Savatiano is by far the most planted indigenous grape variety and probably one the most ancient ones in Greece. Its ability to deliver high yields even in hot and arid conditions turned it to the most favourable choice for vine growers, especially when back in the 80’s the demand for massive inexpensive white wine was high.

After two decades of “bad” reputation, Savatiano makes the come back as a catalyst for quality-driven rennaissance. Non-irrigated low yield bush savatiano vines can produce some very fine terroir-driven wines with great ageing potential.

In PGI Ritsona, white wines from Savatiano have zesty acidity and are softly fruity.

In PGI Thiva, wines are creamy in texture and mellow.

At a glance
Resistance to drought
bunch size
Medium sized berries in large and tight bunch
Vigorous and productive, late bud break and late ripening
Style of wines
Light and refreshing whites with oily texture with fascinating ageing potential
Food pairings
Seafood, white meat, vegetable dishes, and Mediterranean specialties
Savatiano produces
Light and fresh white wines with fruity and herbal aromas that can age well Creamy-textured white wines that have undergone extensive maturation on their lees Full-bodied, yet with well-defined fruit aromas white wines that have matured in oak barrels
Fun fact
It is the most widely planted grape variety in Greece and one of the most ancient. Its name probably derives from the greek word for Saturday (Savato)
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