WHITES DRY WINES
White wine is produced by fresh grapes of the variety Vilana. The mountainous vineyards of the zone of Peza offer the ideal conditions for the cultivation of Vilana.
While it is vinified on its own for PDO Peza whites, for PDO Sitia whites it is aromatically enhanced with a little from the white variety Thrapsathiri.
The white variety Vilana gives wines with a moderately deep yellow color, medium intensity of aromas in the nose and mouth. Fresh and well-formed wines, light in body, with soft acidity and medium alcohol. The white dry wine PDO Peza is produced with the classic white wine vinification method, or with the pre-fermentation extraction (skin contact) method.
Then follows the static debourbage and the inoculation with a pure culture of selected yeasts, which reflect the aromatic character of each variety. The temperature during the alcoholic fermentation doesn’t exceed 20 °C.
Vilana is the white variety of the PDO Peza white wines and may be the most commonly grown variety in Crete. The special art of making wine from it requires experience, as it is a sensitive variety, creating a wine of medium acidity and flowery aromas.