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

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

According to some estimates, 13% of Cypriot vineyards,[3] or 500 hectares (1250 acres)[4] 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.[5][6]

Its clusters and berries are of medium size while it is known for its durability against wine diseases.[6] 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.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mastropavlos, Nikos. "Οι δρόμοι του κρασιού στη Μεγαλόνησο". tovima.gr (in Greek). To Vima. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Lazarou, Stalo. "Ξυνιστέριν". foodmuseum.cs.ucy.ac.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Foulkes, Christopher. Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine, p. 454, ISBN 0-600-60475-6.
  4. ^ Robinson, Jancis. Vines, Grapes & Wines: The Wine Drinker's Guide to Grape Varieties, p. 262, ISBN 1-85732-999-6.
  5. ^ "Xynisteri Wine". wine-searcher.com. Wine-searcher. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Xynisteri". vounipanayiawinery.com. Vouni Panaya Winery. Retrieved 24 November 2015.