The Greek island (Greek: Zakynthou) is the third largest and southernmost of the Ionian group of islands and covers 400 square kilometres. On the east side there are wide sandy beaches, the west side has a rocky coast that drops steeply up to 300 metres, with a mountain range in between. The climate is characterised by sufficient rainfall. Almost exclusively autochthonous grape varieties are cultivated here, these are Agiomavritiko, Areti, Asprouda, Avgoustiatis, Goustolidi, Kakotrygis, Katsakoulias, Korinthiaki, Pavlos (Malvasia Bianca Lunga) and Skiadopoulo. The specially produced traditional white wine Verdea is made from different varieties. There are the PGE (country wine) areas Metaxata, Patras, Trifylia and Verntea Zakynthou (Verdea Zakynthos), but no appellations classified as POP (Prostatevomenis Onomasías Proelefsis) (quality wines). In addition, a large quantity of table grapes and sultanas are also produced. Well-known producers include Komoutos, Solomos, Verdea and Voultsos. North of Zakynthos is the island of Kefallonia.
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