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

  • Agiorgitiko

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Popova Kula

    The Popova Kula Winery and vineyards are located on the south slopes of the Grand Hill (Veliko Br...

  • 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...

  • George Moraitis

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

  • Bosinakis Winery

    Bosinakis winery has a strong family tradition in winemaking and passion for quality wine. Bosi...

  • Boutari

    Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries i...

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  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... ... Or maybe something from Greece. If it's more Cab, um, OK.This, however, is one of those statements that people are wont to make offhand but that need more thought:This is what was so interesting about being in London: there, wine culture is so rooted in age-old... Read More

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  • Big Al - Good God man! Don't take my word on this stuff!!!!!For most ... ... ... from Spain or France or Greece or Slovenia that isn't on the list. People in the wine business are usually curious folks and lots of times they let you bring something unusual just so they could taste it. Just remember that sales people are calling on them all da... Read More

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  • Yeah, hills are interesting all over.In warm sunny Napa, it's because ... ... get smaller berries, etc. In Greece, they couldn't grow anything else on the hills except vines and olives. In Germany, they grow vines on the hillsides to capture every last ray of sunshine because it's so cold. In the Loire valley, they can do OK on the flatlands a... Read More

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  • The nice thing about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is much less expensive than ... don't forget Italy and Greece. Too many whites to mention now. But yeah, venture beyond Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc by all means.Good luc Read More

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  • Spyros Hatziyiannis Assyrtiko Santorini 2008

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    Took a chance and bought this on sale/close out. I know this wine is supposed to be a bit darker and bigger than a normal white wine and slightly oxidized but this one was rusty orange and had a distinct port nose and flavor, little to no acidity or fruit. Way passed its prime - lesson learned. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Most cheap red has excessive residual sugar, but then there are also the ... Marvodaphne (Pelopennesus, Greece) both of which have some aspirations to quality without giving up much in price.  Read More

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  • Kouros Nemea 2010

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    Wine review by jwgwine


  • Kourtaki Retsina NV

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    Wine review by Austinista


  • Kouros Agiorgitiko 2007

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    Interesting Greek wine made from the Agiorgitiko grape. Nothing special but different. Somewhat light and thin in body, raspberry, red cherry, medium+ acidity and a fairly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • My answer would be that Every Tropic Paradise wine destination should carry Dry ... ... Spain Rioja, Australia, Greece and USA. Many more I am sur 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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