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Batiki

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Batiki is an indigenous Greek grape variety grown in Thessalia, Greek Macedonia and Thraki. It is primarily made into white table wine and is commonly blended with Roditis, Savatiano and various members of the Muscat family. Batiki carries low acid levels, which, along with its large berry size, have made it popular as a table grape. Low acid and alcohol mean that Batiki wine is […]

Xinomavro

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Xynomavro is a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Macedonian Republic. The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe. The word Xynomavro […]

Vradiano

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Vradiano is an extremely rare indigenous red grape grown in Central Greece, including the island of Evia. Like the vast majority of Greek varieties, Vradiano has a healthy number of synonyms, including Bordiano, Bradyano,Vordiano, Vradinia and Vradyano. For full description please see www.winesearcher.com

Voudomato

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Voudomato is an ancient red-wine grape variety native to Greece. It is extremely rare, and what plantings there are are found mostly on the island of Santorini. Some growers claim to have ungrafted vines that are more than 500 years old. Voudomato in Greek means ‘bull’s eye’. The variety is used to produce mostly dry red wines, some […]

Volitsa

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Volitsa (also spelled Volidza) is the name given to a pair of obscure and ancient varieties planted at high altitudes in the Peloponnese region of Greece. Volitsa has both red and white variants, known as Volitsa Mavri and Volitsa Lefki or Aspri respectively. Lefki and aspri both mean ‘white’ in Greek. Volitsa Lefki (white Volitsa) is often in Asproudes wines. Asproudes, commonly mistaken as a single variety, is in fact […]

Vilana

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Vilana is a white wine variety grown primarily on the island of Crete, Greece. Vilana grapes are pale yellow-green in color with medium-sized berries. The best expressions of the variety are grown on higher elevation vineyards, where Vilana’s tendency to overcrop can be mitigated. When harvested, Vilana is especially prone to oxidization and extra attention is required to […]

Vidiano

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Vidiano is an ancient white-wine grape from the Greek island of Crete, in the eastern Mediterranean. Although there are very few Vidiano vines left in existence (the variety was all but extinct less than 25 years ago), there are now signs of a small-scale revival. In the words of the Cretan wine authorities, Vidiano has been “revived […]

Vertzami

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Vertzami is a thick, dark-skinned grape variety grown in central areas of Greece and also in Cyprus where it is known as Lefkas. The variety is best known as wine produced from the Ionian Island of Lefkas where it is typically expressed as a single varietal wine. Vertzami may also be blended with other Greek varieties, as is commonly done in the Peloponnese and Central Greece. It is widely accepted […]

Tsaoussi

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Tsaoussi is a white wine variety grown primarily in Greece. Like many ancient Greek grapes, the origins of Tsaoussi are debated. Some claim it stems from Macedonia, while others believe Tsaoussi was imported from North Africa. Either way, it is now the Ionian Island of Cephalonia for which the variety is best known. Algeria, Bulgaria, Turkey and evenRussia cultivate Tsaoussi vines in the present day. It is […]

Stavroto

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Stavroto is a dark-skinned grape variety grown exclusively in Thessalia, Greece. The grape is used as a blending agent for the wines of Rapsani, on the foothills of Mount Olympus. Together with Krasato and Xynomavro, Stavroto is a required ingredient of wines bearing the Rapsani appellation on their label. The ruby-red color of Rapsani wines is attributed to Stavroto as well as its ability […]