Vradiano is not only a very old variety that used to grow on the east shore of Central Greece and in Sporades islands but also a very rare one until today. Its name derives from the Greek word “vradys” which means lazy or arriving late, probably linked to the late ripening of the variety. In some vintages harvesting can take place as late as October.

Though Vradiano is now widely cultivated, it offers a wide variety of wines as winemakers rush to explore its capabilities.

In PGI Slopes of Knimida, rose wines have pronounced red fruits aromas and are easy to drink. Red wines express ripe red fruit aromas with notes of sweet spices, are smooth and warm on the palate.

In PGI Evia, rose wines express fresh forest fruits aromas, are delicate and refreshing. Red wines have aromas of ripened fruits along with notes of tobacco, are generous and with round mouth.

In PGI Phthiotis, rose wines have distinctive aromas of freshly cut forest fruits, with a pleasant finish. Red wines develop aromas of red fruits and spices, remaining fleshy and silky

At a glance
Resistance to drought
bunch size
Medium sized grapes in medium sized bunches
Vigorous and productive, late budding and very late ripening
Style of wines
Fruity and refreshing roses. Rich red wines with spicy notes
Food pairings
Cooked and grilled meats, rabbit stew, hard yellow cheeses
Vradiano produces
Light-bodied fruit driven, refreshing rose wines Deep colored red wines with ripe fruit aromas and sweet spices Complex and robust age worthy reds when yields are tamed Sweet reds from sun-dried grapes, rich in red fruit and chocolate aromas Fortified, fruity character sweet wines
Fun fact
The name derives from the greek word Vradys meaning the one that moves slow, as it is one of the last grapes to be harvested
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