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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Constance Chamberlain

Wine Marketing Professional for Austria, Chile, and Pernod Ricard, millenial wino,WSET Diploma student, freelance wine writer, permanent Greek wine supporter. My favorite wine regions are generally those that are the lesser-known, come find out why!

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Popular wines made in Greece under $20

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Varietals Produced in Greece View all

  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Boutari

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

  • Gaia Estate

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

  • A & G Papaioannou Vineyards

    Thanasis Papaioannou is one of the first producers who understood and promoted the idea that wine...

  • Argyros

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

  • Domaine Sigalas

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

  • Popova Kula

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko 2013

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    This smells almost sweet on the nose with lots of baked apple, lemon cream pie aromas over a base of dusty and white peppery minerality. Bright and clear on the palate, the texture here is lovely, tissue thin and fine with plenty of juicy acids and the flavors are nicely detailed if subtle with layers of creamy citrus, citrus pith and quince on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santo Wines Santorini Nykteri 2013

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    Candied and sweetly floral on the nose with a hint of butteriness and a touch f honeycomb along with gentle suggestions of sweet fruit and a hint of a spearmint top note. A touch of gas on the palate lends this a prickle on the tongue. Easy drinking, round and full, this remains well grounded with smoky mineral notes, a hint of saltiness, and fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Nykteri 2012

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    Earthy with the wood from barrel ageing immediately apparent on the nose. Its well integrated adding resiny, sweet and smoky nuances to the nose but obvious and slightly more pronounced than the ripe pear and green floral notes that emerge in the glass. Lovely and bright on entry, this has a little weight and just a touch of roundness and creami... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sigalas Santorini 2013

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    Dusty on the nose with decidedly volcanic soil aromas, steely white fruits, a hint of something vaguely celery like, more like cardoon and some dried citrus pith notes. Broad on entry, and rather elegant, this is chiseled in the mouth with great salinity and savoriness up front followed by hints of white peach, lime pith and a faint red apple no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Hugely salty and mineral on the nose right out of the bottle with slow to emerge aromas of lightly melony and orange rind tinged fruit. this gains a hint of apricot with additional air but never loses its piercing seabreeze and salty notes. This is rich yet cutting in the mouth. A real wow wine with terrific energy even though there is substant... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wow. It sounds like you went more for the beauty of the scenery than the wine.. ... ... when I went to Crete in Greece. We went on a lovely trip up the mountains and there were little metal huts every now and again.. the elderly folks, because they had no pensions or other means of income would illegally brew something called Oozo... now the s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The 'weirdest' wineries out...


  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's ... Germany, Austria, Portugal, Greece and Hungary. Their infrastructural costs (esp. France's) are generally no less than California's, so why are CA wines so pricey, even domestically, forget about on the international marke Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


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