In this country, this grape variety is recognized as a very popular variety of grape and it is valued very high, both among the growers as well as consumers.
This grape variety takes a lot of time in ripening and therefore it maintains its acidity throughout the process of fermentation.
This grape variety is mostly found in the former colony of Greece called Anchialos which has today become the Bulgarian city of Pomorie in Volos.
At the same time, this grape variety also marks its plantation as well as cultivation in the regions of Thessaly and Peloponnese, where it is passionately grown by all the local growers.
This grape variety is considered as the principle grape variety in Patras where it is carried out as to the production of delicately perfumed wines that are named after the city only.
The vines of this white wine grape variety are considered as high yielding and they retain all the expected levels of acidity in the hot climates.
Also, these wines are very much susceptible to phylloxera and powdery mildew and this is the reason why the plantings of this grape variety have become less in the 20th century if compared with before.
Today, the grapes of this white wine grape variety are mainly blended with Savatiano and together they produce the famous Greek wine called Savatiano which is consumed by the locals at large.
This grape variety is considered as the most planted variety of grape in all the regions of Greece.
At the same time, the versatile nature of this grape variety has made it the base of a number of modest, less modest as well as everyday regular white wines.
Thus, this may be the reason as to why this variety of grape is often considered as humble by a number of wine experts.
This grape variety is generally referred to as a red wine grape variety, but as a matter of fact, it could neither be considered as a red nor a white wine grape variety.
Because of its excellent nature and properties, this grape variety has been termed as the best value for money’ grape variety for the vineyards of Greece.
Despite of its excellent properties and massive popularity at the local levels, this grape variety is not very much known to the global wine-lovers.
It therefore remains among the list of the least-explored variety of Greek vines.
Those who are very passionate about knowing the wines and the grapes are certainly acquainted with the brilliant grape variety; however, this grape certainly deserves much more popularity than it has today. This grape variety is also known under a synonym of Roditis.
This grape variety is neither completely white nor entirely red as to it appearance; on the contrary, it adorns pinkish looks that make these grapes look very beautiful.
It is considered as one of the most abundant grape varieties found in the regions of Greece and is very versatile as to its nature.
Because of its versatility, these vines of this grape variety are used both as to the production and preparation of blends as well as varietal wines.
It is arguably considered as the most popular grape variety in the reinstated wine called Retsina along with another widely-planted grape variety called Savatiano.
The quality of the wines prepared out of this grape variety strongly depends on the region where this grape grows.
Mostly, the wines prepared out of this grape variety are considered as full-bodied and a little complex.
These wines comprise the flavors that are similar to honey, apple as well as pear. This grape variety is a permitted grape variety in a number of appellations and in these appellations this grape variety is used both as a blend as well as a varietal wine.
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