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The red grape variety (also Lemniona) originates from Greece. It must not be confused with the variety Limnio (with synonym Limniona), from which it is genetically different according to DNA analyses. However, the parentage is unknown. The late-ripening vine produces colourful, spicy red wines with gentle tannins and ageing potential. The variety, which is threatened with extinction, has been reactivated. It is cultivated in the regions of Thessaly, Macedonia ( Amynteo appellation) and Peloponnese. There, it is mostly used in blends, for example with the varieties Xinomavro and Syrah. No stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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