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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Mylonas 2018 Malagousia (Attica)GreeceThis wine's subtle nose offers a whiff of rose and peach, with ...See Full ReviewN/A
Giannikos 2018 Windmill Malagousia (Peloponnese)GreeceThis wine has spritely grapefruit, lemon and pear tones but plenty of ...See Full Review$20
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Alpha Estate 2018 Single Vineyard Turtles Malagouzia (Florina)GreeceBeautiful aromas of apricot, flowers, fresh pineapple and citrus lead into robust ...See Full Review$20
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Jim Barry 2018 Assyrtiko (Clare Valley)South AustraliaAustralia's first Assyrtiko plantings continue to deliver a ripe citrus tone, with ...See Full Review$30
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
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