Ionian Islands

Ionian Islands

38° 29' 59.99" N


20° 29' 59.99" E




about this region

The winemaking traditions of the Ionian Islands are deeply rooted in the local culture. Winemakers in the region often use traditional methods passed down through generations, but modern techniques are also employed to ensure the production of high-quality wines.

White wines dominate the production in the Ionian Islands, with Robola being a key player. These wines are typically crisp, refreshing, and well-suited to accompany the local cuisine, which often features seafood and Mediterranean dishes. In addition to white wines, sweet Muscat wines and fortified Mavrodaphne wines are also highly regarded and sought after. The latter is especially famous for its rich, sweet, and complex character.

Apart from its significance in winemaking, the Ionian Islands are also renowned for their stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture. Wine tourism has been on the rise in the region, with many visitors exploring the vineyards, cellars, and wineries, while also enjoying the beautiful scenery and local hospitality.

In conclusion, the Ionian Islands wine region in Greece offers a diverse array of wines, primarily focused on indigenous grape varieties. With a combination of favorable climate, traditional winemaking techniques, and an emerging wine tourism industry, the region continues to gain recognition for its unique and flavorful wines, making it a fascinating destination for wine enthusiasts.


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Vineyard Hectares



2065 - 2200

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Discover Terroir

The Ionian Islands wine region is located in the Ionian Islands archipelago, a group of islands situated off the western coast of mainland Greece. The Ionian Islands wine region includes all the wine-producing areas within the various islands that make up the archipelago. The seven main islands in the Ionian archipelago are Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Ithaca, Paxos, and Kythira. But the most relevant wine growing regions are Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada and Zakynthos.

The wine-growing region of the Ionian Islands has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, dry summers, but without excessively high temperatures. This is possible thanks to the proximity to the Ionian Sea, which has a moderating effect on the climate of the region.  In addition, rainfall is more frequent during the winter, while in summer the least amount of precipitation is usually recorded.

The limestone-based soils that predominate in this wine region contribute to the unique characteristics of the region's winemaking. These soils have good drainage properties, provide essential nutrients, and have higher pH levels than other regions, influencing the acidity levels of the grapes and wines produced. The mineral content of the soil, particularly calcium and magnesium, contributes to the wines' minerality, adding complexity and character.


Several indigenous grape varieties are cultivated in the Ionian Islands. Some of the most prominent ones include:

White Grape Varietals:

  1. Robola: This is one of the most prominent white grape varieties in the Ionian Islands, particularly on the island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia). It is known for producing dry, aromatic white wines with good acidity and minerality.
  2. Muscat: The Muscat family of grapes is widely planted in the Ionian Islands, particularly on the islands of Zakynthos and Corfu. Muscat wines are aromatic and often exhibit floral and fruity notes.
  3. Vostilidi: This is a lesser-known indigenous white grape variety found on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) and is used in some local wine production.
  4. White Skopelitis: An indigenous grape variety found on the island of Lefkada, producing white wines with good acidity and a distinct character.

Red Grape Varietals:

  1. Mavrodaphne: This is a significant red grape variety in the region, primarily cultivated on the island of Cephalonia. It is often used to produce the famous sweet fortified wine called Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia, which has a rich and intense flavor profile.
  2. Goustolidi: Another indigenous red grape variety found on the island of Zakynthos, often used in local wine production.

These grape varietals, particularly Robola and Mavrodaphne, are important in shaping the unique character of the wines from the Ionian Islands, reflecting the region's distinct terroir and winemaking traditions.

Although each region of the Ionian Islands has special wines that will surely surprise you, the flagship wines are undoubtedly, on the red wine side, the Mavrodaphne, while on the white wine side the Robolo stands out.

  • In the case of Mavrodaphne wine, it is made in the region of Lefkada, with the Mavrodaphne variety which is native to the island. The main characteristics of Mavrodaphne wines are its very dark red color, its body that varies between medium and full bodied, its moderate acidity and its flavor profile, which can remind you of black fruits such as plum or even some herbs. The more complex Mavrodaphne wines can even develop leathery notes!
  • On the other hand, Robola wines, made in the Kefalonia region, are perfect if you are looking for a wine with a medium body and a good balance of aromas and flavors between citrus notes, such as lime, and green fruits, such as apple. But undoubtedly what stands out most about this type of wine and makes it really unique is its high acidity, which will make it feel very refreshing in every sip, and the mineral or earthy notes that you can find in many Robola wines.

50 - 250 m


800 - 1300 mm


Limestone, with good drainage and high pH level

top varietal

Robola, Vostilidi, Mavrodaphne, Goustolidi

History of wine

The history of viticulture in the Ionian Islands dates back to ancient times, when the Greeks colonized the islands. The Greeks introduced viticulture and winemaking, cultivated indigenous grape varieties and established wine as an essential part of their culture and trade.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Ionian Islands came under the influence of the Republic of Venice. The Venetians gave further impetus to the islands' viticulture, and introduced some Italian grape varieties. Although during the 15th century the Ottoman Empire controlled a large part of Greece, it was never able to control the Ionian Islands. Venetian rule over the islands ended in 1797, when the islands came under French control.

As the 19th century arrived, the islands passed into the hands of Great Britain. The British government continued to promote the regional wine industry, which was reflected in increased exports, especially of Robola wines, made on the island of Kefalonia.

However, in 1830 the islands became independent, and once again became part of Greece.  This brought with it a further boost to local wine production. However, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 19th century, the islands' vineyards were affected by phylloxera.

Despite this, in recent decades there has been a revival of interest in wines produced in Greece, including wines from the Ionian Islands. This was due to a combination of factors, including the revaluation of indigenous grape varieties and the combination of traditional and modern winemaking methods. This helped greatly to increase not only the diversity, but also the quality of the wines of this region.