A red variety of French origin cultivated in the Bordeaux region, in recent years planted over great expanses all over the world. In Greece it is grown in 23 prefectures in Epirus, Thessaly, Macedonia, the Peloponnese and Central Greece. It ripens in late August.
The wine of this variety is high in alcohol, with a balanced acidit, a characteristic aroma, a supple, full-bodied and well-balanced palate, and it ages well. When blended with other wines it improves their colour and aroma and speeds up the required ageing time, therefore making the wine ready for consumption sooner.
The Merlot is used in making a number of single- or multi-varietal Vins de Pays (Epanomis [of Epanomi], Dramas [of Drama], Makedonikos [of Macedonia], Kranias [of Krania], Imathias [of Imathia], etc.).
[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]