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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Argyros

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

  • Gavalas

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

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

    In Mytikas, the heart of "Liladio Pedio in the island of Evia, Greece, Skouloudis Family has crea...

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Domaine Evharis

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

  • Domaine Sigalas

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

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  • Okay, I am pretty sure no one has this one. The family of grapes isn't ... ... ... and then ending in Greece.  Before they left, we tasted wines from that region at WineMine--nice coincidence that the tasting was from that region.  And this is what they brought back:No back label picture because there is no back label.  No Cellartracker entry... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... me of Xynomavro from Greece.  Who knows, since it was brought from Greece so long ago.  Stunning wine. Next up was a Teroldego.  Sadly, Teroldego is being uprooted in Italy in favor of international varieties.  A less challenging wine, this could also pair well with a variety of meat ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Took this to my WSET 3 class since we were studying Greece, mixed reviews all around. Yellow to light gold in color, the nose is all about pine and lemon.  The taste is more of the same with medium light acidity and a medium short finish. Not for the faint of heart. From what I've read, this not the best expression of this wine as there is a sto... Read More

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  • Kourtaki White Blend Retsina of Attica NV

    Snoothrank:

    Took to my WSET 3 class since we were studying Greece, mixed reviews all around. Yellow to light gold in color, the nose is all about pine and lemon. The taste is more of the same with medium light acidity and a medium short finish. Not for the faint of heart. From what I've read, this is not the best expression of this wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • 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


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