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

  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Hatzidakis Winery

    The Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1996 by Haridimos and Konstantia Hatzidakis on the island of...

  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Tikves Winery

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Gaia Estate

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

  • La Tour Melas

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Thymiopoulos Xinomavro - This rich, smooth red is produced from the unique ... grape grown in north-west Greec Read More

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  • Alexakis Kotsifali Syrah 2011

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    Dark and smoky blackberry and tar notes on the nose. In the mouth it's tart and tight, with plenty of oak, dark raisin, blackberry and char. 85 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Becky - it's not so much that grapes favor poor soil, it's that often ... ... because that's what Greece is but also because the better land had to be used for growing food. If you're planting wheat, you want as much as you can so you don't starve over the winter. If you're planting grapes, you want as many as you can get too, but you need th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Skouras Red Blend Megas Oenos 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jillpickle


  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jillpickle


  • Spiropoulos Mantinia 2013

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    Interesting Greek white made from the Moschofilero grape. This pours out with a very light pink color and has a subtle nose of lemon pith. There is a combination of citrus, stone fruit and minerality, slightly reminding me of a simple chablis. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • DM, thanks for the correction. I try to use correct terminology but sometimes ... ... your experiences in Greece, would love to hear them first hand some day, maybe over some nice Greek food and win Read More

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  • "I think that for 90% of the readers of that article who want to buy wine ... wine ... time you're in Greece, here're a few places to get some lighter retsin Read More

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  • Kotrotsos Erasmios Moschofilero 2013

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    Very pale yellow color. Fairly big floralcarnationand tropical fruit nose. On the tongue this is a lean quencher. There is some tropical fruit flavor, but more acidity. Towards the back of the palate, there is a, for lack of a better word, stoniness. As much as anything this reminds me of certain Italian white winesArneis might be the close... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Troupis Mantinia Moschofilero 2014

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    Packs quite an aromatic punch of ripe orange, rose water and cayenne with some lemon poking through as well. In the mouth it's more smooth and nuanced, with the lemon lime notes leading the way through to some honey on the mid palate and a floral almost sunflower note that ends with a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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