International grapes

It should be well noted that there are also some very well-adapted international grapes in Achaia. Merlot does extremely well here as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also plantings of Syrah or even the very rare for Greek standards Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc loves the cooler climate of Aigialia slopes and fresh Chardonnay styles or very rare aromatic varieties, such as and Gewürztraminer are also grown here. The percentage of indigenous versus international grapes in Achaia region is 87% to 13% respectively.

A number of international grape varieties are grown throughout Ilia region. The Italian Refosco, of north-eastern Italy, was introduced in the region in the late 19th century and it is now considered to be a “local” grape variety. It has also earned a nickname among the local growers (known as “Mercoureiko”). There are also plantings of Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier and even Albarino.