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Maratheftiko

The red grape variety originates from Cyprus. Synonyms are Aloupostaphylo, Bambakada, Bambakina, Maratheftico, Marathefticon, Maratheftikon, Marathophiko, Mavrospourtiko, Pambakada, Pambakina, Pampakia, Vambakadha, Vambakina, Vamvacada 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, there is a close relationship to the Aspro X variety. The late-maturing vine is susceptible to powdery mildew but resistant to other diseases. It is an all-female grape variety, which is why in the past it was often grown alternately in rows mixed with the two varieties Mavro and Spourtiko to improve pollination. Only recently have single-variety areas been planted. A characteristic of the Resborte is that many shoots fall off after flowering and grow back later. This results in grapes with varying degrees of ripeness. The vine produces colourful red wines with ageing potential if matured properly, which are mainly used as blends. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 152 hectares; no stock was reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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