The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Goumenissas Mavro, Mavro Goumenissas, Neghotska, Negkoska, Negoska Popolka, Negotska and Popolka Naoussis. The name may be derived from the Macedonian area/city of Naoussa, where exactly it is supposed to come from. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2007, the long suspected close relationship with the variety Xinomavro has not been confirmed. The parentage or parenthood is unknown. The late ripening, high-yielding vine is generally well resistant to various vine diseases. It produces a fruity, alcohol-rich but rather low-acid red wine and is also used as a table grape. The variety is mainly cultivated in the region of Macedonia, where it is often blended with the Xinomavro variety. It is approved there in the OPAP red wine Goumenissa. In 2010, a total of 143 hectares of vineyards were designated in Greece.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012