The vineyards of Dafnes

The vineyards of Dafnes are situated on the northeastern slopes of Mount Idi, west of Archanes, at altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 feet on semi-mountainous terroirs. The variety cultivated is the red Liatiko, a local, pale-hued cultivar suitable for the production of excellent sweet wines. Liatiko is rare in that it ripens quite early—as early as late July— hence its name which derives from the Greek word for July. The vineyards of Dafnes grow in soil lighter than in the nearby areas of Peza and Archanes, sandy, often gravelly and of low fertility. Certain international cultivars have also settled successfully.