Vlahiko grape variety

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Vlahiko is a red grape variety cultivated in Ioannina-Epirus, Northwestern Greece, and used to produce dry reds, usually aged in oak. Vlahiko gives wines that have a bright ruby colour, with intense aromas suggesting fresh red berry fruit, green leaves and sweet spices. On the palate, alcohol is moderately low, tannins are discreet, while acidity is elevated. Vlahiko is frequently blended with another local grape, Bekari, which is deeper in colour, higher in alcohol and tannins. Despite the lightness of structure, Vlahiko can develop and improve over time, so bottles of these wines can be confidently cellared for four to seven years.