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.
Malagouzia is a very rare aromatic white grape variety found in Greece. Recently rescued from the edge of extinction by Greek winemakers, it produces dry but juicy wines with floral and citrus notes.
Malvasia Bianca di Candia is part of the large family of Malvasia varieties but notably used in Lazio’s Frascati Superiore DOCG.
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.
Sauvignon Blanc - often referred to simply as Sauvignon - is a white wine grape of French origin, which has found widespread international success. The variety delivers crisp, dry wines which are renowned for their aromatic assertiveness and fresh acidity.