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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Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Imergovigli Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceFrom the higher altitudes of Santorini, this lean and smoldering white starts ...See Full Review$80
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Megalachori Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceFull-bodied aromas of tropical fruit, honey and smoke reveal the complexity of ...See Full Review$80
Nasiakos 2017 Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceOrange peel, lemon blossom and peach aromas are elegant and expressive here ...See Full Review$16
Nasiakos 2017 Mantinia Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceStone fruit and mineral aromas lead this brisk and exotic wine from ...See Full Review$19
Lyrarakis 2017 Ippodromos Vineyard Vidiano (Crete)GreeceDelicate aromas of stone fruit and citrus start this superior white from ...See Full Review$20
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Oia Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceThis white has aromas of rich tropical fruit and minerals, followed by ...See Full Review$80
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Fira Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceCitrus, sea salt and tropical fruit aromas give this wine a distinctive ...See Full Review$80
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Kavalieros Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceTropical fruit and sea salt aromas are followed by classic flavors of ...See Full Review$97
Avantis 2017 Dolphins Assyrtico (Santorini)GreeceAromas of passionfruit and citrus introduce this appealing wine, whose brisk and ...See Full Review$30
Lyrarakis 2017 Armi Thrapsathiri (Crete)GreeceThis rare variety starts with aromas of rich lemon tart, toasted nut ...See Full Review$21
Greek Wine Cellars 2017 Moschofilero (Peloponnese)GreeceAromas of orange blossom, tart lemon and peach are layered and refreshing ...See Full Review$15
Semeli 2017 Thea Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceThe Thea has a fragrant, expressive nose of vanilla, stone fruit and ...See Full Review$30
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Pyrgos Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceThe nose on this wine offers tropical fruit, floral and mineral aromas. ...See Full Review$80
Douloufakis 2018 Dafnios Vidiano (Crete)GreeceTropical fruit and apricot aromas and a palate of creamy tropical fruit ...See Full Review$17
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Akrotiri Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceAfter opening up, this wine has a curvier style, with creamy vanilla ...See Full Review$80
Domaine Sigalas 2017 Seven Villages Vourvoulos Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceLemon preserves, crushed herbs and peach aromas lead this distinctive white. On ...See Full Review$80
Vassaltis 2017 Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceLemon preserves, smoke and citrus start this exotic and refreshing white. On ...See Full Review$42
Zacharias 2017 Moschofilero (Peloponnese)GreeceFloral aromas of jasmine, rose petal and citrus blossom give this wine ...See Full Review$14
Lyrarakis 2017 Psarades Vineyards Plyto (Crete)GreeceZippy citrus and tropical fruit aromas start this robust white made from ...See Full Review$21
Theopetra Estate 2017 Malagouzia (Meteora)GreeceGorgeous aromas of honey, citrus peel and apricot are followed by lemon ...See Full Review$36
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