A white Cretan variety found in the prefectures of Herakleion and Lassithi and sporadically in the prefectures of Rethymni and Chania, on cultivated expanses spanning approximately 350 hectares. It ripens after mid September.
When the Vilana variety is cultivated in suitable soil with a low yield per vine, it yields wines of average to high alcoholic strength, high acidity and with a mediocre aromatic potential. This variety is easily oxidised and requires constant attention during wine-making.
The Vilana is used to produce the dry white V.Q.P.R.D. `Peza` (100%) and `Siteia` (together with the Thrapsathiri variety) as well as certain Vin de Pays (Kritikos [Cretan], Lassithiotikos [of Lassithi], of Kissamos, Irakleiotikos [of Herakleion]).
[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]