Romeiko is a light red-skinned variety grown mainly in the region of Chania, in Crete. Romeiko yields strong alcoholic wines, with low acidity and weak orange colour. Bottled Romeiko is mainly available from local cooperatives and is a light, floral table wine with little interest.
The traditional wine from this grape, called Marouvas, is a heavy, strong tasting wine reminiscent of Sherry or Brandy which is commonly aged for many years in used barrels. One could characterize it as an oxidized wine with benzoic, citrusy aromas prevailing.
Modern day efforts to produce elegant sherry-like wines from Romeiko are extremely interesting and perfect to pair with fish stews, fermented cheese or aged ham.