Greece boasts a plethora of ancient indigenous white grape varieties that are increasingly utilised by the latest generation of winemakers keen to make their name in line with the country’s viticultural traditions. Perhaps the most appreciated Assyrtiko, the key component in the island wines of Santorini. There are many enjoying a resurgence however, such as Savatiano which features heavily in Retsina, or Malagouzia, a variety known for its rich fruit flavours and oily texture. On the island of Crete the white Vilana grape shows potential not only as a young fresh wine but also when aged in wood. Here is our list of white grapes grown all over Greece.
Monemvasia is a white grape variety grown in various parts of Greece. It is most commonly associated with the wines shipped out of the Greek port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century, many of which were thought to have been part of the Malvasia group of grapes which have made their way around Europe. Recent DNA profiling has revealed no connection with any of the Malvasia grapes however. In the PDO wine of Monemvasia-Malvasia it must constitute at least 50% of the blend.