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Amorghiano grapes

by | Dec 27, 2017

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Amorghiano is also known as Mandilaria, a black-skinned grape variety mostly grown in the islands of Greece.

Amorghiano grapes

Specifically, Amorghiano is mainly cultivated in the islands of Rhodes and Crete in the Aegean Sea as well as in the mainland and other Greek islands.

Wines with Amorghiano grapes


Amorghiano originated from the islands of the eastern Aegean and the name acquired from the Greek mandili, which means “handkerchief” and until now the reason is completely unclear.

Savatiano is sometimes known as Kountoura Aspri (aspri means white) while Mandilaria is called Kountoura Mavri (mavro means black).

According to the DNA profiles from the Greek Vitis Database, evidently Savatiano is not a color mutation of Mandilaria.

Characteristics of Amorghiano

Amorghiano is vigorous and productive. The grapes have thick skins full of polyphenols, specifically tannins that are responsible for the wines’ drying and grippy texture as well as anthocyanins, which are responsible for deep coloration.

This grape variety is resistant to dry weather but susceptible to downy mildew, sour rot and botrytis bunch rot. Also, Mandilaria is considered a late ripening variety.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Amorghiano Wines

Mandilaria traditionally produces deeply colored wines and tannic wines, but normally short of body. This is the reason why they are frequently blended with softer and alcoholic wines like Kotsifali.

Food Pairings

Wines of Amorghiano are best to be paired with Traditional Cretan meat pie with lamb, fillet mignon and Swedish-style meatballs with gravy.


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