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The white grape variety originates from Greece. Synonyms are Malagouzia, Malagoussia, Malagousia Blanc, Malagoyzia, Malaouzia, Melaouzia, Malaoyzia and Melaoyzia. The ancestry (parentage) is unknown. It probably comes from the area around the port town of Nafpakos in the west of the mainland. The almost extinct vine was rediscovered by Professor Vassilis Logothetis in the mid-1970s and is gaining in importance. The early-maturing vine is susceptible to botrytis and downy mildew, but resistant to drought. It produces full-bodied, fragrant white wines with peach and apricot aromas and a light muscat tone. The variety is mainly grown in the regions of Attica, Macedonia (in the Côtes de Meliton area), Peloponnese and Thrace, as well as on the island of Paros. In 2016, a total of 126 hectares of vines were reported in Greece, with a decreasing trend (Kym Anderson statistics).

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