White Varieties

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Assyrtiko “ah-SEER-tiko”

The multi layered wine!

This grape variety brings out the stony mineral character in the volcanic vineyards of Santorini – where it actually originated. We also come across Assyrtiko in other Cycladic islands – such as Paros. In Northern Greece, we will find it in Chalkidiki and Drama, where we will taste its floral character.

Assyrtiko makes high acidity wines, with high alcohol volume and full bodied whites. It adapts beautifully in the microclimate of the area that is cultivated and it is very resilient in most vine bugs.

Assyrtiko is primarily found on its own but blends well with Sauvignon Blanc, Malagouzia and Athiri. We will taste it fresh, barreled or sun dried -in the world renowned VINSANTO of Santorini.

DO try it with:

Small fish and seafood, green veggies and cheese platters with goat and soft cheeses.

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Savvatiano “sa-vva-teea-no”

Refreshing and summery!

The most widely known white varierty, for its presence in the famous ‘retsina’. We will find Savvatiano in Attica, Mainland Greece, and Evia island.

A very tough vine that thrives in drought, in poor soil and in cooler climates. The wines of Savvatiano wines have citrus fruit aromas, white peaches and soft apricots with a pleasant and refreshing acidity.

Savvatiano is found fresh or barreled with the addition of pine resin ‘retsina’.

Good friends with roditis.

DO try it with:

Greens, fried fish, summer mediterranean specialties, salads, white meat and yellow cheese.

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Moschofilero “mosh-co-fil-lairo”

Roses hmmmm…

The most fragrant variety of Greece, aromas of rose petals, citrus blossom flowers, cantaloupe, citrus and honeydew. Cultivated in Peloponnese, in Mantineia region. The grape is pinkish grey in colour and there is a grey tint in the wine.

The wines from Moschofilero are light bodied, have good acidity and are drunk fresh. In the last 10 years we also have excellent bubbly wines.

PLEASE TRY IT:

as an aperitif with friends. Pairs well with seafood asian dishes, fried or grilled fish, white meats and pasta with simple sauces.

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Malagouzia “ma-la-goo-SEE-ah”

Elegance from the north

A variety lost in the yester years that was brought back to life by experienced wine makers of the north, in Macedonia region (Epanomi).

Wines have a distinct aromas of tropical fruits. The more the grapes mature in the vineyard, the more distinct the aromas are. Rich bodied wines, medium acidity, high alcohol content. Aromas reminiscent of peaches, mangoes, flint, some fresh green peppercorns. Matures nicely in barrels but is equally enjoyed young.

The areas that seem to bring out the best, are: Attica, Macedonia (Epanomi, Chalkidiki, Drama) and Aitolokarnania. Sometimes blended with Assyrtiko.

IT HAS A FUN TIME WITH:

Risotto, pasta, fresh salads, white cheese sauces, pesto, greens, peas, chicken and fish (salmon).

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Chardonnay

The crowd pleaser

The first roots were planted in Attica in the mid 60’s, and it was quick to spread in other regions of Greece. As in many other wine regions across the globe, this variety grows well in colder climates with lower temperatures. The wines are medium in acidity, citrus aromas – lime, grapefruit, pear and peach. Chardonnay loves barrels, especially from young oak that lends the distinctive vanilla and coconut aromas, main characteristics of the chardonnay wines.

Pairs nicely with:

with traditional ‘phyllo’ pies with vegetables, salads, cheese, white meat and grilled fresh fish.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Favorite white for fragrant blends

This foreign variety found the soil and climate of Macedonia to work better with its characteristics. In Drama, with the skillful blends of winemakers in the 80’s and 90’s, SB helped Greek wine drinkers to appreciate white wines. Dry wines with high acidity, green fruits, grass and tropical fruits on the nose, are the typical wines produced that are drunk fresh.

The most successul blend is concidered to be with assystiko, that lends its beautifully strong body and structure, so that Sauvignon can unfold its beautiful aromas.

WORKS WELL WITH:

Fresh grilled fish, seafood rissoti, pesto and white meats.

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Grape varieties for dessert wines

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Moschato White “mosh-Hato”

Award winning quality!

The oldest and most elegant of the Muscat (moschato in Greek) family. Apart from its small sized berries, the variety is well loved for its floral character and its full, well rounded taste.

The vines are very sensitive to draught and septible to many viruses, but seem to have found a good home in the island of Samos and in Achaia (Patras, Peloponnese).

Elegant wines, full of mesmerizing floral aromas: fresh rose pedals and orange blossom along with oranges and pergamont.

As the dessert wines age, the aromas and taste of mature citrus fruits, apricots, honey and butterscotch become more prominent.

Moschato White is used for Dry Whites but most notably for Dessert wines of the finest quality, with esteemed awards and ever increasing exports to the European continent.

Accompanies pleasantly:

Creamy desserts, fruits, traditional Greek & Mid Eastern syrup treats

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Moschato Alexandrias “mosh-Hato From Alexandria”

Volcanic background

In the island of Lemnos, in the north Aegean, we find the home of this ancient variety of the muscats, most probably an import from Egypt.

In the volcanic soil of the island, this Musat variety has found the ideal microclimate to unfold its delicate floral character.

Accompanies pleasantly:

Cheese platters (both white and yellow cheese), fruit platters

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Let’s check out the reds…