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Thrapsathiri (Greek : Θραψαθήρι) is a white Greek wine grape variety that abounds in Crete. [1] The grape is highly resistant to drought, ripens late and produces very aromatic wines with soft acidity. [2] In the past, trapsathiri used to be blended with vilana, but nowadays it is increasingly vinified on its own.

Greek language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

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Crete The largest and most populous of the Greek islands

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, one of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece. The capital and the largest city is Heraklion. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065.

Thrapsathiri used to be considered a clone of athiri. [3] However, DNA analysis has suggested that it is a distinct variety with links to vidiano. [4] It has also been suggested that thrapsathiri is identical to begleri of Cyclades. [4]


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

Vidiano is a white Greek wine grape variety indigenous to Crete, considered as an emerging star of the island's wines. It is a high-quality wine with moderate acidity, and complex aromas reminiscent of peach, apricot, melon honey and herbs. The grape is difficult to cultivate and is grown in small scale, primarily in Rethymno and secondarily around Heraklion. It thrives in modest fertility, dry, calcareous and well-drained soils. The berries rippen early and have thick skin. Vidiano is moderately resistant to downy mildew and sensitive to powdery mildew. It is genetically close to thrapsathiri and vilana.

Cyclades Former prefecture in South Aegean, Greece

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  1. Thrapsathiri, Vitis International Variety Catalogue, accessed 2018-11-20
  2. Konstantinos Lazarakis, The Wines of Greece, Octopus Publishing Group, ISBN   1840008970, 2005.
  3. Βασίλειος Λογοθέτης και Μάρκος Βλάχος, Η εξέλιξις της αμπέλου και της αμπελουργίας εις την Ελλάδα κατά τα αρχαιολογικά ευρήματα της περιοχής, Θεσσαλονίκη, 1972.
  4. 1 2 Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, Ecco (Harper Collins), New York, 2012, ISBN   978-0062206367