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Vilana grapes

by | Apr 16, 2017

Vilana is referred to as a famous Greek variety of white wine grape which is primarily planted in the regions of Crete.


This white wine grape variety is traditionally and typically considered as a workhorse variety of grape that helps to make the wines which are light and delicately flavored wines that are mostly varietal in their kind and produce notes and characters similar to citrus and floral.

Today, a lot of enterprising producers are looking forward to exploring this white wine grape variety along with oak ageing and furthermore blending the same with a number of international varieties; mostly with Sauvignon Blanc in order to create some of the most interesting wines for the wine-lovers.

This white wine grape variety is considered as an undisputed queen of the area of Crete, where it is planted at large.

In fact, in the island of Crete, tasting the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety is nothing but tasting the core white wine styles of this historic as well as celebrated wine region.

The use of this white wine grape variety is mostly carried out for the production of dry as well as fresh wines.

The vines of this white wine grape variety are considered as extremely difficult as to their process of cultivation as well as further handling.

These vines take a lot of time to cultivate themselves entirely and therefore they must be taken care very attentively by the wine-growers there.

The production and cultivation of this white wine grape variety are barely seen outside the area of Greece.

Peza, a famous appellation near the main city of Heraklion of Creta demands all its white wine to be filled with 100 percent of the total ingredient of Vilana.

In this particular region, the elevations are higher and the quality of soil is very sandy and poor. Thus, both these factors hamper the natural tendency of this white wine grape variety to entertain high yields.

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Thus, the production of these vines becomes poor. Moreover, the major reason of the vines of this white wine grape variety being challenging is nothing but its tendency of oxidizing very abruptly, right after its process of harvest.

Thus, if the vines of this white wine grape variety are grown, they must be taken care, particularly in order to sustain the properties as well as the freshness of the grape variety.

Today, the plantation as well as cultivation of this white wine grape variety is mainly carried out in the regions of Heraklion as well as Lasithi.

In the Lasithi region, this white wine grape variety is mainly concerned with the production of the blends where it is mostly blended with another grape variety called Thrapsathiri.

The production and cultivation of this white wine grape variety all throughout Greece are very abundant.

Thus, it gives certain chances to the wine-growers to experiment with this grape variety in the manner they want.

Thus, the result is that this white wine grape variety finds its presence in various multivarietal wines, both locally as well as internationally.  This white wine grape variety is also known under the name of Velana.

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This white wine grape variety finds its origin in the region of Greece. To be more particular, this white wine grape variety owes its origin to the island of Creta, Greece.


The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are noted for its deep yellow color. These wines come along with a medium level of intensity of different aromas.

These wines produce flavors similar to orange, flowers, lemon, pear and several herbs. The wines so produced when served on the palate sustain their freshness and are considered to be as light as to their body, yet broad as to their shape.

These wines entertain a good level of alcohol, which reaches to a scale of medium along with a soft touch of acidity.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are mostly considered as thirst quenching wines that are tasteful and subtle. These wine taste their best when they are drunk in their first few years.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as Greek salad with cucumber, olive, tomato as well as feta and several other Greek desserts.


Michael Bredahl

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