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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

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  • CANAVA ROUSSOS

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Evharis

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Troupis Mantinia Moschofilero 2014

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    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

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  • Domaine Douloufakis Vidiano Dafnios 2014

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    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

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    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

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    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

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  • Gavalas Winery Santorini 2014

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    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

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... me of Xynomavro from Greece.  Who knows, since it was brought from Greece so long ago.  Stunning wine. Next up was a Teroldego.  Sadly, Teroldego is being uprooted in Italy in favor of international varieties.  A less challenging wine, this could also pair well with a variety of meat ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101--See...


  • Kourtaki White Blend Retsina of Attica NV

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    Took to my WSET 3 class since we were studying Greece, mixed reviews all around. Yellow to light gold in color, the nose is all about pine and lemon. The taste is more of the same with medium light acidity and a medium short finish. Not for the faint of heart. From what I've read, this is not the best expression of this wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... Italy and south France and Greece and Croatia are basically very cold regions, whereas upstate New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, whic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • I'm with you, Mark, on the passion fruit (esp. since it'll be chemical, ... ... Spain, Southern France, Greece, Malta, Israel and North Africa where garlic was steeping in bottles of olive oil on a kitchen counter. As were chili peppers, and various dried herbs like rosemary and thyme, each bottled separately. Great stuff to cook with. Over in... Read More

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