The red grape variety originates from Crete or the Cyclades(Greece). Synoyms are Corfiatico, Corfiatis, Korfiatiko, Korfiatis, Korphiates, Korphiatiko, Korphiatis, Kotrifali, Kotsiphali and Kotzifali. In the Greek vine database, the variety Korphiatiko (Korfiatis) is described as identical. However, according to the geneticist Dr José Vouillamoz, the two varieties are ampelographically different. It is a parent variety of Kotsifoliatiko. The early to medium ripening vine is resistant to both powdery mildew and botrytis. It produces light red, high alcohol, but rather low acid red wines with aromas of herbs and strawberries, which are mainly used as a blend with the more tannic and colourful variety Mandilaria. The variety is mainly grown on Crete and also on some Aegean islands. In 2016, 1,338 hectares of vines were reported, with a strong downward trend (Kym Anderson statistics).
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