Sitia

The PDO Sitia zone lies in the district area of Lasithi, covering the slopes of the northeast coast of Crete, up to Sitia and the plateau of Ziros, and the surrounding mountains in the central and southern part of the eastern edge of Crete.

The Municipal Community of Sitia and local communities of Ahladia, Exo & Mesa Mouliana, Katsidoni, Maronia, Myrsini, Piskokefalo, Skopi, Stavromenos, Tourloti, Hamezi and the settlement of Agios Spyridon of the local community of Praisos of the Municipal community of Sitia, the local communities Apidi, Armeni, Ziros, Papayannades and Handras, of the Municipal unity of Lefki, of the municipality of Sitia, are the areas included in the PDO Sitia zone.

The Sitia PDO area is mostly hilly and mountainous, with vineyards planted at altitudes ranging from 300 to 750 m.

The grape varieties grown in the PDO Sitia area are Vilana and Thrapsathiri for the whites, Liatiko and Mandilaria for the reds.

PDO Sitia wines may be dry white or red and sweet red.

Dry whites are made from Vilana (70%) and Thrapsathiri (30%), whereas reds are made from Liatiko (minimum 80%) and Mandilaria.

Another PDO wine produced in the area of Sitia is PDO Malvazia Sitia, established in 2010. Vineyards for the PDO Malvasia Sitia cover the areas of the northeastern part of Crete, in the region of Sitia and Lefki.

The PDO Malvazia wines are made from sun-dried grapes from the following white varieties: Assyrtiko, Athiri, Thrapsathiri, Muscat of Spinas and Malvasia di Candia aromatica, as well as Liatiko, a red grape variety vinified as white. The percentage of Muscat of Spina and Malvasia di Candia Aromatica together, should not exceed the 15% of the blend.

PDO Malvazia Sitia wines are white and may be naturally sweet (without the addition of alcohol) or natural sweet (with the addition of alcohol), which must then be aged for at least 24 months in oak barrels.

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