Athiri

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Athiri
Grape (Vitis)
Asirtiko Athiri from Santorini.JPG
Wine blend of Athiri and Assyrtiko
Color of berry skin Blanc
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called see list of synonyms
Origin Greece
Notable regions Rhodes
Notable wines Retsina

Athiri (Greek: Αθήρι) or Athiri Aspro is a white Greek wine grape used to make Retsina on the island of Rhodes.

The grape is noted for its lemon character and in other parts of Greece it is often blended with Assyrtiko.[1] In other areas it is blended with Vilana and Ladikino.

Its close association with Rhodes has developed in the use of "Rhodes" as a synonym for the grape that can be appear on Greek wine labels.[2]

Synonyms[edit]

Athiri is also known under the synonyms Asprathiri, Asprathiro, Athiri Aspro, Athiri Lefko, and Athiri Leyko.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition, p. 38 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6.
  2. ^ J. Robinson Vines, Grapes & Wines, p. 262 Mitchell Beazley 1986 ISBN 1-85732-999-6.
  3. ^ Athiri Aspro, Vitis International Variety Catalogue, accessed 2010-11-24