A red variety of French origin cultivated in the Bordeaux region, in recent years planted over great expanses all over the world. In Greece it is grown in the prefectures of Epirus, Thessaly, Macedonia, the Peloponnese and Central Greece. It ripens in late August.
This variety gives wines high in alcohol, with a balanced acidity, a characteristic aroma, a supple, full-bodied and well-balanced palate, that age well. When blended with other wines it improves their colour and aroma and speeds up the required ageing time, therefore making the wine ready for consumption sooner.
The Merlot is used in making a number of Local Wines (Epanomis, Dramas, Makedonikos, Kranias, Imathias etc.).