PGI Sterea Ellada (ΠΓΕ Στερεά Ελλάδα)

The demarcated area for the production of PGI Sterea Ellada (ΠΓΕ Στερεά Ελλάδα) wines comprises all the regions of Attica (at an altitude of more than 30m.), Evia (at an altitude of more than 10m.), Fthiotida (at an altitude of more than 20m.) and parts of Viotia (Boeotia) and Fokida.

Characteristics

PGI Sterea Ellada, is a broad viticultural area and it is located in the southern part of mainland Greece. A large proportion of the area is mountainous and the vineyards are cultivated in the slopes. The topography is extremely varied with large mountains, plains, peninsulas, and an extended coastline that result in many different and distinctive terroirs. There are significant variations between the climate of different areas. The coastal regions display a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Further inland, the vineyards are planted in higher attitudes, the sea influence fades out and the climate has some marked continental characteristics.

Wine types:

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

The grape varieties

International grape varieties have a strong presence in the vineyards of Sterea Ellada and together with the indigenous grapes are responsible for the great diversity of styles. The white Savatiano is the most planted grape variety in Central Greece (Sterea Ellada). Other important grapes are Roditis and Malagousia. Some rare, yet promising grape varieties such are Mouchtaro and Vradiano are slowly catching the local producers’ attention. As said before, there is a significant number of international grapes that are perfectly adapted to the local conditions. Among them, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the white Chardonnay, are commonly seen in PGI Sterea Ellada (ΠΓΕ Στερεά Ελλάδα) bottlings.

Permitted grape varieties:

White Wines
Indigenous: Aidani Aspro, Athiri, Assyrtiko, Kontokladi, Malagouzia, Monemvasia, Moschofilero, Roditis, Robola, Savvatiano
International: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdicchio Bianco, Grenache Blanc, Semillon, Ugni Blanc

Red Wines
Indigenous: Agiorgitiko, Vradiano, Karabraimis, Limnio, Limniona, Mandilaria, Mavroudi, Mouchtaro, Xinomavro, Ritino
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Carignan, Syrah, Aglianico, Refosco, Schoppettino

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