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Plyto

Indigenous to Crete seems to have conquered the hearts of producers as a promising variety that has given single varietal examples. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, peach, with herbal notes, usually make a light-bodied, medium in alcohol, mouth-watering wine. Often blended with Vidiano to add body.

Color
white
Aromas & flavors
citrus fruit - herbal - stone fruit
Wine style
Fruity - light bodied
Thrapsathiri

Grown mainly on the island of Crete makes vivacious wines that are fruity, medium-full bodied, of fresh acidity (esp from higher altitudes) and not very intense aromas mostly of tropical fruit. On the rise in various expressions, blended, unoaked but also oaked. No relation to Athiri, Vidiano most likely.

Color
white
Aromas & flavors
mineral - spice - stone fruit - tropical fruit
Wine style
medium bodied - oaky - powerful
Vertzami

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.

Color
red
Aromas & flavors
herbaceous - red fruit - tobacco
Wine style
savoury - structured - tannic
Vidiano

A Cretan variety which is on the rise because it makes wines that can range from very complex, mineral and elegant in character to more fruity and aromatic. When grown on higher altitude its aromas are reminiscent of peaches, apricot, bergamot and herbs, with a mineral undertone. Oaky or not.

Color
white
Aromas & flavors
floral - stone fruit - toast
Wine style
creamy - Fruity - medium bodied - oaky
Vlahiko

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.

Color
red
Aromas & flavors
forest floor - red fruit - spice
Wine style
acidic - elegant - light bodied - mineralic
Vostilidi

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.

Color
white
Aromas & flavors
figs - honey - tropical fruit
Wine style
creamy - full bodied - powerful
Zakynthino

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.          

Color
white
Aromas & flavors
citrus fruit - tropical fruit
Wine style
full bodied

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