With around 10,000 hectares under cultivation, Savatiano is the most prolific variety in Greece; it is the wine industry’s workhorse. While it was traditionally used to make Retsina, it has shown that it can also yield respectable unresinated whites in favorable mesoclimates like that of the Mesogeia. Here, we find vines planted in limestone, which is rare in Greece, bush-trained and not irrigated so as to limit the variety’s productive capacity but safeguard its quality.
Savatiano can stand up to drought conditions and yield wines that have a discreet colour, and a fruity and aromatic nose full of citrus and peach. In the mouth, it is fresh and never sharp, with medium body and a smooth finish. Some vintages age extremely well, even unoaked; it is a relatively neutral variety, so barrel-maturation aging lends it aromatic complexity as well as an interesting oily texture.