This Greek pink-skinned white grape was once widespread in Greece. It is often blended with Savatiano to make Patras, which is also the name of the capital city of western Greece. It was this Patras wine that Julius Caesar supposedly used to win the affections of Cleopatra. The 19th century phylloxera outbreak had a devastating effect on Roditis, which was generally replaced with crops that were more resistant to phylloxera and powdery mildew.
Roditis can be used to create light white wines with notes of citrus, almonds and minerals. The wines can be light to medium bodied, and retain acidity in the hot climate. The name Roditis comes from the Greek rodon, or rose.