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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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Domaine Sigalas

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

  • La Tour Melas

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

  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Argyros

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

  • Mercouri Estate

    The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 k...

  • Volcan Wines

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

    Snoothrank:

    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?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Spyros Hatziyiannis Assyrtiko Santorini 2008

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic Im looking for an inexpensive...


  • Kouros Nemea 2010

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    Wine review by jwgwine


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