TASTE LEFKAS WINES ON YOUR VACATIONS
What if you have been in the island of Lefkas and you did not taste the local Lefkas wines !! Well it’s a big miss !! After all don’t forget that tasting the local food and wine is part of your travel. And Lefkas has its own grape varieties both for red and white wines !!
The main red wine variety of the island is ‘Vertzami’ with its characteristic dark red color. Almost the 70 percent of the island’s wine production comes from this variety. The rest comes from white grapes which produces the white wine variety of ‘Vardea’.
DESCRIPTION OF LEFKAS WINES
Lefkas earth is dry and rocky and the Vertzami grapes like climbing the steep hillsides of the island up to an altitude of 800 meters. The higher location the grapes are, the better the wines they give with lower alcohol degrees and lighter red colors. On the contrary the low altitude vineyards produce more strong taste wines with very dark red colors and higher alcohol degrees. So there are three types of Lefkas wines to order in a restaurant on your vacations. First of all the red wine which comes from dark red grapes of the local Vertzami variety. Second the white wine which comes from white grapes of the local Vardea variety. And finally the rose wine which comes from a perfect match of Merlot and Vertzami varieties. However still there are only a few Merlot vineyards in the island.
VINEYARDS LOCATIONS OF LEFKAS WINES
Driving to Nydri from the island’s capital Lefkas, the first stop of your wine exploration should be at Lygia fish village at Vertzamo winery. Next stop should be at Karya picturesque village on mountainous Lefkas. There you have the chance to taste Karsanikos local wines. After Karya you should stop at Platystoma village to meet there the wine makers of Siflogo Lefkas wines. Also from the highlands of Platystoma you can enjoy a fantastic sea view. Of course the view of Nydri gulf and its islets such as Skorpios, Madouri, Kalamos and Meganisi is stunning. In addition you can enjoy there a lunch in a nearby traditional tavern with some Greek homemade recipes. On the next day of your wine exploration take again the road to Nydri and stop at Fterno village at Lefkas earth winery and its own exhibition. In particular take a tour there with their local guide and meet all of their wine production procedures. Finally your last stop should be at Agios Ilias mountainous village to meet there the wine makers of Lefkas Hills wines. Of course don’t miss a visit to their vineyards and enjoy a lunch in a local picturesque tavern. That’s it, you are a Lefkas Wines Expert now.