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Grape (Vitis)
Xynisteri 1.jpg
Origin Cyprus
Notable regions Troodos mountain range
Notable wines Commandaria, Xynisteri

Xynisteri (also spelled xinisteri; Greek: ξυνιστέρι) is an indigenous[1] white grape[2] grown on Cyprus.

According to some estimates, 33% of Cypriot vineyards,[3] on the south slopes of the Troodos mountain range are planted with this grape variety, a fact that makes Xynisteri the main white grape grown of Cyprus.[4][5]

Its clusters and berries are of medium size while it is known for its durability against wine diseases.[5] It is used in the production of several local (mainly white) wines. Xynisteri is blended with Mavro grapes for the production of the Commandaria,[1] a wellknown Cypriot dessert wine and it is also used for the production of the local spirit Zivania.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Vitis International Variety Catalogue". 
  2. ^ Lazarou, Stalo. "Ξυνιστέρι". foodmuseum.cs.ucy.ac.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Evoinos Cypriot wine production,"Cypriot Wine Wine". 
  4. ^ "Xynisteri Wine". wine-searcher.com. Wine-searcher. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Xynisteri". vounipanayiawinery.com. Vouni Panaya Winery. Retrieved 14 February 2018.