Appellation on the north coast of the Greek peninsula Peloponnese. It is named after the port of the same name (Greek: Patra) and capital of the region of Western Greece on the Gulf of Patras of the Ionian Sea. In the 19th century mainly currants(raisins) were exported via Patras to Great Britain and France. When buying currants, the German Gustav Clauss (1825-1908) came to the area and in 1872 founded Achaia Clauss, one of the largest and still existing wine trading companies in Greece.
The vineyards cover around 4,000 hectares of vines in the Achaia district, making Patras the largest Greek POP area. Most of it forms a coherent unit, but there are also many small vineyard islands. In particular, the autochthonous grape varieties Mavrodaphne, Roditis, Sideritis and Korinthiaki, as well as Moscato Aspro(Muscat Blanc) are cultivated here. There are four POP appellations in total. Patras covers the entire area, the other three appellations are each more limited.
The white wine Patras is produced from Roditis and is aged dry, semi-dry and sweet. The sweet white wines Muscat of Patras and Muscat of Rio Patras (Rio is a municipality) are made from Moscato Aspro and are produced as Vin doux naturel (spirituous) or Vin naturellement doux. The sweet red wine Mavrodaphne of Patras is made from the varieties Mavrodaphne and Korinthiaki in port wine style. It must mature in wooden barrels for at least one year. From two years in the barrel and one year in the bottle, it may call itself Reserve, and from seven years (at least three each in barrel and bottle) it may call itself Grand Reserve. Well known producers are Achaia Clauss, Antonopoulos, Katogi Averoff, Kourtakis, Parparoussis and Tetramythos.