The white grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Debina Metsovou, Debina Palea, Dempina, Ntempina and Zitsa. It should not be confused with the two Albanian varieties Debina Kala and Debina Teki (although they may be related) or (because of similar synonyms) Tsitska. The wine made from it was praised by the British poet George Gordon Byron alias "Lord Byron" (1788-1824), who took part in the Greek struggle for freedom. The late ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis and sensitive to drought. It produces sparkling, acidic white wines with a typical apple aroma, which are well suited for the production of sparkling wine. The variety is mainly cultivated in the regions of Epirus in the appellation Zitsa, in the Peloponnese and in Thessaly. The total area under cultivation in 2010 was 239 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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