Merlot appeared in Greece during the same period as Cabernet Sauvignon as it was a variety used for the production of wines similar in style to the Bordeaux wines. The first varietal Merlot emerged quite a few years later and ever since it has earned the trust of producers and consumers alike.

Besides the classic combination with Cabernet Sauvignon, the Greek Merlot is quite often blended with Xinomavro, which plays down its heady and aggressive tannins and adds enticing flavours of red and black fruits. It also has the property of stepping up the ageing rate of the wine, rendering it ready for consumption within a shorter period of time.