Besides Roditis and Mavrodaphne, the grape varieties which form the bases of PDO Patras and PDO Mavrodaphne of Patras wines respectively, another variety cultivated in the Achaia district, northern Peloponnese, is Muscat White, which yields PDO Muscat of Patras . This variety’s cultivation zone (est.1971) is clearly smaller than the other two and includes parts of the Roditis and Mavrodaphne zones. It is found in the areas of Vrachneika (Achaiko, Vrachneika, Theriano), Dymi (Agiovlassitika, Alissos & Kato Alissos, Ano & Kato Achaia, Niforeika), Larissos (Agios Nikolaos, Riolos), Messatis (Agios Stefanos, Thea, Ovria, Saravali), Paralia (Midilogli, Paralia), Rio (Rio, Agios Vassilios, Agios Georgios, Argyra, Vernardeika, Ano & Kato Kastritsi, Drepano, Platani, Psathopyrgos), Farres (Vasiliko, Isoma) and Olenia (Ano Soudaneika, Arla, Lousika, Mitopoli, Fostena, Haikali). A small section is situated in the northeastern part of the city of Patras area.
Muscat White is often called “Moschoudi” in Achaia. It is the white grape variety which, apart from yielding PDO Muscat of Patras, it is also blended into four more Greek PDO wines (PDO Muscat of Cephalonia, PDO Muscat of Rio Patras, PDO Muscat of Rhodes and PDO Samos). The dessert wines bearing the geographical indication “Muscat of Patras” may be either vin naturellement doux (sun-dried grapes) or vin doux naturel (vin de liqueur/fortified). Provided that the grapes used come from privately-owned vineyards of low yields per hectare, vintners are permitted to produce sweet wines bearing the additional “grand cru” indication.
Muscat White 100%
- Sweet fortified white from sun-dried grapes
- Sweet white from sun-dried grapes
- Sweet fortified