Latest Greek White Wines

A round up of current releases from some of Greece's best terroirs.

 


The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the new, two pieces of a whole that keeps us excited and satisfied. Interestingly there is some similarity between the two. With the familiar we discover new vintages and producers with some regularity, while the new is all based on those moments of discovery. Of course at some point, as we delve deeper into this world, some of what was new becomes familiar, pushing us to dig ever deeper into the hidden corners to uncover those moments of excitement that  keep wine tasting fresh and thrilling.

We live in exciting times when it comes to these discoveries. Looking back a decade or two or three it’s fascinating to see what was yet to be discovered. We spoke in such broad terms about new regions. Chablis and Bordeaux may have been familiar, and perhaps Chianti, but the Loire Valley or Piedmont on the other hand were exciting new regions, both for consumers and the trade as well. Retailers and sommeliers were always on the lookout for the next great thing, and when building off such a narrow base it was easy to say that Barolo, or Barbaresco if you were really in with the cool kids, was the next undiscovered gem.
With the passing of decades these wines have become quite common and familiar, as have our understanding of the reasons behind their character. Back then it was enough to be different, today we, the wine consuming public want to know why. Our easy assumptions about wine, old world wines are tannic or acidic while new world wines are soft and fruity, have for the most part fallen by the wayside. No today we want to know why a white wine has such minerality. We want to understand the difference between warm climates and cool climate, between vines grown in volcanic soils and alluvial soils.

OK, well maybe not that many of us really want to know such detail but certainly much of the group that makes up the world’s opinion leaders, sommeliers, retailers and journalists, need to know, if for no other reason than to be able to write about these reasons and to be able to break the news to all of our followers. Interestingly this has opened up the world of wine to regions that had difficulty messaging this audience in the past. We are poised on a second revolution of wine, the first being in the vineyards and the cellars. This second revolution though is an information revolution. Not only are regions researching and offering this information like never before, in part due to the difficulty of developing a market based on the character of their wines alone, but with today’s media they are also able to get all this valuable and fascinating information into the hands of the avant garde, and into the hands of all they evangelize to.

Case in point, the wines of Greece.


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Top Greek Whites for Summer 2013

1.
Domaine Hatzimichalis Kapnias Hatzimichalis (2009)
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Estate Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi (2011)
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3.
Hatzimichalis Lefkos (2011)
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4.
Nasiakos Moschofilero White (2011)
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5.
San Gerassimo Robola of Cephalonia (NV)
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6.
Nasiakos Greece Mantinia Dry White (2011)
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7.
Lyrarakis Dafni (2011)
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8.
Boutari Matsa Malagouzia (2011)
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9.
Alpha Estate Axia Malagouzia Alpha Estate (2012)
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10.
Nico Lazaridi Queen of Hearts Macedonia (2011)
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  • Snooth User: texas42
    527922 28

    My favorite Greek white is the 2011 Kostas Lazaridis Amethystos (Drama) -- Sauv. Bl., Sem., and Assyrtiko grapes

    Jul 02, 2013 at 6:13 PM


  • Snooth User: gcavaligos
    1137002 25

    Afianes winery makes TAMA hard to find but well worth the search

    Jul 02, 2013 at 6:29 PM


  • Snooth User: Riste
    1303141 25

    I have two favorite table red wines.
    Boutari Naoussa
    and
    Achaia Clauss Demestica

    Jul 02, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Graperover
    1168793 29

    Have a look at http://www.graperover.com: "Working on the most comprehensive guide for Greek wines, recipes and culture"

    Jul 03, 2013 at 9:10 AM


  • Snooth User: tsaiyuin
    459840 1

    Santorini has some of the most lovely lighter bodied whites. I was sorry not to see anything listed here.

    Jul 03, 2013 at 7:40 PM


  • Have you got the Greek wine Retsina ?

    Jul 05, 2013 at 12:11 AM


  • Snooth User: Funb0bby
    1262477 24

    Spelling mistakes are prevalent in this article. Spell check?

    Jul 05, 2013 at 11:18 AM


  • First of all when you say the 10 top Greek Wine you must be very carefull......thats not the top 10, some of theme are very nice indid but Naisakos Moshofirelo 2011 is not suitable to drink because its a variety which must drihk it fresh so the 2012 is the right!!There much much more better wine from those, exaple where is OVILOS White ( Ktima Vivlia Hora ) who has 93/100 in the Wine Spectator, Alpha Estate White 2012 ( Sauvignion Blanc ) one step up from Malagousia Axia and when we speak about Malagouzia after Gerovassiliou Estate who is far away the best there are some others like...Alexandra - Claoudia Papagianni Estate, Citrous ( i forget the Estate now ), Tetramythos Estate - Malagouzia e.c. t.
    The list is long and wonderfull about the Greek Wine so stay tuned and keep on drinking - tasting and you' ll remeber me....

    Jul 07, 2013 at 2:33 PM


  • So as concern the greek wines..... really there are much more choices than those. I dont like to say this better or worse..... but you have to be more carefull.... for example number 4 and number 6 is the same wine.... Mantineia is the region like (chambli) and moschofilero is the grape..... every white wine from Mantineia is moschofilero...... there are many intersting more wineries like Papaioanou / Skouras / Semeli / Manousakis / Avantis/ that you really have to try........
    The Greek wines are back and they are really top quality........

    Jul 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM


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