Mouchtaro is a very rare indigenous dark-skinned grape variety of Central Greece. Until recently it could only be found in Askri Valley, where the old bush vines produce low yields of concetrated grapes. The high demand for white instead of red wines and the low yields that the variety tends to produce in the arid slopes under the mountains, are responsible for its near extinction, as growers favoured other local varieties. As a grape that can withstand the heat, more and more producers of Central Greece turn lately to Mouchtaro.

Usually the wines of Mouchtaro are monovarietals and in reds the variety shows good affiliation with careful use of oak. In some cases it can be blended with international varieties. Tannins tend to be soft, and colour in grapes is rich, specially from old bush vines. It can boast a wide range of different styles of wines.

In PGI Thiva, rose wines have aromas of fresh berries and hints of spices, while being lively and with a long finish. Red wines have aromas of black fruits, with spicy and earthy notes. On the palate they are rich, yet pleasant.

At a glance
Resistance to drought
bunch size
Medium size grapes in medium size bunches
Vigorous and productive, late bud break and late ripening
Style of wines
Pleasant and refreshing rose wines. Deep coloured fruity and mineral red wines
Food pairings
Meat, sausages and fat cheeses
Mouchtaro produces
Pale colored roses with lively acidity and spicy aftertaste Pink in color fruit driven and subtle rose wines Deep purple colored red wines with fleshy black fruit aromas Concentrated, age worthy, complex red wines
Fun fact
Mouchtaro is grown exclusively in the area of Askri near Thebes, in th Muses valley. It gains steadily reputation as a star variety of Central Greece
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