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