Liatiko is a Cretan variety with mildly dark skin, exclusively grown in the Iraklion and Lasithi prefectures where it is used in the PDO wines of Dafnes and Sitia. Liatiko grapes produce both sweet and dry wines. Despite its weak orange-red color Liatiko is not to be underestimated, as it yields wines high in alcohol and full of flavor.
A typical Liatiko red features an intense nose, with notes of red fruit and sweet spice; its body tends to be full and condensed while its tannins are soft. Sweet Liatiko wines are produced by sun-drying the grapes and feature raisin and dried fruit aromas.
A good Liatiko red has significant aging potential and can be enjoyed with roast lamb and other meat-based dishes.