The Greek wine legislation, along with those of the other EU countries, is changing. The European Union has introduced a unified system for all its members. The implementation was phased and will be concluded by the end of this year. It is important to note that for the time being, both terms, from the old and the new framework, can be used on the wine label.
The new framework is called the Protected Geographical Status (PGS). It consists of geographical indications that are defined by EU law to protect the names and reputations of regional foods.
The PGS consists of the following 3 geographical indications:
1. Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
In Greek this is called Προστατευόμενης Ονομασίας Προέλευσης (Π.Ο.Π.). It replaces the OPAP and OPE categories from the former legislation.
2. Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
In Greek it is the Προστατευόμενης Γεωγραφικής Ένδειξης (Π.Γ.Ε.) and replaces most of the TO’s from the former legislation.
3. Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)
In Greece these are Ποικιλιακοί Οίνοι that will replace the former OKP’s.
All other wines that do not meet the requirements of the PGS framework will be marketed as Table Wines. In Greece, the term Επιτραπέζιος Οινος (EO) remains.
Please look here for the former Greek wine legislation and its terms.
Greek PDO Wines by regions:
Macedonia: Naoussa, Goumenissa, Amyndeo and Plagies Meliton
Thessaly: Rapsani, Anhialos and Messenikola
Peloponnese: Nemea, Mantinia, Monemvassia-Malvasia, Patras, Muscat of Patras, Muscat of Rio Patras, Mavrodaphne of Patras
Aegean Islands: Limnos, Muscat of Limnos, Santorini, Paros, Rodos, Muscat of Rodos, Samos
Ionian Islands: Robola of Cephalonia, Muscat of Cephalonia and Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia
Crete: Peza, Archanes, Sitia and Dafnes