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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • George Moraitis

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

  • Argyros

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

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

  • Abeja

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini Nykteri 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Katerinoula


  • Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia 2007

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    Tasted the '08 Robola Gentilini from Cephalonia, Greece and loved the clean, crisp flavors with enough depth and tinge of sweetness to stand up to the spices of good Indian food. Read More

    Wine review by Vgemite


  • Tselepos Moschofilero Mantinia 2008

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    Crisp peach nose with a lean and racy minerality. Nice mouthfeel and oilyness. Lemony zest before a rich papaya finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Boutari Santorini Santorini 2008

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    A slightly heavy, resinous nose with light lemon tea robe. Orange rind and nutmeg abounds. A slightly "traveled" odor of stewed peaches and gooseberry. Similar flavors on the front and back palate. A bit warm but with the adequate, lively acidity associated with the Assyrtiko grape. Can be drunk young (no patience required - I disagree with... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Skouras Agiorgitiko Nemea Saint George 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by rajuno


  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rex Madden


  • Creta Olympias Winery Vilana Mediterra 2005

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    Great taste and aftertaste! It fits yellow cheese very much and fishes without sauces of intense flavour. A great come-back of the Cretan white dry wine variety called "Villana". Read More

    Wine review by Blue Raven


  • Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi Thessaloniki 2007

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    citrus, some pear and melon with a little floral and honeysuckle on the nose. Crisp, citrus flavors with some floral notes, fairly complex with a Greek white wine, very nice acidity and mouthfeel, enjoyable finish Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Boutari Naoussa 2003

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    Truffles with plums and figs on the nose. There's an undercurrent of meat. Tight attack, which broadens quickly to an earthy wine with strong tannins. Powerful yet supple with cherry flavors. Nice dense finish with a lot of licorice and anise flavors.2 years in barrel and 2 in bottle, this 03 is the current vintage! Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Santowines Assyrtiko Santorini 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by stella brown


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