PGI Aegean Sea (ΠΓΕ Αιγαίο Πέλαγος)

The demarcated area for the production of wines under the designation PGI Aegean Sea (ΠΓΕ Αιγαίο Πέλαγος) comprises all the areas of the Aegean Sea islands, with the exception of Evia and Crete.

The Aegean archipelago, with its countless islands, is home to a number of excellent terroirs. Despite the relevant diversity, all these islands share a few common characteristics: the vineyards are in great proximity to the sea and there is abundant sunshine during the growing season. However, the summer heat is mitigated by the sea breezes that blow inland during the summer months. The variety in altitudes, soils and orientations result in a number of different available terroirs. Yields are restricted; however, the quality of fruit is excellent. Growing the vine in Aegean Sea Islands is a labor-intensive business.

There is a long-lasting tradition in grape growing and wine production in all of the inhabited islands. Nowadays, even in the smallest ones, there are established wineries that craft exciting wines from indigenous grape varieties. Most of them, bear the designation PGI Aegean Sea, in the label.

Wine Types:

• White dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sweet fortified, from dried grapes, fortified from dried grapes
• Rosé dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Red dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sweet fortified
• White semi-sparkling dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet
• Rosé semi-sparkling dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet
• White sparkling, brut nature, extra brut, brut, extra dry, dry, semi-dry, sweet
• Rosé sparkling, brut nature, extra brut, brut, extra dry, dry, semi-dry, sweet

The grape varieties
The vast majority of wines under the PGI Aegean Sea designation are produced from endemic Aegean-Sea varieties, some of which are rarely seen in the vineyards. The white grapes Assyrtiko and Athiri and the red grapes Mandilaria and Fokiano are examples of grape varieties found in many of the Aegean Sea islands. However, the diversity in different grapes can be dazzling.

Permitted grape varieties:

White Wines
Indigenous: Aidani Aspro, Athiri, Asprouda of Santorini, Assyrtiko, Gaidouria, Katsano, Kritiko, Malagousia, Mandilaria Aspri, Monemvasia, Moschato Aspro, Moschato Trani, Begleri, Platani, Potamisi, Savatiano, Fokiano, Hidiriotiko
International: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc

Red Wines
Indigenous: Agianniotiko, Aidani Mavro, Augustiatis, Vaftra, Voidomatis, Kotsifali, Limnio, Mandilaria, Mavrothiriko, Mavrotragano, Fokiano, Hidiriotiko, Chiotiko
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, Tempranillo.

Rosé wines
All grape varieties permitted in white and red wine production, are allowed.