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Mavrodaphne

The red grape variety originates from Greece; the name means "black laurel". Synonyms are Ahmar Mechtras, Fraoula Kokkini, Mauro Daphni, Mavrodafni (second main name) Mavrodanitsa, Mavrodaphvitsa, Mavrodaphni, Mavrodrame, Mavrodrami and Thiniatiko. It should not be confused with the other numerous Mavro varieties. The parentage is unknown, but it is suspected to be related to the Goustolidi variety. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a parent of the varieties Tsaoussi and Zakynthino. The early-maturing, high-yielding vine with thin-skinned berries is susceptible to small berry and downy mildew and sensitive to drought. It produces aromatic, colourful and tannic red wines with aromas of vanilla and plums and ageing potential. Two clones are Mavrodaphne Tsigelo with smaller berries and Mavrodaphne Regnio with more compact grapes.

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