostly they use 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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