Xinisteri (Xynisteri) is the prevailing white grape variety of the Cypriot vineyard. It produces excellent light-coloured white wines, with low alcohol levels and acidity, especially when it is cultivated in such regions as Laona of Akamas, Ambelitis, Vouni Panayia, Pitsillia, and certain areas of the wine regions due to the micro-climate conditions.
Its grapes do not have an intense aroma; it is therefore imperative during the winemaking process to look for a secondary source of aromas, for example by making wine from clear must or letting it ferment at low temperatures. Xynisteri wines are not suitable for extended ageing. This is the only other variety apart from Mavro that is used for making Commandaria wine.