Grew up on the island of Zakynthos but emigrated to the Western Peloponnese. Lovable, soft, elegant, moderately coloured wines with aromas of red fruit, pepper and chocolate. Soft tannins, medium-bodied with crispy acidity. Ages nicely and blends well with Mavrodaphne.
A white variety that comes from the area of Zitsa in Epirus. Very shy aromas of green apple, pear, and peach, usually give wines that are super fresh, lean and low in alcohol with a lemony aftertaste. Made as a dry wine, but also as semi-sparkling and sparkling.
A variety grown on the Cyclades, mainly on Paros, Evia, the Southern Peloponnese and even Northern Greece. Makes wines with moderate aromatics of lemon blossom, peach, and spice. It produces medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol and low to medium acidity.
A variety that is grown on the islands of Lefkada and Corfu, but also the Western Peloponnese. It makes wines that are very deep in colour, high in alcohol, high in tannin with good acidity and aromas of eucalyptus, cedar, and dark fruit. They demand extensive aging. If Vertzami was an athlete it would be a boxer.
A variety that is grown around Ioannina in Epirus. Makes wines that are not intensely coloured, with good acidity, fine tannins, medium alcohol and medium body. Its aromas are intensely peppery with hints of blackcurrant and blueberries. Often blended with other local varieties like Bekiari and Debina.
Also found as Goustolidi. Genetically close to Robola, mostly found in the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia. Α promising white variety that in the past produced oxidised wines at large but is currently redefined with focus, tension and tannic grip. Characterised by aromas of oranges and tropical fruit.
A variety that was probably born in Zakynthos but is making a career on the island of Cephalonia and the Western Peloponnese. It makes wines which are not intensely aromatic, fat, have moderate to high acidity, moderate to high alcohol and aromas of lemon, quince, apricot, and some floral notes.
Maratheftiko is the 'rebel' of the Cypriot vineyard, a capricious variety facing difficulties to self-pollinate. Delivers typically aromas of red fruits and flowers (roses and violets) being high in tannins and age-worthy. More contemporary examples focus on primary aromas and finesse.
Mavro is the most planted variety of the Cypriot vineyard, a variety currently redefined by two elements; the abundance of its old vines and the pale coloured elegant wines it can produce. Can give typically interesting wines, reds or roses full of red fruit and silky texture.
An upcoming white Cypriot variety that seems to have a bright future although (for the moment) only a handful of producers produce a single varietal wine. The definition of balance with equal doses of ripeness and elegance. Can it be the Malagousia of Cyprus?
A new darling of the Cypriot vineyard, Promara is an early ripening variety capable of producing opulent and layered wines full of richness and complexity. Can work well with oak and cellaring can reveal more aromatic nuances.
Spourtiko is the fragile and delicate white variety of Cyprus. Hard to achieve a ripeness of more than 12% abv it is prone to oxidation with unmistakeably aromas of citrus or stone fruit along with herbal and mineral scents. Typically brigh in acidity I call it 'The French Lady' (galidoula).