Greece offers outstanding value for its wines. Many Greek varieties are extinct or nearly so but the aromatic white Malagousia has been rescued, as has Lagorthi and Crete’s Vilana. Some other widely planted varieties are Assyrtiko, Roditis and Savatiano.
Anatolia played a pivotal role in the early history of wine and has been one of the earliest wine producing regions of the world. Some of the native Turkish varieties include Yapıncak, Papazkarası, Sultaniye, Öküzgözü and Boğazkere. In recent years, some of the international grape varieties have increased their presence, including Sémillon (known as Trakya), Riesling, Muscat and Gamay.