PGI Evia (ΠΓΕ Εύβοια)

The winegrowing area of PGI Evia (ΠΓΕ Εύβοια) includes the entire island and a small part of the mainland at an altitude of more than 10 meters above sea-level.

The characteristics
Greece’s second largest island is sandwiched between the Aegean Sea to the east and the Northern and Southern Euboean Gulfs to the west. Due to its size, there is a great diversity in climate, soils and topography. Although surrounded by the sea, Evia is a high-altitude island in many of its parts. In its central part, some of the vineyards are planted in 600m above sea-level, on the slopes of the imposing mountain Dirfi. Overall, the climate is dry and hot, typical of the Mediterranean. However, in the southern part of the region, the climate shares common characteristics with that of the neighboring Aegean islands. These areas are much affected by the strong (meltemia) winds. Vineyards at higher altitude (particularly on the western slopes of Mount Dirfi in central Evia) grow in cooler conditions. Summer heat is usually moderated by sea breezes that blow in from the Aegean Sea to the east and the Euboean Gulf to the west.

Types of Wines:

• White dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Rosé dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Red dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet

The grape varieties
Evia is a melting point for native and international grape varieties. Savatiano, locally known as White Kontoura, covers the largest area, however white varieties such as Malagousia and Assyrtiko are gaining the producers’ attention. Over the last few years, a handful of producers are trying to revive some of the rare native grapes of Evia. Among them Mavrokoudoura (Mandilaria) and Vradiano show promising results. A number of international grapes were adopted by many Euboean producers and in particular Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Rouge gained significant ground. They are widely used in the production of rose and red PGI Evia wines.

Permitted grape varieties:

White Wines
Indigenous: Savatiano, Roditis, Malagousia, Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Aidani white, Athiri, Monemvasia
International: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc.

Red Wines
Indigenous: Mandilaria (Mavri Kountoura), Vradiano, Agiorgitiko, Liatiko, Karabraimis, Ritino
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache Rouge, Merlot.

Rosé wines
Indigenous: Mandilaria (Mavri Kountoura), Vradiano, Agiorgitiko, Liatiko, Karabraimis, Retino, Roditis, Moschofilero
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache Rouge, Merlot.