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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • George Moraitis

    The Moraitis family came to Paros from the Peloponese during the revolution of 1821. In 1970, The...

  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

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

  • Argyros

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Join us for a spectacular tour of Greek wines led by the leading Greek wine ... from different regions of Greece. The event will be held at Molyvos, known as the best Greek restaurant in New York. More information and RSVP at Read More

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  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... other ... other flora in place first. Greece, Italy and the northern Mediterranean coastlines were likely the earliest but they all had other growth before grapes--not to mention the forests of France and Germany and Austria and Hungary that got cut down within the last few hund... Read More

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  • "Think again: Almost all the European wines are grown on land that has ... ... Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, the former Yugo, as well as SA and the Antipodes.  As Fox rightly points out, costs are often cheaper (as long as those targeted by the Chinese and other arrivistes are avoided).Oops, I'll step back out of the ring myself and let the ... Read More

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  • Semeli Mantinia Nasiakos 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • 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


    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Historically the northern frontiers of Greece. Huge interaction with it. Where Alexander the Great started. In 20th century was part of Yugoslavia. There are some countries where you lay the substrate for a night out in beer and later hard stuff, while in others you start with wine. Macedonia for me is wine (yogurt and cheese pretty good, too). ... 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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  • Outstanding white wines, specially from Santorini and Mantinia

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