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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  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Gaia Estate

    Gaia Estate was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki) and Y...

  • Gentilini Winery

    From September 2002 the new generation has officially taken over the ownership of Gentilini. With...

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

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

  • Volcan Wines

    Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for it...

  • Tikves Winery

    The Tikves wine district, recognized as the most important quality vine growing region in Macedon...

  • Argyros

    Estate Argyros was established in 1903 by Georgios Argyros, in a 5 acres vineyard located in E...

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Greece on Snooth

  • Hi Demelza.  That wine of course is Chardonnay, so you can find other ... ... ... comes from Santorini off Greece, or some Italian grapes like Fiano or Arneis. Those aren't necessarily easy to find in some places but if you're in New York, you're OK. If you're in NYC, try a few places like Astor Wines, Chambers Street, Flatiron or Uva. They'll... Read More

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  • Skouras Moscofilero 2014

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

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  • Rivers Marie is its own thing.The OP was about Cab and Cabs are tough but if ... adventurous you are, maybe Greece and other places.In CA, at your price range, if you look at non-Cabs, look at wines from producers like Edmunds St. John - people like Steve Edmunds make wines that are in a class of their own and they're not expensive. Or Halcon ... Read More

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  • Somehow the US Navy needs to get involved, too. Destroyer, sub and SEALS, at ... ... of Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece. We won't want to see what the producers and director do to the script, anyway. Maybe out of guilt the producers will lend us their yacht to support our ongoing vinous research. Drown our shame in wine, soon to forgot that we fo... Read More

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  • Nice avatar, Twisted. Welcome to Snooth.Tell us about the wines of Moldova: the ... ... and maybe longer than Greece. Read More

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  • Amalia Brut

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    Dusty sawdust aromas of peach and melon with a touch of lemon. Very zesty in the mouth with loads of fruit flavor of melon, butter and toasted yeast. Nicely mellow and soft towards the mid palate showing a touch of papaya and mango on the finish. Read More

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  • Interesting philosophical concept: is there such a thing as objective beauty? ... ... thing back in Ancient Greece about, anyway? Why is it that so many of us do recognize quality in certain wines? Or that there is a common 'this is crap' reaction in so many cases? Relativism is interesting, but is it truly valid, or something else?No time to... Read More

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  • Greece was bigger, but PC is under water to the tune of 1000%.  They owe ten times what their assets are, conservatively.  That's astounding.BTW, one of the unsecured creditors is Adam Smith.  Invisible hand of good?  Rational self-interest? Read More

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  • Their outlier low pricing and ridiculous delivery schedule kept me away. If ... was worse, Premier Cru or Greece financially, probably Greec Read More

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  • Here for business, but finding the time to work in some wine escapades. Last ... try my first decent glass of Greece, Xinomavro at that. Landed on this wine as it had a few years in bottle as opposed to some other more recent vintages.While the nose was clearly firm, it was giving off a very nice perfume, not unlike a nice Nebbiolo from Piedmo... Read More

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  • 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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