Vineyards are grown in numerous regions of Greece. Indicatively, wine growing regions include Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Crete, Attica, Thessaly, Kefalonia, Naoussa, Epanomi, Nemea and Patra. Some of the best known brands of Greek wine are mentioned below.
Agiorghitiko (“St. George’s”) is a red wine grown mainly in the Peloponnese, with fruity flavours and attributes similar to Beaujolais Nouveau; however, Agiorghitiko ages for 5 years. Xinomavro (“sour black”) grows in Macedonia around Naoussa. Its palate is reminiscent of tomatoes and olives and has a rich tannic character. Mavrodaphne (“black laurel”) is a variety grown in the Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands.
Among the white wines, Assyrtiko is similar in character to Riesling, and is mainly grown in Santorini. Athiri is a variety of low acidity, grown in Macedonia, Attica and Rhodes. Malagousia is a variety grown in Macedonia, which creates elegant full bodied wines with perfumed aromas. Moschofilero is a Blanc de gris grape from the region of Mantineia in the Pelopponese and has the Controlled Appellation of Origin. The wines produced by Moschofilero are crispy and floral. Robola grows in Kefalonia and produces smokey mineral and lemony wines, perfect for accompanying fish and seafood.