Mavrodaphne (mavro-DAPHNE)

Also spelled mavrodaphni, the name means “black laurel.” Probably native to Cephalonia (Kefalonia in Greek), one of the Ionian islands of western Greece or the Peloponnese peninsula. The leading grape in the famous Greek wines mavrodaphne de Patras and mavrodaphne de Kefalonia, long-aged, sweet fortified red wine (tawny by the time it is released) made in Patras on the Peloponnese peninsula and Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands in western Greece.

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