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 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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Varietals Produced in Greece View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Bosinakis Winery

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

  • Tikves Winery

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

  • George Moraitis

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

  • Boutari

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

  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • La Tour Melas

    Greek, Organic vineyard/winery producing high quality red wine.

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  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... Italy and south France and Greece and Croatia are basically very cold regions, whereas upstate New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, whic... Read More

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  • I'm with you, Mark, on the passion fruit (esp. since it'll be chemical, ... ... Spain, Southern France, Greece, Malta, Israel and North Africa where garlic was steeping in bottles of olive oil on a kitchen counter. As were chili peppers, and various dried herbs like rosemary and thyme, each bottled separately. Great stuff to cook with. Over in... Read More

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  • Rouvalis Roditis Asprolithi 2010

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    The first impression I get from this wine is that it is very light bodied. Little to no fruit on the tip of the tongue. As it passes back, though, there is a pretty nice crisp green apple taste. This wine makes me think of Vinho Verde as much as anything else. Certainly is easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Good points.BTW - that Morgon by JP Brun is a really good place to start. Good ... of your life. Not to mention Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, many states in the US and well, the rest of the world.You're starting well. Keep it up.And you can find tasting descriptions here and there - you can take cour... Read More

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  • Skouras Moscofilero 2013

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    Light dry slightly sweet crisp white. Pairs incredibly with pho and other thai foods Read More

    Wine review by gretch23


  • Kourtaki Retsina White

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    My family has been drinking Retsina from Greece since the 1970's and we use it with our Greek and Turkish meals. Read More

    Wine review by chucky3


  • Torciano Chianti Crete Rosse 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by radu120


  • The proportion will increase non-CA with subsequent pages in their listings, ... of Spain, Italy and maybe Greece or Austria or. Expecting too much, I know, but. Read More

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  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... ... was a crazy trip), Greece and Montenegro. OT seems happy in his entrenched provincialism. I suppose if you had to drink from only one local source there wouldn't be many places better than Sonoma, but I don't think there's one country in Europe, North America and the anti... Read More

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  • C'mon, guys.  OT drinks better than 95% of all wine drinkers. ... ... tiny villages in Spain, or Greece or Italy.  I really don't think he's missing out on that much.So, tonight, I am drinking a Chardonnay from the tiny village of Lompoc, which has a long winemaiking tradition dating all the way back to the 20th century. This one hits my sweet... Read More

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