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Greek Grape varieties

Cretan grape varieties
Grapes grown in Crete, Greece


Making a quick reference to the grapes for wine making, we would say that they have a tougher skin and juicy flesh in contrast to table grapes that have a thin skin and crisp flesh. The aromatic compounds, the pigments of red grapes (anthocyanins) and tannins are in the skin.

The main grape sugars are glucose and fructose. The main acid in grapes is tartaric. Sugars and acids are important in oenology because they determine the balance of wine flavour. The content of these substances depends each time on the variety, the subsoil, the climate as well as the ripening time of the grapes. There are many native Greek-Cretan grape varieties.

Overall, there are more than 300 precious native greek grape varieties that produce wines of different character. Each wine has its own personality which depends on the geological history of the production place, on the vineyards as well as on the winemakers, their tradition and culture.


In Douloufakis vineyards we cultivate Cretan, Greek and International grape varieties.


Learn about the Grape Varieties from Crete, Greece



Cretan grape variety Vidiano
An old indigenous variety, which is also mentioned as "Avidiano", was scattered in old vineyards of Crete. It is a lively and productive variety, resistant to heat waves and late in Dafnes. Vidiano gives us wines with rich, fruity aromas, full body and balanced acidity. The strong points of Vidiano are its volume and durability over time. Two characteristics that make it unique since there are a few varieties in Greece that give such characteristics.
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