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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Assyrtiko

    Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on ...

  • Agiorgitiko

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

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  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Domaine Sigalas

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

  • George Moraitis

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

  • Domaine Evharis

    Evharis estate agricultural activities relate to the production and bottling of different varieti...

  • Gavalas

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

  • Manousakis Winery

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

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  • Semeli Winery Moschofilero Feast 2013

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  • Sounds like we do need a trip to Greece after all.  Maybe in 2019?  I previously wondered why their wine storage vessels (amphoras) are shaped the way they are.  They look unstable and likely to break from rolling around in the hold of a ship.  However, their shape makes more sense when you read this Wiki post:"An amphora (Greek: Αμφορας, Englis... Read More

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  • Skouras Zoe Red 2015

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    Superb, drinkable wine that EVERYONE, even the wine snobs with us at dinner tasted and said, WOW! There is no after taste, and the flavor on your tongue as you drink it is fresh and tasty! I had never had it before but am now finding a store near me that has it! Read More

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  • Gavalas Winery Assyrtiko Santorini 2015

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    Enjoyed with past - very nice wine, but a bit expansive. Read More

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