Wine & Spirits

Eleven Greek Grapevine Varieties Threatened with Extinction to Be Saved

February 24, 2020

ATHENS – The research community’s efforts to save 11 Greek grapevine varieties threatened with extinction are a “powerful” commercial weapon in the hands of winemakers, said Professor Stamatis Angelopoulos, vice-rector of research of the International University of Greece and scientific director of the cross-border project “VineSOS-SOS”.

“The ‘alliance’ of winemakers and growers, coupled with the education provided by the scientific community of Greece, can lead to the creation and placing on the world market of wines of unique taste and aroma and thus of great commercial value internationally,” he said, underlining the significant benefits to the national economy.

He added that the varieties found in Greece “exhibit excellent adaptation to the microenvironment and, despite not being systematically cultivated and thus being threatened with decline or even extinction, exhibit a remarkable resilience.” He clarified that the 11 Greek vine varieties identified account for only 10 pct of the total vine cultivation area “when that percentage was once over 40 pct.”

Asked about their certification as Protected Designation of Origin products, he said that the dossier for at least two Greek vine varieties will be submitted to the Rural Development and Food Ministry by end March.


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