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Savatiano grapes

by | Feb 27, 2017

Savatiano is referred to as a very famous variety of white wine grape that mainly finds its existence and origin in Greek.


This grape variety is primarily taken into use for the production and preparation of the famous Greek wine called Retsina.

This white wine grape variety is considered as one of the most extensively planted varieties of white wine grape of Greece.

To be more specific, this white wine grape variety is planted in the region of Central Greece and to be more precise in Attica near Athens.

This white wine grape variety is known for its amazing resistance to a number of drought conditions. In Retsina, the use of this white wine grape is nothing but to balance the level of acidity.

It is furthermore compensated for by the addition of other varieties such as Rhoditis as well as Assyrtiko in the blend.

This white wine grape variety covers large tracts of land in the regions of Central Greece and therefore this region are mostly seen covered in the vines of this grape.

Apart from its pivotal role in the famous Retsina wines, this white wine grape variety is also used as a major component as to the preparation of the dry wines of Savatiano.

This white wine grape variety can be easily planted and cultivated in the Mediterranean region because of its amazing drought-resistance properties.

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In fact, it has been cultivated in this particular region for over a period of hundred years now.

At the same time, the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety are also carried out in small quantities in the regions of Greek Macedonia, Peloponnese as well as Aegean Islands where this grape variety plays a role of a workhorse variety.

In addition to Attica, this white wine grape variety is also found in the region of Euboea as well as the Bulgarian town of Pomorie that was once known as a famous Greek colony of Anchialos.

Apart from being used as a blend, this white wine grape variety is also used as a single varietal wine which is made without the Aleppo pine resin found in the wine of Retsina.

Today, this white wine grape variety is cultivated on an area extending up to 50,000 acres of land throughout the regions of Greece and therefore it can be considered that this variety is one of the most planted varieties of the country, the popularity of which is never seem to be ending.

The name of this white wine grape variety is believed to be a Greek word for Sabbath.

Today, this white wine grape variety is addressed under a number of synonyms by the locals such as Perachoritis, Stamatiano, KountouraAspri as well as Domdrania.


This white wine grape variety is indigenous to Greece and it is still planted in this region in huge quantities. It is believed to be originated in the region of Attica, located near Athens.


The grapes of this white wine variety are considered to be very low in terms of acidity and this is the reason why they are used in the blends with other acidic grapes in order to balance the level of acidity in the resulting wines.

The vines of this grape variety are very much resistant to drought and therefore they can perform well in almost all kinds of climates of Greece.

The grapes of this plant are traditionally medium to large as to its size and in terms of appearance; they adorn the hues of pale yellow to white.

When these grapes are vinified, they produce the wine that embraces varying hues of yellow, mostly deep yellow.

This white wine grape variety is able to produce the wines that are considered to be intense as well as herbaceous as to its flavor, mostly showing characteristics related to citrus and white flowers.

As already stated, the grapes of this plant play a very important role in the production of the wines of Retsina.

Most of the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are produced for early consumption since they retain all their characteristics when consumed early.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety taste the best when they are paired with different food items such as smoked vegetables as well as fired zucchini and honey tart.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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