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The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Avgoustella, Aygoustiates and Avgoustiatis Noir. The "August" in the name refers to early ripening. Although there are similar synonyms with the light berry variety Goustolidi, there is no relation to it. However, there is a possible relationship to the variety Mavrodaphne. The medium-ripening variety is susceptible to downy mildew and moderately susceptible to powdery mildew. It produces acidic red wines with mild tannins. The variety is grown in the Ionian Islands(Corfu), where it is the second most common red wine variety, as well as in the Peloponnese and the Cyclades. The area under cultivation in 2008 was 108 hectares

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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