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In the vineyards of the Ionian Sea

Corfu ● Epirus ● Ionian islands ● Kefalonia ● Lefkada ● Metsovo ● Zakynthos ● 20 June 2017
 

Greece is famous for its wine, and the vineyards of the Aegean Sea as well as those of the Ionian Sea produce wine of unique quality and taste. The terroir of the Ionian Islands, as well as Epirus, the western-most region of mainland Greece, is influenced by the Ionian Sea and the cold climate, coming from the mountains. Relying on rare and indigenous grape varieties, the wines produced here reflect the unique qualities of the wider region in an amazing way.

Kefalonia, the most famous wine-producing area of the Ionian Islands, features all the protected designation of origin (PDO) grape varieties to be found in the Ionian Islands. The most significant in terms of commercial reach is the PDO Robola grape variety, which produces white wines that have mineral character and lemon blossom aromas. The PDO Mavrodaphne variety renders the well-known sweet reds. However, an increasing number of winemakers produce dry wines with Mavrodaphne. Although these wines cannot be classified as PDO wines, they have a unique, delicious taste. The Moscato variety is the third native PDO variety of Kefalonia and renders sweet and aromatic white wines.

Moscato grapes

Zakynthos, the second most significant wine-producing area in the Ionian Sea, is home to Avgoustiatis and Goustolidi grape varieties, both of which are indigenous. The quality of the wines from these grape varieties has convinced even the most demanding of wine enthusiasts. Avgoustiatis delivers dense reds, while Goustolidi produces rich whites. Another grape variety is Verdea, which has its own unique character.

Small wineries operate also on the other Ionian Islands, Corfu and Lefkada.

On the opposite coast, a part of mountainous Epirus is suitable for viniculture. The Debina grape variety produces the region's PDO wine, PDO Zitsa. Debina renders light wines with vibrant acidity and refined aroma, and PDO Zitsa is made as a sparkling wine.

Metsovon has earned reputation for its top wines produced by innovative and high quality wineries, which are considered some of the best in Greece. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant wine in the area, but the Vlachiko variety is becoming popular lately.

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