The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Kasteliotiko, Mavros Arkadias, Skylopnichtis Kokkino, Skylopnichtra and Skylopnihti. It possibly originates from the Ionian island of Zakynthos or the Peloponnese. According to the French ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019), it is not a colour mutation of the white-berry variety Skylopnichtis Lefkos. It is an all-female variety. The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis and downy mildew. It is cultivated on Zakynthos and used as a blending partner. However, no stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012