Also known as: Liatis, Mavroliatis
A red variety grown in the prefectures of Herakleion, Lassithi, Rethymni and Chania and sporadically in the southern Cyclades and Cephallonia. It is an early variety and ripens in the second half of August.
The Liatiko yields dry red, high-alcohol, aromatic, medium-acidity wines that lack in colour however, as well as wonderful sweet wines.
This variety is used to produce Appellation of Origin wines such as the dry and sweet V.Q.P.R.D. `Siteia` and the sweet V.Q.P.R.D. `Daphnes`, and is also blended with other varieties to make certain Vins de Pays (Irakleiotikos [of Herakleio], Kritikos [of Crete], Lassithiotikos [of Lassithi]).
[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]