The PDO Malvasia Paros, established in 2011, covers the entire island of Paros as well as the Antiparos. Vineyards are scattered all over the island of Paros with the best located around Mt. Profitis Ilias at an altitude of 250-400m (820-1300 ft.).
Much in line with the introduction of Monemvassia-Malvasia appellation in Lakonia in the Peloponnese, Paros was allowed a second appellation Malvasia Paros, allowing sweet, barrel-aged wines made from sundried Monemvassia together with Assyrtiko. The rationale is that although Malvasia wine was mainly exported from the Port of Monemvassia in the Peloponnese, the term Malvasia gathered momentum and was treated as a generic name with many parts of the Aegean producing significant quantities of this sweet wine style. Paros was the obvious choice along with Crete.
PDO Malvasia Handakas-Candia includes sweet sundried and sundried fortified white wines made of at least 85% Monemvassia and up to 15% Assyrtiko. It is obligatory that PDO Malvasia Paros wines age for at least 24 months in oak barrels before the are released.
Monemvassia (at least 85%) and Assyrtiko
- White sweet wines from sundried grapes
- White sweet fortified wines from sundried grapes