Greek vineyard saves indigenous varieties from extinction
A Greek vineyard claims it has saved some indigenous grapes from extinction by launching nine new wines using the local varietals.
The 43 hectare Michalakis Estate in Crete has used the four indigenous white varieties of Dafni, Vilana, Vidiano and Plyto along with the two black varieties of Kotsifali and Mandilari to produce nine wines according to a report in Beverage Daily.
The wines include Dafni Michalakis Estate, Vilana Michalakis Estate, Vidiano Michalakis Estate, Plyto Michalakis Estate, Varietal White, Varietal Rose, Varietal Red alongside both an organic white and red.
Michalakis Estate describes the wines as possessing “unique flavours and fruity aromas” that are “characteristic of the unique Aegean varieties and of the Cretan soil”.