Traditional white wine from the Ionian island Zakynthos (Greece) who next to the Retsina one of the two wines with the special rating OKP (protected from origin and with traditional wine press method). The name comes from the Italian "Verde" (green, meaning "the green") and was already mentioned in the 19th century; the Ionian Islands were under Italian influence for a long time ( Venice ). The wine has nothing to do with the Italian grape variety Verdea to do. It is made from white varieties with deliberately different levels of ripeness. These are Skiadopoulo (fully ripe, with at least 75% share, but experience has shown that this is often undercut), Areti. Goustolidi (very cute, already rosiniert ), Pavlos ( Malvasia Bianca Lunga ) and Robola produced.
The grapes are read together and also processed together (meaning a Mixed sentence ). After a short maceration, the grapes are pressed and ripened (often without filtration ) in small oak barrels at least until next autumn and longer. By different strengths oxidative expansion the slightly cloudy up to 15% vol alcoholic and acidic wine has a yellow to brownish color with a green hue. It has a certain resemblance to Orange Wine, In the past, the classic Verdea was tapped directly from the barrels in the taverns, but today it is also bottled. Recently there are also lighter, only weakly oxidized variants.