PGI Chania

The PGI Chania zone is defined by the limits of the district of the same name in western Crete. The vineyards must be at altitudes of over 30 m.

The PGI Kissamos wine zone has existed for many years in the northwestern section of the Chania district and is the only PGI zone to cover an entire area in
Crete. Nevertheless, there are also vineyards and wineries in the central section of the district (Akrotiri, Theriso, Keramies, Moussouri) and in the northeastern section (Kryonerida) of Chania, and total production far exceeds that of the Kissamos area. With the introduction of the PGI Chania designation in late 2010, nearly the entire wine-producing region at the western end of Crete has acquired its own identity.

Varieties


Athiri, Vilana, Vidiano, Thrapsathiri,
Muscat White (Muscat of Spina), Macabeu, Trebbiano, Kotsifali, Liatiko, Mandilaria, Romeiko, Tsardana, Fokiano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache Rouge, Syrah.

Wine Types

• Dry white, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Dry rosé, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Dry red, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet

Sweetening is permitted in the production of semi-dry and semi-sweet wines.
Sweet wines may either be fortified wines or sun-dried wines. In the latter case, other than grape exposure to the sun, no further intervention is permitted (sweetening, concentration, fortification).