Hellenic Varietal Glossary

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Aidani

An easy-drinking wine with playful aromatics. Medium bodied with balanced acidity, most often found in the Cyclades Islands.

Assyrtiko

The famous variety best known from the majestic island of Santorini!  Profile ranges from minerality and high acidity to more mild and fruity.

Athiri

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Widely planted across Greece, gentle aromatics with medium body and moderate acidity, making it an easy-drinking delight!

Debina

A mineral-driven, rare varietal found exclusively in the remote region of Epirus, in western Greece. Capable of both dry and off dry wines, and makes an alluring sparkling that rivals Champagne!

Kidonista

A rare variety producing easy-drinking dry wines with balanced acidity. Ripe quince is commonly found on the nose.

Lagorthi

Noted for its bouquet, bursting with bright citrus flavors, melon, mineral, peach and herbs.  Fresh acidity and a medium body make it very versatile with food pairings. Most commonly found in the northern Peloponnese.

Malagousia

Elegant, full-bodied, rare, and one of a kind! Brilliant and enticing nose of jasmine intermingled with mint, citrus.

Muscat

Noblest variety with the greatest concentration and noble rot of fine grape, flavour, hinting with orange-flowers and spice.

Robola

Widely planted in Kefalonia, low to medium in acidity and alcohol, soft aroma yet well rounded.

Roditis

Most widely planted in the Peloponnese, good acidity and alcohol with a very soft, floral aroma.

Savatianno

Most widely misunderstood varietal with soft aroma and low acidity and alcohol.

Vilana

Known varietal in Crete, medium body, soft nose, good alcohol.

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Agiorgitiko

Light in style and acidity, fruity aromas of berries and cassis

Becari

Herbaceous, soft body and soul.

Vlahico

A rare variety from Epirus in Northern Greece, delicious jammy flavours of ripe berry.

Kotsifali

Aegean varietal, spicy soft aroma, best blended with Mandilaria

Krasato

High alcohol, medium acidity, soft aroma, widely planted in the foothills of Mt. Olympus

Limnio

Known from the island of Limnos and Halkidiki, dark full body grape with high acidity and body.

Mandilaria

Aegean varietal, high alcohol and acidity, light aromas

Mavrodaphne

Peloponnese is its main home.  Low tannin, high alcohol, medium acidity and very aromatic. Lends itself best for sweet wine production

Mavroudi

A little-known variety form the most far eastern vineyards in Greece, in the region of Maronia. Subtle notes of fine spice and a touch of vanilla.

Moschofilero

Moschofilero originates from the high elevation AOC region of Mantinia in the central Peloponnese, which has a history of vine cultivation dating back 7,000 years. The vineyards of Mantinia are cultivated at an altitude of 600 meters on Mount Mainalo.

Moschomavro

A varietal growing in popularity from Northern Greece. While young, it makes the perfect summer red and can be served slightly chilled, yet as it ages it develops the complexity and layers of the Pinot Noir grape. Fruit forward and delicous.

Vertzami

High tannins, big and bold. One of Greece’s hidden gems.

Xinomavro

Widely planted in Northern Greece, great acidity, alcohol and very aromatic. The main grape of Naousa.