In a nutshell: A delicately aromatic and fresh white from the Greek Island of Crete.
The lowdown: Vidiano is a variety indigenous to this Agean island and this gorgeous example from Vasilis Laderos' and Calliope Volitaki's small winery really captures what it's all about. There are hints of ripe pear, melon and even a touch of banana coupled with a refreshing acidity which balances it all very well. The texture is firm with a bit of minerality, but the lasting impression is of a very generously flavoured wine with a pleasant herbal fragrance.
When to drink: It's great with classically Mediterranean cuisine, seafood dishes, or goats cheese.
The family-owned Idaia Winery was established by winemakers Vasilis Laderos and Calliope Volitaki in 2001 and is still owned and managed by the couple today. The small three hectares of vineyard are situated in the charming village of Veneratou in the Dafnes PDO, near Heraklion in the north of the island, and sit 400 metres above sea level on limestone soil. The area is littered with ancient and Roman wine presses, indicative of the strong presence of wine production in this area since Minoan era until today.
Idaia specialises in crafting wines from the island's indigenous grape varieties including Thrapshathiri, Vilana and Vidiano as Vasilis and Calliope firmly believe in the potential of the indigenous varieties and the winemaking traditions of Crete.