In the vineyards of the Ionian Sea
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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.


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

Hostel in Corfu, Greece Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel
9.3 10
Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel
Agios Ioannis, Karousades, 49031 Corfu, Greece

Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel is located in Agios Ioannis, Kourasades, approximately a 15-minute walk from the organised beach of Sidari. Corfu Town and Port is 35 km away. Corfu International Airport is 40 km away.

Hotel in Lefkada, Greece Hotel Odyssion
Hotel Odyssion
Vassiliki, 31082 Lefkada, Greece

Hotel Odyssion is located just 3 minutes walk from Vassiliki Beach. The port of Vassiliki with ferries to Kefalonia and Ithaki is at 1.5 km. Nydri is 20 km away from Vassiliki village, while the lively capital of Lefkada is 38 km away. Aktion International Airport is at 56 km.

Studio in Zakynthos, Greece Studios Keri
Studios Keri
Limni Keriou (Lake Keri), 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Being located in a beautiful, quiet area near Lake Keri (Limni Keriou), the family run Keri Studios offer accommodation in fully equipped, bright and comfortable studios at competitive prices. The main road of Lake Keri village with many shops, traditional taverns with sea food and the organised beach can be reached within a 15-minute walk. Zakynthos international airport is at 15 km, while the main port in Zakynthos town (Chora) is at 16 km. The property offers a shuttle service to/from the airport at an additional cost.


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