The white grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Agriostaphylo, Amasia, Amasia Blanc, Amassia, Cheimoniatiko, Chimoniatiko, Dopio, Foustani, Karatsova Naousis, Karatzovitico, Karatzovitiko, Ntopia, Opsimo, Opsimo d'Edessa, Opsimos Edessis, Opsimos Lefko, Pandiri, Pascalino, Paschalino, Pascolino, Raisin de Foustani, Raisin de Karatzova, Staphyli Edessis, Staphyli Karatzavas, Staphyli Karatzovas(Greece); Belo Zimsko, Valandovski Drenek, Zimsko Belo (Northern Macedonia). It must not be confused with the Turkish table grape Amasya, despite the fact that it appears to have synonyms or morphological similarities. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2012, it is probably a natural cross between Parmak Cerven x Achladi. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics).
The late ripening vine is susceptible to powdery mildew and botrytis. It produces white wines with low acidity and low alcohol content, which are also used for the traditional resin wine Retsina. However, the variety is mainly used as a table grape. It is cultivated in the north of Greece in Macedonia. There are also small stocks in neighbouring northern Macedonia. In 2010, however, no stocks were reported (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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