PGI Attiki (ΠΓΕ Αττική)

The geographic area of PGI Attiki (ΠΓΕ Αττική) covers the whole prefecture of Attiki (or Attica) but it is delimited to vineyards at an altitude of 30m. or above the sea-level.

The characteristics
Attiki is located in the southeastern tip of Central Greece. It has a large coastline and it is surrounded by three gulfs, the Corinthian, the Saronic and the South Euboean. All its sides, with the exception of the west-northwest borders, are surrounded by the sea. Vineyards occupy mainly the slopes of the surrounding mountains or the valley floor. In general, Attiki has a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and summers are dry with very hot days, at peak of the season. Altitude or proximity to the sea plays the principal role in shaping the wines’ character as they provide cooler conditions. So, between the sub-regions of Attiki there is considerable climatic variation. Areas, such are Mesogaia, are among the warmest and driest wine-growing regions in the country. However, the cool sea-breezes blowing from the Euboean Gulf manage to mitigate the hot weather creating mesoclimates ideal for viticulture.

Wine Types:

• White dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sweet fortified, sweet from dried grapes
• Rosé dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sweet fortified, sweet from dried grapes
• Red dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sweet fortified, sweet from dried grapes

The grape varieties
Greece’s most widely planted grape, Savatiano, is also the most widely planted and the most representative grape of Attiki. It covers almost 90% of Attiki’s total plantings. Savatiano produces white wines that are usually dry. Other exceptional varieties of the vineyard are Assyrtiko, Malagousia and the pink-skinned Roditis. Agiorgitiko and Mandilaria are considered as the principal indigenous red grapes of Attiki in the production of red and rose wines that bear the PGI Attiki designation. However, Cabernet Sauvignon and its blending partner Merlot, are also important grapes in Attiki’s vineyard.

Permitted grape varieties:

White Wines
Indigenous: Aidani Aspro, Athiri, Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Roditis, Savatiano
International: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc.

Red Wines
Indigenous: Agiorgitiko, Limniona, Mandilaria, Mouchtaro
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Syrah.

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