Discover Greek grapes: Savatiano and Mavrodaphne

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Join Greek wine expert Maria Moutsou to explore different expressions of Savatiano and Mavrodaphne.

Event details

Intermediate wine tasting

Greek wine has played a key role in the development of today's global wine culture. However, its current stage of evolution, the breadth of activities taking place in the country, and the wealth of unique Greek grape varieties remain somewhat a mystery to wine drinkers.

Having touched on Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, Malagousia and Xinomavro in previous webinars, we are now excited to be hosting a tasting at WSET School London. The session will continue our exploration of this diverse wine land, looking at two special grape varieties: Savatiano (white) & Mavrodaphne (black). Both hold important places in the modern Greek wine scene, by their proportional representation nationally, their tasting potential, and the variety of styles that they produce.

Join Greek wine expert Maria Moutsou for a journey through the vineyards of Athens, Patras and further afield to discover and taste different examples of the two grapes.

Example wines:

  • Aoton Savatiano 2019, PGI Attica

  • Aoton Savatiano 2015, PGI Attica

  • Kontogiannis Savatiano 2020 (natural), PGI Peloponnese

  • Nikolou Savatiano Yellow 2019 (natural), PGI Attica

  • Sant’Or Krasis Mavrodaphne 2019 (natural), Wine of Greece

  • Papargyriou Black Daphne Mavrodaphne 2013, PGI Korinthia

  • Zacharias Lexis M Mavrodaphne 2016, PGI Peloponnese

  • Hahalis Sweet Mavrodaphne NV, PDO Mavrodaphne of Patras

About Maria Moutsou:

Maria Moutsou

Maria became familiar with wine at an early age, coming from a family of “domestic winemakers” who produced wine to share amongst friends. Witnessing the attention paid to vine cultivation and winemaking, as well as the pride taken during the wine's consumption, Maria formed a strong relationship with the land and its product.

She has been researching the Greek vineyard since 2012, with the conviction that the Greek terroir is unique. Feeling a great sense of connection with the people tending the vineyards, and having a vision to produce beautiful yet different wines with a narrative, she established an import company in 2014, Southern Wine Roads, and brought a number of quality producers to the UK market.

She has organised numerous tastings on Greek wine in the UK for wine societies, customers and private groups. She attended the WSET program and obtained the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines qualification in 2015. Maria views wine as part of a healthy and balanced diet, to be consumed always with measure and the necessary care, which remarkably enhances its enjoyment.

She is also a medical professional and a member of the Higher Education Academy.

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Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The wine list and speaker/s may be subject to change

We have videographers at WSET School London on Wednesday 1 December. Photographs and footage will be taken throughout this event. These may be used by WSET for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third-party publication. Please contact Rachel at by Tuesday 30 November if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity, and we will let our videographers know.


Tasting level

Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Contact us

If you would like to book over the phone or have any particular enquiries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841. We can also be reached by email at