The white grape variety originates from Greece. Synonyms are Asprathiri, Asprathiro, Asprothiri, Asprothiro, Athiri, Athiri Lefko, Athiri Leyko and Athyri. The name recalls its possible origin from the archipelago of Santorini with the main island of Thira. It is believed that the variety (among many others) was used to produce the famous Malvasia wines that were shipped from the historic Greek port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century. DNA analyses carried out in 2007 disproved the assumption that it was identical to the Thrapsathiri variety, but the parentage (parentage) is unknown. The red variety Athiri Mavro is a colour mutation (or vice versa).