Since 1919 the Papagiannakos family have been making wines from Central Greece. They particularly championed the making of Savatiano that is commonly used in Retsina but can be made into a beautiful white wine if treated with love.
Savatiano is almost like a Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. It has texture, a savoury element and the bouquet is quite complex and layered. There is nice acidity and length of flavour. Like the great wines from Italy’s Soave region the more you try this wine the more it grows on you.
Markopoulo – A coastal region in Central Greece. The proximity to the sea and resulting gentle breeze keeps everything cool and makes storms, hail and frost almost non-issues. The wines from here tend to be delicate and aromatic.
Savatiano – Thought to have originated in Attica and is one of the most planted varieties all over Greece. Its resistance to drought, late ripening and traditional use in Retsina.