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 that Vertzami was introduced by the Venetians during their occupation of the Ionian Islands from the 14th to 18th centuries.
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