Appellation on the north coast of the Greek peninsula Peloponnese. It is named after the port city of the same name (Greek: Patra) and capital of the region of western Greece on the Gulf of Patras in the Ionian Sea. In the 19th century, mainly currants ( sultanas) were exported to Great Britain and France via Patras. While buying currants, the German Gustav Clauss (1825-1908) came to the area and founded Achaia Clauss in 1872, one of the largest and still existing wine trading companies in Greece. The vineyards cover around 4,000 hectares of vines in the district of Achaia, making Patras the largest POP area in Greece. Most of it forms a contiguous unit, but there are also many small vineyard islands. The autochthonous grape varieties Mavrodaphne, Roditis, Sideritis and Korinthiaki, as well as Moschato Aspro (Muscat Blanc) are mainly cultivated here. There are four POP appellations in total. Patras covers the whole area, the other three appellations are each more narrowly defined areas or enclaves.
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