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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • George Moraitis

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

  • La Tour Melas

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


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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Gentilini Winery

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

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  • Spiropoulos Mantinia 2013


    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

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • "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


    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


    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

  • Domaine Douloufakis Vidiano Dafnios 2014


    Frosty notes of honeyed lemon and light pear on the nose are inviting and show a bit of heat and spice. The spice continues through to the mouth where it is joined by tart lemon and tangerine flavors, a hint of butter on the back palate, some lingering pear and tart lemon custard. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Santo Wines Assyrtiko Santorini 2014


    High notes of heat and top notes of pineapple and violet with orange blossom and marmalade. Pleasant minerality and acidity with green apple and lime fruit flavors, some salt brick acidity and minerality graces the finish with white pepper and pear. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko-Athiri Santorini 2014


    Fiery aromas of rich peach and lemon on the nose, a good dose of steely minerality and green apple with an inviting savory and white peppercorn note. Excellent structure is immediately obvious, with well balanced flavors of lemon and melon, firm round fruit and buoying acidity. This is a well crafted selection worthy of attention. In addition to... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gavalas Winery Santorini 2014


    Boldly pronounced aromas of dried apricot, lemon and mango with a good dose of heat rolling off the nose as well. Crisp and tart flavors of lemon on entry, coming through the mid palate with explosive acidity highlighting the strong citrus notes. There's also a touch of a wooded note towards the long finish with a whisper of melon rind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • The optimal situation stands between the two positions, don't you think ... it is pretty "Ancient Greece" - Aristotle in particular)?  But a case of something akin to nectar of the gods is worth a plug - just as exploring what's out there (no reference to a certain handle intended).  Life is short, and the path to the end can be just as enjoya... Read More

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