Red grape variety, also known as Vamvakada in some regions of Cyprus. Disposes medium sized, compact clusters and small to medium-sized berries. Maratheftiko is not able to pollinate by its own, like the vast majority of the grape varieties, something that affects its productivity. A solution to this problem can be given by planting it with another variety that flowers at the same period like the white native variety of Spourtiko. Despite this problem, Maratheftiko  is considered as the best red variety of Cyprus and can compete with any of the nobler imported varieties. Presents great capacity of maturation in oak barrels and further aging in the bottle. Its  grapes if allowed to mature in the appropriate pedoclimatic conditions, like these of the Vouni Panayia area can give rich wines with soft tannins and aromas of cherries and black chocolate.