Greek terroirs


Greek terroirs play a key role in the shaping of a wide range of unique wines. They are divided into four broad categories:

• Mountainous and semi-mountainous

• Coastal

• Continental

• Volcanic

Greek terroirs are mostly mountainous and semi-mountainous, which is reflected in most of the country’s PDO wine zones. These are the best endowed, due to the country’s hot and dry climate. Coastal Greek terroirs are similarly gifted, in common with those adjacent to lakes and rivers, but to a lesser degree.
The vineyards of the island of Santorini are virtually the only ones that grow on a volcanic terroir, with particular viticultural features that are invaluable in terms of the wines they yield.