The white grape variety comes from Greece, possibly from the island of Santorini. Synonyms are Adani, Aedano Leyko, Aïdani Blanc, Aïdani Lefko, Aspaedano, Aspraïdano and Moschïdano. It is believed that the variety was used (among many others) to produce the famous Malvasia wines, which were shipped or exported from the historic Greek port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century. There is no genetic evidence for a presumed Turkish descent. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2007, the red variety Aïdani Mavro is not, as long suspected, an independent variety, but a colour mutation of Aïdani Aspro (or vice versa).
The late ripening vine is susceptible to downy and powdery mildew, but resistant to drought. It produces a white wine with low acidity and alcohol content and aromas of tropical fruits. The variety is grown in the Cyclades, where it is used as a blending partner of Assyrtiko and Athiri Aspro in the white wines of Paros and Santorini. Here, the vines are planted with their roots and cultivated in the traditional Kouloura way. Here the shoots are woven in a circle in the shape of a nest to protect the fruit from the wind. In 2010, however, no stock was reported (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012