by Markus Stolz

Moschofilero

byMarkus Stolz
October 1, 2009, 6 Comments

 

Part of a series of videos to bring 100 different Greek grape varieties to you.

Fact File Moschofilero

MantiniaArea grown: Planted throughout the Peloponnese and also on many Ionian islands. It is at its best in Mantinia where the vineyards lie high. The cooler climate leads to grapes that are low in sugar, low in alcohol, and high in acidity.

Grapes: Moschofilero is a pink grape variety. It is harvested fairly late from late September to late October.

Nose/bouquet: Citrus fruits, lemon flowers, rose petals with some similarities to Muscat and Traminer.

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About Markus Stolz

Over the last years, I have come to really appreciate Greek wines. There are many grape varieties that exist only in Greece and I have the good fortune of being able to try them all. I wish to share my enthusiasm with wine lovers around the world, who often limit themselves to maybe four red and four white grape varieties for most of their life.

  1. Thomas PellechiaOctober 3, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Another good bit of information. I remember the first time I tasted Moschofilero–it was the same producer–about ten years ago. At the time, my first thought was, “is this grape a traminer?”

    Not only the wine (rose petals and citrus), but also the grape’s color are so much like muscat/traminer. Do you know if anyone has done a DNA trace on it?

  2. elloinosOctober 3, 2009, 5:21 pm

    Thomas, thanks for your kind words. I quote Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW: …modern DNA analysis has proved that the Moschofilero family is separate from these two varieties (Muscat and Gewurztraminer).

  3. Thomas PellechiaOctober 4, 2009, 3:52 am

    Thanks. Is there a link to the Lazarakis quote?

  4. elloinosOctober 4, 2009, 8:52 am

    See his excellent book The Wines of Greece, page 63.

  5. Thomas PellechiaOctober 4, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Oh, I read that book a long time ago. I’ll look it up.

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  1. […] the Peloponnese is a real treasure chamber. Apart from the flagship varieties like Agiorgitiko and Moschofilero, well known ones like Roditis and Mavrodaphne, there are dozens of other captivating varieties. […]