Welcome Greek wine consultant Markus Stolz, also known as ELLOINOS, who will educate us about grape varieties indigenous to Greece. This time, he talks Savatiano.
Here are some notes on this wine, referred by some as the “best kept secret” in Greece.
Area grown: Mostly Attica, Evia and Viotia in Central Greece, also to a smaller extend in the Cycladic Islands, Macedonia and Peloponnese.
Quick Fact File: It is the most widely planted indigenous Greek grape variety. It has been traditionally used for the production of Retsina. This grape is also a popular blending partner for Assyrtiko and Roditis. Today, 100% Savatiano wines are able to surprise with outstanding quality. The best ones offer a great price/quality ratio.
Grapes: Savatiano is a vigorous variety, typically with low acidity. It is perfectly suited to the hotter regions of Greece, being very resistant to water stress. The grapes are medium sized, with a yellow/white colour. Harvest typically takes place late August/early September.
Nose/bouquet: Aromas of pear, apple, banana, lemon.
How to pronounce
ELLOINOS ideo on pronunciation
Wine & Spirits magazine traveled the “Savatiano Trail” and called it “Greece’s Best Kept Secret”.
Wine Enthuasiast calls it one of Greece’s “Classic Whites”.
Where to find
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For more info on Greek wines, visit ELLOINOS.
Markus consults to well known US wine importers and has successfully introduced a number of Greek wineries to the US market. He holds the advanced certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He lives in Piraeus, Greece.