Inspired by traditional, sustainable techniques and supported by modern resources, Greek winemakers are crafting world-class wines that continue to receive recognition and awards from prestigious international competitions.

The diversity of Greek grape varietals, wine history and styles surpasses most wine regions, but it is a core reason why Greek wine is a pillar of the wine making and wine culture we all enjoy today. There are 300 indigenous varietals and 33 Protected Designation of Origins (PDOs) in Greece. R&R Selections aims to help our customers learn more about the Greek varietals and how to pronounce them. Look through all the grapes below to learn more about them. Have fun!

White Grape Varietals



Popular in Santorini these grapes have a thin skin with a sweet and fruity juice. This grape is mixed with Assyrtiko and Aidani to make the popular, “vinsanto”.



An ancient Greek grape variety that is mainly grown in the Cyclades. It is an acidic and aromatic grape. Aidani is used in making both dry and sweet wines.



Indigenous to Santorini these vines are often over 100 years old. This grape is acidic and earthy making a crisp, mineral, fresh wine. One of the few white varietals that offers aging potential.



Mainly used for sparkling wines. This grape makes for a fresh and dry wine.



An indigenous grape grown in the Aegean islands. A subtle and smooth white grape.



A rare grape harvested in Santorini from the Galavas Winery. This grape makes a complex and crisp wine.



This ancient Greek varietal produces wine that is well balanced with notes of lemon peal, peach melon and exotic citrus. It was saved from almost going extinct and makes for a full body, aromatic wine.



A beautiful and soothing floral wine that is full of subtle undertones of apricots and pears, pineapple and green apple, citrus and mineral but low acidity.



A popular white wine in Greece, this grape makes for an aromatic wine that is balanced with acidity. It is often spicy yet floral to the mouth with undertones of rose.



This grape is terrior driven and a dominant white grape varietal of central Greece. It makes pleasant wines that are light with tones of citrus, apple and pear.

Red Grape Varietals


(Ah-yor-yeé –ti-ko)

Translates to “St. George’s grape”. An aromatic deep red wine varietal with fruity notes and soft tannins. A highly important grape of Greece and an appellation of Nemea (Peloponnese) and has great potential for blends.



Indigenous to Santorini, this grape has a low yield and produces a deep red wine, fruity to the nose and tastes full of red currents, spices, opulent fruit and black cherries.



An ancient red grape from the Greek island of Lemnos. Great aging potential with soft tannins.



A rare and untamed red varietal from the Cyclades and Crete. To the mouth it offers a smooth and rich wine with hefty tannins and hints of plum, cherry, chocolate and vanilla.



A bold and popular Greek grape. Rich, full-bodied red wine.



Cultivated in the cooler climates of Epirus (northwestern Greece). This is a rustic red grape.



A unique, rich grape from Epirus. Sometimes blended with the Vlahiko grape.

Rosé Grape Varietals

Aidani Mavro

(Ay-dá-ni Má-vro)



Translates to “the bull’s eye” because of the large rose grapes the vine produces. This is a very rare rose varietal from Santorini and only produced by Gavalas wines.