Greek Wine

Wine has been a part of Greek culture for at least 4,000 years. Of course, the “worship” of the ancient Greek god of wine, Dionysus, played an important role in lifestyle and cherished folklore for many centuries. 

While excavating an ancient structure on the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered Minoan era wine presses, chalices, amphorae (that iconic two-handled, clay vessel) and wine grape seeds that date back to the 3rd century BC. In another dig, remarkably well preserved wine vessels were found in the ancient palace of King Minos in Knossos. On the mainland, the Myceneans, who existed from 1600-1100 BC, used fine gold and silver goblets to drink wine. Homer makes several mentions of wine in the Odyssey, which has in-depth descriptions of, for instance the  importance of wine as a travel comfort. Amphorae were shaped taller, with a pointed base, to allow for easier storage, and were distributed evenly to maintain the equilibrium of the ships. The ancient amphorae vary Read more »

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Wine and food pairing specialist. With retail, wholesale and import expertise, and the curiosity of an ex-archaeologist, I love to uncover the wines that are the truest expressions of place and time.

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Varietals Produced in Greece View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Mercouri Estate

    The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 k...

  • Hatzidakis Winery

    The Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1996 by Haridimos and Konstantia Hatzidakis on the island of...

  • Manousakis Winery

    Philosophy Over the millennia, the Lefka Ori of Western Crete have been abundant with the island...

  • Gavalas

    Our winery is located in Megalochori, and you will get there by walking through a small lit up st...

  • Domaine Sigalas

    The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially loca...

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

    In Mytikas, the heart of "Liladio Pedio in the island of Evia, Greece, Skouloudis Family has crea...

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Greece on Snooth

  • I'm with you, Mark, on the passion fruit (esp. since it'll be chemical, ... ... Spain, Southern France, Greece, Malta, Israel and North Africa where garlic was steeping in bottles of olive oil on a kitchen counter. As were chili peppers, and various dried herbs like rosemary and thyme, each bottled separately. Great stuff to cook with. Over in... Read More

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  • Rouvalis Roditis Asprolithi 2010

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    The first impression I get from this wine is that it is very light bodied. Little to no fruit on the tip of the tongue. As it passes back, though, there is a pretty nice crisp green apple taste. This wine makes me think of Vinho Verde as much as anything else. Certainly is easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Good points.BTW - that Morgon by JP Brun is a really good place to start. Good ... of your life. Not to mention Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, many states in the US and well, the rest of the world.You're starting well. Keep it up.And you can find tasting descriptions here and there - you can take cour... Read More

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  • Skouras Moscofilero 2013

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    Light dry slightly sweet crisp white. Pairs incredibly with pho and other thai foods Read More

    Wine review by gretch23


  • Kourtaki Retsina White

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    My family has been drinking Retsina from Greece since the 1970's and we use it with our Greek and Turkish meals. Read More

    Wine review by chucky3


  • Torciano Chianti Crete Rosse 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by radu120


  • The proportion will increase non-CA with subsequent pages in their listings, ... of Spain, Italy and maybe Greece or Austria or. Expecting too much, I know, but. Read More

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  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... ... was a crazy trip), Greece and Montenegro. OT seems happy in his entrenched provincialism. I suppose if you had to drink from only one local source there wouldn't be many places better than Sonoma, but I don't think there's one country in Europe, North America and the anti... Read More

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  • C'mon, guys.  OT drinks better than 95% of all wine drinkers. ... ... tiny villages in Spain, or Greece or Italy.  I really don't think he's missing out on that much.So, tonight, I am drinking a Chardonnay from the tiny village of Lompoc, which has a long winemaiking tradition dating all the way back to the 20th century. This one hits my sweet... Read More

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  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Assyrtiko Read More

    Wine review by cindypliska


  • Check out the complete guide of Greek wines, food & culture:http://graperover.com/

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  • Outstanding white wines, specially from Santorini and Mantinia

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