Greek white wine is produced from both indigenous and international grape varieties. The most significant indigenous Greek white wine-grape varieties are Assyrtiko, Debina, Moschofilero, Roditis, Savatiano and Vilana.
Different Types of Greek Whites
Assyrtiko is perhaps the best-known quality Greek white- wine grape variety. It can retain acidity in hot growing conditions, and this ability has seen its popularity spread from its native Santorini to other parts of Greece—notably Halkidiki. It has a distinctive mineral character and ages well. It is sometimes blended with the indigenous Malagousia or international varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Debina is a white wine grape variety grown in Epirus, northwest Greece. Here, at elevations of up to 700 meters, the grape can retain high levels of acidity. The Debina grape is the only permitted variety in the light Greek white wine of the Zítsa appellation, often produced in an off-dry or sparkling style.
Moschofilero is best known for producing low-octane aromatic, spicy and delicate Greek white wine, though it is also used in the production of rosé and sparkling wine. It is cultivated primarily in the Mantinia region in the Peloponnese.
Robola is grown on Greece’s Ionian islands, particularly Cephalonia, and gives its name to both the grape variety and the wine that it produces. Robola is a distinctive and highly regarded Greek white wine with a lot of power, acidity and extract. It has dry citrus flavors, notably of lemon.
Roditis is a slightly pink-skinned Greek white-wine grape variety grown particularly in Anhkíalos in Thessaly, central Greece. It is a late-ripening variety that retains acidity well in hot growing conditions, though it is particularly susceptible to viruses and powdery mildew. Often blended alongside Savatiano, it is also used in the production of the distinctive Retsina.
Savatiano is the most widely-planted Greek white wine grape, with considerable holdings in Attica and Central Greece. It is naturally low in acidity and highly resistant to drought. It is the primary grape in Retsina, sometimes blended with Assyrtiko or Roditis to counteract its low acidity. At its best, Savatiano can produce high-quality Greek white wine, with well-balanced acidity.
Vilana is a white wine grape variety native to the Greek island of Crete. As a single varietal, The Peza appelation requires 100% Vilana and produces aromatic, lightly spicy and dry white wine, Sitía requires 70% Vilana and it is blended with Thrapsathiri.
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Bric Cenciurio 2020 Sito dei Fossili (Roero)PiedmontTangy and full of flavor, this polished white has aromas recalling ripe ...See Full Review$25
Alexakis 2020 Assyrtiko (Crete)GreeceTextured and glossy, this Crete bottling has bright, balanced notes of citrus ...See Full Review$19
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Jim Barry 2019 Assyrtiko (Clare Valley)South AustraliaThe first planting of this native Greek variety in Australia (in 2012), ...See Full Review$30
Malibràn 2019 Col Fondo Sottoriva White (Colli Trevigiani)Northeastern ItalyAromas of hawthorn, brewer's yeast, black olive and Greek yogurt form the ...See Full ReviewN/A
Gentilini 2019 Wild Paths Robola (Cephalonia)GreeceNamed for the steep, single-vineyard location where it's grown, this delicate and ...See Full Review$43
Sclavos 2019 Di Sasso Robola (Cephalonia)GreeceThis intense white starts with aromas of white flowers, tangerine, peach and ...See Full Review$28
Gentilini 2019 Robola (Cephalonia)GreeceAromas of citrus and lemon curd and a whiff off flowers lead ...See Full Review$26
Gaia Wines 2018 Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceThe aromas are clean and citric, with a spin of crushed herbs ...See Full Review$45
Skouras 2019 George Skouras Moschofilero (Arcadia)GreeceThis Moschofilero starts with a rich, fragrant nose of jasmine and rose, ...See Full Review$18
Skouras 2019 Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (Peloponnese)GreeceThe nose on this wild-ferment white is elegant, with wet stone, smoke ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$18
Wine Art Estate 2019 Plano Assyrtiko (Drama)GreeceCitrus, graphite and crushed herbs start off this mouthwatering Assyrtiko from Drama. ...See Full Review$25
Greek Wine Cellars 2019 Flowers Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceThe nose on this Assyrtiko is open and generous, with scents of ...See Full Review$27
Mylonas 2019 Assyrtiko (Attica)GreeceThis intriguing white offers aromas of tropical fruit, herbs and white flowers, ...See Full Review$17
Alexakis 2019 Assyrtiko (Crete)GreeceCitrus and mineral aromas are followed by savory, saline smoke and tropical ...See Full Review$17
Zacharias 2019 Assyrtiko (Peloponnese)GreeceA nose of citrus, powder and salt starts this pale white from ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Domaine Papagiannakos 2019 Assyrtiko (Attica)GreeceThis Assyrtiko starts with mouthwatering lime, orange and tropical fruit aromas, followed ...See Full Review$22
Gavalas 2019 Dry Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceJuicy fruit and citrus aromas start this elegant white. The wine is ...See Full Review$34
Zacharias 2019 Moschofilero (Peloponnese)GreeceDelicate aromas of rose petal, peach and citrus start this refined rosé. ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Skouras 2018 Salto Wild Yeast Moschofilero (Peloponnese)GreeceLemon-lime aromas with a slight hint of herbs and toast start this ...See Full Review$21
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