Greek Grape varieties

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Agiorgitiko

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Agiorgitiko is a fragrant, red wine grape variety native to Nemea, in southern Greece. It is one of the country’s most widely planted wine grapes after Xynomavro and goes by a number of local synonyms. Agiorgitiko is the sole variety permitted in the Nemea appellation and performs admirably well in the hot Mediterranean climate there. Full description at http://www.wine-searcher.com/    

Aidani

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  Aidani is a white grape found mainly in the Southern Aegean islands of Greece, particularly Santorini, and is also grown extensively on the island of Rhodes. It is seldom used on its own, but often blended with the Assyrtico grape as part of a white blend called Brousko (there are also red and rosé Brousko wines). Full description at http://www.wine-searcher.com/ 

Araklinos

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The red grape variety native to Greece . Synonyms are Araclinos, Araklino and Raklino. It is believed that they with the variety vranac of Montenegro is the same, but there are corresponding DNA from (as of 2013). The medium-ripening vine is very sensitive to Drought . It provides soft-bodied red wines with moderate acidity. The rare species is in the west of the Peloponnese and the island […]

Assyrtiko

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Assyrtico is a hardy white wine grape variety grown throughout Greece. From its home on the volcanic island of Santorini, to as far north as Drama in Greek Macedonia, Assyrtico has developed a reputation as one of Greece’s most versatile grapes. It can adapt to a range of environments and can be used to produce a number of different wine styles. […]

Athiri

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Athiri (Greek: Αθήρι) or Athiri Aspro is a white Greek wine grape used to make Retsina on the island of Rhodes. The grape is noted for its lemon character and in other parts of Greece it is often blended with Assyrtiko.[1] In other areas it is blended with Vilana and Ladikino. Its close association with Rhodes has developed in the use of “Rhodes” as a synonym for the grape that can be appear […]

Avgoustiatis

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Avgoustiatis is a little-known red-wine grape variety found scattered around the Greek islands (most notably on Zakynthos) and the Peloponnese peninsula. The variety ripens relatively early in the growing season (several weeks earlier than Xynomavro), typically in August – which explains its name (Αυγουστιατης means “August” in Greek). According to Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz (authors of the much-respected Wine Grapes), the […]

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 […]

Begleri

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The Begleri variety derives its name from the Syrian variety Begler. This variety is endemic to the island, since Ikaria is the only place where Begleri is being cultivated during the last century. Begleri is cultivated on leveled surfaces all over the island, and its yield rate reaches 500 kilos/1.000m². It is a variety with […]

Black Corinth

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The history of Black Corinth is as enormous as its commercial value since it is the main variety behind one of Greece’s most important agricultural products: currants, which merited a mention even in the ancient texts of Hippocrates and Aristotle. Despite the fact that almost 99% of  Black Corinth normally finds itself sold in a pouch full of currants, […]

Chidiriotiko

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The red variety (also Kalloniatiko) comes from Greece . It is not yet clear whether it is a stand-alone variety, corresponding DNA are still open (as of 2013). The medium to late maturing grape is generally resistant to disease. The on the island of Lesvos grown variety was almost entirely in the 1950s by the […]