Malagousia is the quintessence of the modern renaissance of the New Wines of Greece witnessed in the last twenty years. It is the personification of the way Greek wine producers are rediscovering their potential. In the...
The resilient white cultivar of Maloukato is encountered in a few vineyards of the Aegean islands.
Amorgiano; Pariano; Vaftra; Koundoura Black; Mandilari: These are but a few of the names of the late-harvested red grape Mandilaria variety and serve as testimonials to the extent to which the variety has spread...
Mandilaria White (Kountoura White)
Although its name brings to mind the white clone of mandilaria, it is most probably related to savvatiano. Mandilaria white (Kountoura white) is found all over continental Greece and the Aegean islands.
About 150 years ago, German-born Gustav Clauss settled outside the city of Patras where he vinified the first sweet Mavrodaphne. Little could he have known at the time that the wine he had crafted would become one of...
Until recently, this red grape variety with its black (“mavro) and crisp (“tragano”) berries—hence, the name Mavrotragano—was merely blended in the Santorini sweet wines and had become all...
The Mavroudi variety owes its name to the dark, nearly black color of its berries. This dark color is also the reason why Mavroudi is used mostly in the production of dark red wines, though they remain rare. Either on...
Few are the grape varieties privileged enough to be exclusively planted in one single area. Even fewer are those who are named after a person! Yet, such is indeed the case of Messenikola Black, the red-grape...
Anyone in pursuit of a Greek white grape variety which promises refreshment and enlivenment, all the while offering exoticism unprecedented in a Mediterranean country, should look no further than Moschofilero: it...
The word’s two compounds, moschos (muscat) and mavro (black) instantly usher into the “rhythm” of this rare variety restless wine lovers who, eager for new horizons, are drawn by the yet-to-be-fathomed...
Most probably the raw material for Vivlinos, the wine of antiquity, the rare Mouchtaro is a red variety cultivated in central Greece.
Muscat de Hambourg
A variety apart among various types of Muscat, Muscat de Hambourg and its blushing berries stand out. It is among the handful of varieties which, apart from being vinified, can also be consumed at meals: its grapes are...
Muscat di Trani
An Italian clone of the white, small-berried Muscat, Muscat di Trani participates in dry white and sweet wines produced in the Aegean islands.
Muscat of Alexandrias
Possibly hailing from North Africa, Muscat of Alexandrias was planted in Greece in the early 20th century. Its predilection for warmth helped it in adapting perfectly to the country, subsequently yielding sublimely...
Muscat of Spina
The aromatic variety Muscat of Spina is cultivated on mountainous Cretan vineyards. With a thiner skin than white Muscat, it yields dry as well as sweet white wines.
The love of Muscat White for sunlight is common knowledge. It thrives when the sun warms up its small berries, bestowing on their thick skin a freckle-dotted yellow-gold color and uniquely concentrating the...