Vasilaki

Vasilaki is a white grape variety grown in Bozcaada Island known with the name Tenedos in ancient times on Aegean Sea. Vasilaki was brought to the island in the early 1900s from Aleksandrapoli. Since then, it has been cultivated in Bozcaada and is used today by six companies. Early Vasilaki harvests are used for winemaking, and late harvests are used for eating fresh. Vasiliki wines has crisp acidity, of pale lemon color that are consumed best when young. The resulting wine is dry, refreshing and light in color. While local island wines are gaining more attention, due to increased tourism activities on the island, lands dedicated to vineyards are diminishing. Consequently, attention to local grape varieties and production levels have decreased in recent years.

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