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Limnio

Also known as: Kalambaki.

A very old, indigenous variety referred to as ‘Limnia Staphyli’ (Limnia Grape), in the `Onomasticon` of Polydeuces and in those times grown mainly on Limnos island. Today it is cultivated not only on Limnos but also in Halkidiki, Evros, Rodopi, Xanthi, Kavala, Serres, Larissa and Karditsa.

The Limnio yields relatively high-alcohol wines of medium acidity and with a light, distinctive aroma (reminiscent of sage and laurel), medium colour and body.

The Limnio variety is blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties to produce the dry red V.Q.P.R.D. ` Côtes de Meliton` and is also used in making certain Vins de Pays (Agioreitikos [of Mount Athos], Makedonikos [of Macedonia], Ismarikos [of Ismaros], Thrakikos[of Thrace]) and Table wines.

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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