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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 and food pairing specialist. With retail, wholesale and import expertise, and the curiosity of an ex-archaeologist, I love to uncover the wines that are the truest expressions of place and time.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Gavalas

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

  • CANAVA ROUSSOS

    Canava Roussos, the oldest on Santorini, was founded in 1836 to produce high quality wines unique...

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Gaia Estate

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

  • Popova Kula

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

  • Boutari

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Kouros Agiorgitiko 2007

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    Interesting Greek wine made from the Agiorgitiko grape. Nothing special but different. Somewhat light and thin in body, raspberry, red cherry, medium+ acidity and a fairly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • My answer would be that Every Tropic Paradise wine destination should carry Dry ... ... Spain Rioja, Australia, Greece and USA. Many more I am sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Should every South Florida...


  • Elios By Boutari White 2010

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    Interesting Greek white blend, crisp, nice stone fruit with some floral notes, a touch of perfume and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Thanks for your answer Jennifer.Here in Greece it's still morning, so more in like 10 hours from now :)I just wanted to open a bottle tonight to taste it. If people say that it can rippen even more,  I ll definitely store some of the bottles for later use. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Expiration Date


  • Erasmios Moschofilero 2012

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    Very pleasant Greek white. Reminds me of a good Italian pinot grigio, light and crisp with some floral notes and subtle citrus flavors. Lemon and green apple with a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    Drink this young. Read More

    Wine review by sarahco


  • Gavalas Santorini 2012

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    ~ Editor's Choice ~Tight on the nose with a fine blend of mineral and subtle sage like aromas. Juicy on entry, this hits the palate with admirably purity and liveliness showing off very clear and tense flavors of dusty dry earth, yellow fruits, and a faint hint of yellow tomato that picks up where the sage on the nose leaves off. I really the cl... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Nasiakos Peloponnese Agiorgitiko 2007

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    Earthy and floral on the nose with some VA supporting a sort of artificial floral tone that brings back memories of big brooms and that weird green dust in High School. Theres a nice sweet base of reds fruit here as well along with a rubbery edge and some gentle spice notes, almost a like Provencal like. Theres good acidity here but the wine sti... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elios Mediterranean Red 2009

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    40% Agiorgitiko, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% SyrahA bit flat on the nose with faint notes of smoky basil stems and old wood supporting slightly tarry black cherry fruit. Soft, round and fruity on entry, this gains some definition in the mouth as the integrated acidity becomes more obvious and the gentle tannins kick in. Theres some pleasant blac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nasiakos Agiorgitiko Peloponnese 2008

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    A little funky and wild on the nose with tart red cherry fruit frame with a bit of tar, hints of pine and a meaty, chalky grey earth core. Medium bodied on entry and both rather rich and rather fruity that the funky, earthy gamey notes emerge quickly on the palate adding a little bitterness to the fruit profile. theres plenty of acidity here to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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