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Offline Maik

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Robola, the next big thing?
« on: Thursday, 02 January, 2020 @ 08:26:53 »
What will be the next big thing in Greek wine after Santorini?

Over the last decade, Assyrtiko from Santorini has gained great acclaim in the world of wine, and this has contributed significantly to the fame Greece has acquired as an emerging wine country... Nevertheless, Greece also has a plethora of other native varieties—over 200 according to the Greek database—which grow on spectacular terroirs, and this cannot but prompt the question of what could be next for the country’s wine industry.

The next big thing in Greek wine needs to go beyond limited production and scarcity to cover more markets with continuity in supply. Otherwise, the risk of losing the message is high.

Manolis Giamniadakis, one of Greece’s wine business experts, says that with Santorini at its limits, the next bet will be to bring the success of other regions and varieties to the fore. He sees Crete and Cephalonia as obvious candidates.

Without a powerful story like that of Santorini, it seems unlikely that a single place or variety will be able to come forward as the next big thing. The Greek islands, however, collectively offer multiple regions and grapes. And what is the one thing that 35 million tourists bring back home after their holiday? The best memories from the islands they have visited. Why not also take a bottle of a distinctive wine?

Cephalonia has a similar story, but with more focus on premium and terroir-driven wines from producers such as Gentilini, Petrakopoulos, and Sclavos. Located in the Ionian Sea, it is the sixth largest Greek island.

The white Robola shows great promise. It is planted in vineyards that rise to 850 meters, mainly in the central and southern parts of the island. In the regions with an abundance of limestone soils, the wines tend to be more elegant and mineral-driven – these the Italians would call vino di sasso (wine of the stone). In the Paliki region, more clay-based soil yields fatter whites as well as structured reds from Mavrodaphne, a variety that has been rediscovered for the production of dry reds.

Offline TonyKath

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Re: Robola, the next big thing?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 02 January, 2020 @ 12:21:22 »
Well, I've been doing my best for years!



Offline Bryan-in-Kilkis

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Re: Robola, the next big thing?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday, 02 January, 2020 @ 16:10:26 »
The wines of the Goumenissa region (about 30km west of Kilkis) would also be a great candidate.  Aidarini's output is especially well-regarded in this area.