But you should seek this wine. This is a grape steeped in antiquity and history. When Hercules finished his labors (chores), he came to Northern Evia to chill out in the hot Springs near Gialtra. I want to believe that he sipped on this restorative wine while hanging out in the mineral rich waters. I bet he did, especially if it was anything like some of the styles coming out of Evia these days.
As it is fashion, man fails to recognize the gifts he is conferred. Like many other grapes in the Old World, Vradiano vineyards were either neglected or pulled out to make way for other crops or real estate. Phylloxera took it’s toll as well and this grape would very well have been lost to history if not for the efforts of the Vriniotis family. To understand Vradiano, you have to know about the place which is it’s natural home – Northern Evia.