The white grape variety originates from Greece. The name is derived from the island of Rhodes (not from the reddish berries). Synonyms are Alepou, Alepou Roditis, Arilogos Roditis, Arsenikos Roditis, Kanellato, Kritsanisti, Lisitsines, Litsitsines, Rhodites, Rhoditi, Rhoditis, Rodea Stafyli, Rodites, Roditi, Roditis Alepou, Roditis Kanellatos, Roditis Rosé, Rodomoussi, Rogdites, Rogditis, Roidites, Roiditis, Roïdo, Roigditis, Sourviotes, Sourviotis and Thilikos Rhoditis. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2001, it is not related to the varieties Roditis Lefkos or Tourkopoula (with synonym Roditis Kokkinos). According to a hypothesis that can no longer be verified and is rather unlikely, it or an ancestor was allegedly mentioned as early as the 1st century by Philip of Thessaloniki in his work "Greek Anthology" under the name Rodea Stafyli.
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