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Aedani grapes

by | Dec 7, 2017

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Aedani is a white variety recognized as minor yet aromatic grown in the beautiful island of Santorini. This grape variety is also spelled as Aidani or Aidani Aspro.

Aedani grapes

Aspro means white which comes from the Cyclades islands in Greece and where it is cultivated.

Some suggested that Aidani originated in the city of Adana in the southeastern part of Turkey, but there is still no evidence to prove this hypothesis.

Aedani is known under several synonyms in the Mediterranean including Aidani Aspro, Aedano, Aidano, Aspedano, Aspraidano, Asproaidani, Leyko, Lefko, Lafko Aidani and Lefko Ithani.

Wines with Aedani grapes


In recent genetic studies, it is suggested that the Aidani Mavro is not a different variety but a simple color mutation of Aidani Aspro.

The dark-skinned variation is referred to as several synonyms such as Aedano Mavro, Aidani Noir, Aidano Mavro, Ithani Mavro, Mavraidano, Mayraedano and Santorin.

Characteristics of Aedani

The Aedani vines produce large bunches of thick-skinned berries which are high yielding, late budding and ripening.

The vines are susceptible to powdery and downy mildews but known to be resistant in dry weather.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Aedani Wines

Aedani wines are notable for their floral aromas used exclusively in making wines as a blending ally with Athiri grapes to create dry wines.

Food Pairings

The sweet and dry wines produced from Aedani grapes can be paired well with Greek delicacies.

Also, fried zucchini, Vietnamese noodle salad with cilantro and chili are great foods to get along with Aedani wines.

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