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The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Mavromoschato, Moschato Mavro, Moschogaltso, Muscat Mavro and Xinogaltso. It must not be confused with the Muscat d'Hamburg variety due to morphological similarities. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2001, it is a descendant of Muscat Blanc, the second parent is unknown. The late ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis and grape rot, but resistant to drought. It produces aromatic, alcohol-rich red wines. In 2010, 1,428 hectares of vineyards were designated in Greece (mainly Macedonia) (Kym Anderson).

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