old enough to be mentioned by ancient poet Homer! It’s a member of the broader Asproudes family of grapes and during flowering it casts many of its flowers, carrying thus a “green harvest” and yielding a small amount of grapes. It has great acidity levels and delicate aromas. There are also excellent examples of Assyrtiko, Asproudes, Robola, Malagousia and a few other grapes.
Other local reds have also a part to play in the vineyards of Achaia and Ilia, with varieties such as Mavroudi, Vertzami, Black of Corinth (stafida), as well as Agiorgitiko and Mandilaria adding to the native weave.