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Mavrodaphne

Also known as: Mavrodafnitsa, Mavrodrami, Thiniatiko.

Red variety grown in the prefectures of Achaia, Ileia, Cephallinia, Lefkada and sporadically in the prefectures of Corfu, Arcadia, Halkidiki and Magnesia, spanning a total area of approximately 650 hectares.

It ripens in early to mid September and when properly cultivated in suitable soil and climatic conditions it yields dry red wines with good colour and a distinctive aroma that can benefit from ageing and are usually blended with wines made from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Agiorgitiko and Refosco varieties.

The Mavrodaphne produces exceptional high-alcohol, sweet Vins de Liqueur that are barrel aged (some undergo lengthy ageing according to the Solera system) and are known for their complex bouquet of dried fruit and rich palate with a long finish.

This variety is used on its own or is blended with the Mavri Corinthiaki variety (up to 49%) to produce the sweet V.L.Q.P.R.D. `Mavrodaphne of Patras` and `Mavrodaphne of Cephallonia`, and is also used in making certain Vin de Pays (Letrinon, Plagies Ainou [Côtes de Ainos], Plagies Petrotou [Côtes de Petroto], Metaxaton).

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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