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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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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Gikas 2016 Maistros Malagousia (Slopes of Kitherona)GreeceVanilla honey and apricot aromas lead into mouthfilling flavors of peach, tropical ...See Full Review$25
Alpha Estate 2017 Turtles Vineyard Malagousia (Florina)GreecePeach, melon and white floral aromas start this poised and pert white ...See Full Review$18
Anastasia Fragou 2016 Neilis Malagousia (Attica)GreeceBright and fresh floral aromas give this wine a fun and flirty ...See Full Review$15
Porto Carras 2017 Malagousia (Halkidiki)GreeceLemon zest, wet stone and sea salt on the nose start this ...See Full ReviewN/A
Lykos Winery 2016 Malagousia (Evia)GreeceApricot, tropical-fruit and crushed herb aromas start this wild fermented white. Its ...See Full Review$20
Jim Barry 2017 Assyrtiko (Clare Valley)South AustraliaMade in small quantities, this is only the second vintage of this ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$37
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Troupis 2015 Fteri Moschofilero (Arcadia)GreeceFragrant white flower, peach and lemon zest aromas start this deftly balanced ...See Full Review$12
Nasiakos 2016 Mantinia Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceGrapefruit, orange blossom and lemon aromas give this white an exotic appeal. ...See Full Review$18
Gaia Wines 2017 Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceCitrus, vanilla and spice aromas introduce this Assyrtiko from Santorini. On the ...See Full ReviewN/A
Boutari 2017 Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceJasmine, orange blossom and citrus scents start this food-friendly white from Santorini. ...See Full Review$35
Argyros 2016 Assyrtico (Santorini)GreeceThe nose of this wine is full of lemon and lime zest, ...See Full Review$28
Gaia Wines 2017 Thalassitis Assyrtiko (Santorini)GreeceLemon pulp and orange rind aromas start this robust but elegant Assyrtiko ...See Full Review$25
Nasiakos 2016 Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceRose petal, peach and flower scents lead the nose of this elegant ...See Full Review$16
Argyros 2016 Estate Assyrtico (Santorini)GreeceCitrus and slate aromas start this elegant white from Santorini. Mineral poise ...See Full Review$34
Semeli 2016 Moschofilero (Mantinia)GreeceThis wine has a generous, fruity character that starts with tropical and ...See Full Review$19
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