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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Constance Chamberlain

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Hatzidakis Winery

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

  • Gaia Estate

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

  • Domaine Evharis

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

  • 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...

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  • Cavino Imiglykos NV


    Nearly one year after dadmulders review: The restaurant gave me this wine as a present when i paid..., i love it! Fruity, soft finish. Read More

    Wine review by win0r

  • Santorini Koutsoyiannopoulos


    Winemaker's Notes:Fine white wine made from Assyrtiko grapes cultivated with special care from the family winery. The wine derives from the natural fruit of the grapes without pressing which is called, "anthos." Fresh and fruity and of excellent quality bottled after five months of fermentation. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain

  • Gavalas Winery Santorini White Dry 2008


    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


    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


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

    Wine review by mstock

  • Domaine Tselepos Mantinia Amalia Brut


    No written review

    Wine review by ftezen

  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by TE6083

  • Domaine Mercouri Roditis Foloi 2006


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by davestar

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