The White Grapes of Greece

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.