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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.

Where to Stay

Villa in Lefkada, Greece Villa Veneziano
Villa Veneziano
Perigiali, Nydri, 31100 Lefkada, Greece

Villa Veneziano is located in Perigiali, approximately a 3-minute drive from the beach and a 5-minute drive from Nydri. Lefkada town is 14 km away.

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Sofia's Hotel
Sofia's Hotel
Kalamaki, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Sofia's Hotel is a family run business situated on the main road of Kalamaki, 10 minutes walk from the beach. The historic and picturesque capital of Zakynthos and the main port are at 5 km. Zakynthos International Airport is 3.5 km away.

Hotel in Corfu, Greece Anita Hotel
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Anita Hotel
Perama, 49084 Corfu, Greece

Surrounded by palm and cypress trees, Anita Hotel is located within a 10-minute walk from Perama Beach. Corfu International Airport is at 6 km and the picturesque capital of Corfu with many historic buildings and the main port of the island is 7.5 km away.


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