Area grown: Western parts of Peloponnese (mainly Pyrgos) and the island of Zakynthos. Small plantings are also found on the islands of Corfu, Tinos and Samos.
History: Avgoustiatis is a rare Greek variety, likely coming from the Ionian Islands. There are only a limited number of wineries who work with this variety: Mercouri, Brintziki and Stavropoulos – all from or near Pyrgos, Comoutos from Zakynthos, Tinos Vineyards from Tinos and Vakakis from Samos).
Grapes: Avgoustiatis gives compact bunches with small berries. The plants are sensitive to downy mildew. Harvest typically takes place during the first half of September. The resulting wines are deeply coloured, moderate in alcohol, with high acidity and soft tannins.
Nose/bouquet: Cherries, plums, Mediterranean herbs, lovely spiciness. Medium bodied with fine tannins and vibrant acidity, soft and smooth texture, elegant in style, very expressive, lots of ripe fruit throughout. It finishes quite long.