Hands up if your experience of Greek wine begins and ends with retsina?
If so, Greek wine probably seems as inaccessible as Greek mythology but this month we landed a couple of great new Greek whites in store so it seemed timely to share them and their history with you. They also both begin with the letter R but they couldn't be more different to retsina. Both are made from the Robola grape which makes high quality, distinctly fresh dry whites. It's usually grown on islands rather than the mainland and is especially famous for its role in great whites from the Ionian Islands, particularly Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Kerkyra (also known as Corfu) and Lefkada. The best wines made from Robola can be full bodied, powerful, dry and lemony with aromatic fruit aromas but very different in style to the relatively narrow range of white wines we focus on iin New Zealand. The two new Robolas we have are exciting wines with tension provided by this grape's naturally high acidity and a full body adding depth.
About the Petrakopoulos winery
The two Robolas we have are made by the Petrakopoulos winery, located near to Thiramonas in the south of Kefalonia. Its grapes are grown on Mt Ainos and nearby and the winery is housed in a small villa, run by winemaker Kiki Siameli.
2019 Petrakopoulos Classic Robola Kefalonia RRP $45.99
2019 Petrakopoulos Palia Armakia Robola Kefalonia RRP $69.99