Mavrodaphne, which is Greek for “black laurel”, is a dark-skinned wine grape variety from the Greek Peloponnese. It is used most often in the production of sweet, fortified wines, such as those from the coastal town of Patras.
In the past, Mavrodaphne was generally blended with other, higher-yielding varieties of inferior quality – most often Black Corinthiaki. Happily, a more quality-focused approach to winemaking is now being adopted in various parts of Greece, allowing oak-aged Mavrodaphne to exhibit its trademark exotic aromas of marzipan, caramelized dark fruits and spices.
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