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Kouloura

Greek name (engl. "Kringel", also Koulouri or Klada) for a special cultivation system of vines, which is practiced on the two Aegean Cyclades islands Paros and Santorini. These are the autochthonous varieties Aïdani Aspro, Athiri Aspro and Assyrtiko. After pruning in spring, the canes are twisted in a circle; the shape of the bushy vines is reminiscent of baskets, wreaths or large birds' nests. The outward growing leaves protect the inner grapes against the eternal strong wind. Especially the summerly Meltemi from the north with fine sand grains is feared. In addition, the baskets, which often sit in hollows, collect the water from the rainfall, which is very rare, especially in summer. See to the complex of topics complete lists of relevant terms under the keywords training (systems) and vineyard care (activities).

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