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Maratheftiko

The red grape variety comes from Cyprus. Synonyms are Aloupostaphylo, Bambakada, Bambakina, Maratheftico, Marathefticon, Maratheftikon, Marathophiko, Mavrospourtiko, Pambakada, Pambakina, Pampakia, Vambakadha, Vambakina and Vamvakada. The variety was first mentioned in 1893 by the French ampelographer Pierre Mouillefert. The name probably derives from the Marathasa Valley in the Troodos Mountains. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2005, it is closely related to the variety Aspro X.

The late ripening vine is susceptible to powdery mildew, but resistant to other diseases. It is an all-female variety, which is why it used to be cultivated in rows, often alternating between the Mavro and Spourtiko varieties to improve pollination. It was only recently that pure varietal areas were also planted. A peculiarity of the resborte is that many shoots fall off after flowering and grow back later. This results in grapes of different ripeness. The vine produces colourful red wines with a potential for aging if matured appropriately, which are mainly used as blends. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 152 hectares (statistics Kym Anderson).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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