The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Athiri Noir, Mavratheri, Mavrathero, Mavrathira, Mavrathiri, Mavrathiro and Mavvathero. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, the purple-coloured "Theraios Oinos" mentioned by the physician Galen (129-216) is said to have been pressed from it. It is assumed that the variety was used (among many others) for the production of the famous Malvasia wines, which were shipped or exported from the historic Greek port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century. The vine is mainly used as a blend for Mandilaria. It is cultivated on a small scale on some Cyclades islands such as Santorini. In 2010, however, no more stocks were reported (in 2000 there were still 40 hectares). The white variety Athiri Aspro is a colour mutation (or vice versa).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012