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...

  • 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...

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  • Argyros

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Gavalas

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

  • Gaia Estate

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

  • George Moraitis

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

  • Domaine Evharis

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Gavalas Winery Santorini White Dry 2008

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    Winemaker's notes: Santorini, dry white wine, is produced from the exquisite ... ... to be the oldest in Greece, it has never been affected by the Phylloxera disease, and the grapes are grown on original stock. The rainfall on the island is limited and the winds in the summer can be very powerful. In order to protect the grapes from the stron... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Santorini Winery Assyrtico 2007

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    Winemaker's notes: ype: Dry white wine, Santorini Appelation of Origin of High Quality.Varieties: Assyrtiko 100%A traditional and famous wine of Santorini, with high alcohol degree and strong character. In the past, the vineyards used to harvested over matured, and they used to crash the grapes during the night, in traditional wineries (Canaves)... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Besbeas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 1998

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    If you like smooth dry Greek wines then try this one. Read More

    Wine review by mstock


  • Domaine Tselepos Mantinia Amalia Brut

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    No written review

    Wine review by ftezen


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    This wine was recommended to me as a good sweet dessert wine so I only have me and my husbands opinion to give. It is very sweet and it packs a punch, there is a lot of alcohol in this wine. However, it is very prune flavored or perhaps raisin flavored with a smokiness. I am not a wine expert by any means its just my 2 cents. Read More

    Wine review by annieok76


  • Palivou Estate Nemea Reserve 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by TE6083


  • Domaine Mercouri Roditis Foloi 2006

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    A clean, refreshing white with nice balance, a creamy mouthfeel, and lemon lingering on the mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Kitsushan


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by davestar


  • Gaia Estate Thalassitis Santorini 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes:100% AssytikoTasting notes: Bone-dry wine with high acid and balance of flavors of delicate honeysuckle and a crisp, mineral finish. This white wine is of a strong personality that will age beautifully for 3-5 years if ideal storage conditions are provided. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Thalassitis Santorini Gai'A 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes: 100% AssytikoTasting notes: Bone-dry wine with high acid and balance of flavors of delicate honeysuckle and a crisp, mineral finish. This white wine is of a strong personality that will age beautifully for 3-5 years if ideal storage conditions are provided. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


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