Mandilaria variety is cultivated in Crete, Cyclades, Evia, Viotia, Thessaly and Macedonia. It produces large and spherical fruit, dark blue - black in colour, with thick skins and it is high in pigments, while its flesh is soft and juicy. It is often blended with other varieties to enhance the colour of the wine. Wines from Mandilaria tend to be deep coloured high in acid and tannins with black fruits aromas with earthy and herbaceous notes. It is one of the most important and widespread Greek varieties.