The red grape variety comes from Greece. Synonyms are Asswad Karech, Assouad Karech, Kseriki, Seriki, Syrike, Xerichi, Xerichi Mavro and Xeromacherouda (but it should not be confused with this independent variety). The origin (parentage) of the vine is unknown. It is used as a wine press and table grape. The variety is cultivated in the south and west of the mainland, as well as in the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands(Corfu), Crete and the Cyclades. It is often blended with other autochthonous varieties such as Fokiano and Koriostafylo. However, no stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012