Iliana Malihin 'Young Vines' Vidiano
A Greekazon special feature by one of Greece's youngest and progressive winemakers from Crete.
A Greekazon special feature by one of Greece's youngest and progressive winemakers from Crete. Just shy of 30, Iliana Malihin has caught the attention of the international trade by producing one of the most natural expressions of the Cretan variety, Vidiano. Her winery hails from the mountain villages of Rethymno and she is elevating the reputation of the area by the potential the land has. Her Vidiano vines are farmed organically, and her wines are low-intervention production.
In her newly converted facility, the grapes are de-stemmed, and the juice is gently pressed into stainless steel tanks. The wine then ferments by natural yeasts found on the skins of Vidiano and matures on its lees, to the melodies of Cretan music, for six months. It is bottled unfined. In the glass, a highly vibrant and textured white wine emerges: You’ll discover high-toned notes of white peach, pear, apricot skin, chamomile, citrus leaf, lemon, melon peel, herbs, while finishing clean.