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

  • 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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  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • La Tour Melas

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Abeja

    Spanish for bee, name is pronounced 'ah-BAY-ha'. Name is chosen for its simple beauty and its ...

  • Domaine Evharis

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by zeboquad


  • Skouras White Roditis/Moscofilero Peloponnese 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by joinerz


  • Semeli Mtn Sun Dry White 2008

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    This is a GREAT white wine, dry, soft, elegant, juicy, a hint of fruitiness remenicent of cantaloupe and a soft hint of some kind of herb i can't put my finger on (maybe jasmine). Really great :) Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini Nykteri 2007

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    Winemaker's Notes: S a n t o r i n i ype: Dry white wine, Santorini Appelation of Origin of High Quality.Varieties: ssyrtiko 90%, idani 5%, thiri 5% Vinification: Direct separating of the must from the grapes, clarification and fermatation with selected dry yeastsat 18°C. Duration of fermentation, 15 to 20 days contact With the non active yeast ... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Argyros Ktima Argyros Bareli 2007

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    Winemaker's notes: Estate Argyros BarrelA special wine produced in very limited quantities, has been created by introducing Santorinian Assyrtico grapes to oak barrels from central France.The sedulous selection of grapes, combined with the fermentation and ageing in French oak casks, has produced a rich, full-bodied wine.Wood essence and a hint ... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Gentilini Robola Kephalonia 2009

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    Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia 2009 is an exciting white wine.!! Is fresh and zingy, with loads of tropical fruit great minerality ,refreshing acidity & long aftertaste!!Its a true expression of the limestone terroir of the omala valley !!!Nice with grilled fish, seafood & cheeses! Read More

    Wine review by petrosgentilini


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2006

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    Wine review by juan tiniacos


  • Konstante Gofas Estate Nemea Agiorgitiko 2006

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Constantin Gofas Nemea Agiorgitiko St. George Peloponnese 2006

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Constantin Gofas Nemea 2006

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    Wine review by drsint


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