A red variety that is well-known due to the wonderful wines it produces in the Rodanos valley and today grown in many regions worldwide.

In Greece it was first cultivated in Sithonia and in recent years is grown as a recommended variety in 16 prefectures throughout the country, in the Peloponnese, on Crete, in the Dodecannese, Macedonia, Thrace, Central Greece and Thessaly. It ripens in late August to early September.

Depending on the type of cloning, pruning, soil and region, this variety may yield very or less strong wines of medium acidity, with a vivid colour and intense flavours, that become all the more complex with ageing.

It is used in making a number of red and rosé Vins de Pays (Epanomis  [of Epanomi], Sithonias  [of Sithonia], Irakleiotikos  [of Herakleio], etc.).

[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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