Greek Grape varieties

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Kolliniatiko

by Cornelius Wesseling

A variety of a deep red color, Kolliniatiko is cultivated in the Peloponnese and is named after the village of Kollines, Arkadia (Arcadia)..

Koniaros

by Cornelius Wesseling

Area grown: Serres, Macedonia, in the far north of Greece, close to the Bulgarian border. Currently Domaine Nerantzi is the only producer of a varietal Koniaros. History: Koniaros is an ancient variety that had been left behind due to low yields. Nerantzi Mitropoulos came across vines in 1998. He had them DNA tested, registered Koniaros with the […]

Kotsifali

by Other Contributor

Kotsifali is a light red-skinned grape variety grown primarily on the Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes, but also, to a limited extent, on the Greek mainland. Kotsifali wines tend to be corpulent and powerfully alcoholic, yet lacking in structure and color. Only a select few vineyard sites (almost all of which are on Crete) produce well-rounded varietal Kotsifali. For […]

Koutsoumpeli

by Cornelius Wesseling

The white grape variety native to Greece . Synonyms are Koutsoubeli, Koutsoumbeli and Koutsoumbeli Kokkino. There are two color Variety with white and pink berries. The late-ripening grape is resistant to Drought and downy Mildew . It is mainly on the island of Zakynthos , as well as in the northwestern Peloponnese grown. (Courtesy Wein-plus)

Krassato

by Other Contributor

Krassato is a dark-skinned grape variety grown exclusively in Thessalia, Greece. It is used as a blending agent for the wines ofRapsani, in the foothills of Mt. Olympus. Along with Stavroto and Xynomavro, Krassato is a required ingredient of wines bearing the Rapsani appellation on their label. Even within its native Greece, Krassato is not widely grown and never appears as […]

Kydonitsa

by Cornelius Wesseling

Area grown: Lakonia, Peleponnese History: Kydonitsa was widely grown in ancient and Byzantime times. From 1460 until 1828, this part of Greece was ruled by the Turks, under Ottoman rule alcohol consumption came to a sudden halt. Kydonitsa was recently discovered in old vineyards and cultivated systematically by local viticulturists. The results of this work […]

Ladikino

by Cornelius Wesseling

Ladikino is a red variety of grape that is chiefly produced in Crete in a very infrequent manner. It is one of the local varieties that can be easily recognized because of its lavish aroma. Many growers are into utilizing this variety of grape in a wide range of blends which are in turn sold […]

Lagorthi

by Cornelius Wesseling

Lagorthi is a white[1] Greek wine grape, well known despite its fairly small planting. It produces a moderately aromatic wine with relatively low fruit and alcohol content.[2] The variety is grown in only a few vineyards, mainly in northern Peloponnesus and on some Ionian islands. As it is sensitive to water stress, some plantings have been made further north, in Macedonia, to […]

Lemniona

by Cornelius Wesseling

Not to be confused with Lemnio, Lemniona is the rising star of the Greek red varieties and will be a driving force for the development of numerous top wines around Greece in the years to come. The quality potential of this red variety, used to make dry red wines, was identified when only few vines […]

Liatiko

by Other Contributor

Liatiko is an ancient black-skinned grape variety grown on Crete. In the 21st Century, only a handful of producers make wine from Liatiko, but the variety was once of great importance to Crete’s winemakers, particularly during the Middle Ages, when the island was under Venetian rule. The name Liatiko is a short-form of the Greek word for July, an […]