Protected Designation of Origin Peza
Grape variety: Vilana
Region: Locations Panorama & Tholi in Houdetsi and Ag. Vasilios, Heraklion.
Terroir: Altitude of 500 meters, non-irrigated mountainside vineyards, argillo low-fertility soil, bushlike pruning, yields of 39-52hl/ha. Frequent northern winds that blow especially during summer, cool the environment and increase the difference in temperature between night and day.
Oenology: unveiling the varietal aromas is our primary concern. This is why we strictly avoid the use of aromatic yeasts, whilst the 5-months maturation period in steel tanks enhances the aromas of the Vilana variety.
Name: The hillside vineyards of Peza are even nowadays separated by the traditional dry stone walls, known as “xerolithias”, hence our name. The “xerolithias” were built with stones (=lithous) that were stacked one on to the other plain, without mud (=xero) thus creating a natural boundary for each vineyard, protecting them also from erosion.
Personality: Straw-yellowish color in the glass. Nose with intense aromas of citrus fruits (citron and lime) which mingle with exotic fruits in the background (pineapple, mango). Full and balanced on the palate, with the typical fine acidity and minerality of the Vilana. The perfect expression of the Peza terroir.