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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • Gavalas

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

  • Boutari

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

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

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

  • George Moraitis

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

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  • 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

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    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


  • Kourtaki Retsina NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista


  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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


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