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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • A & G Papaioannou Vineyards

    Thanasis Papaioannou is one of the first producers who understood and promoted the idea that wine...

  • Gentilini Winery

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Tikves Winery

    The Tikves wine district, recognized as the most important quality vine growing region in Macedon...

  • Mercouri Estate

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


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

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  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis 2008


    Spicy on the nose with pear fruit tones, salty minerals and a touch of glue. In the mouth this is big, rich and polished with great depth of fruit and a zesty yet muscular texture that highlights the dried fruit notes of the mid-palate and the notes of white pepper and salt on the long finish. Wonderful balanced and complex this is beautiful win... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Santo Wines Vinsanto NV


    I brought a bottle of this raisin wine back from Santorini and have to have more. where can I buy it? It's so silky smoothe and sweet. Very special. Read More

    Wine review by rybonborn

  • Argyros Atlantis Red 10-3 2006


    A funky nose of barnyard and ripe red fruit. A bit of sweetness initially with tons of ripe cherry, cranberry and leather. Finish is mouth puckering with chalky tannins. Weird but very interesting ride of flavors. Read More

    Wine review by Wendy Crispell

  • Avantis Syrah Nemea NV


    No written review

    Wine review by sphocas

  • Kir-Yianni Syrah Vin de Pays d'Imathia 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by sphocas

  • Boutari Moschofilero White 2007


    Light color. May have been a bad bottle. Bit off balanced with flabby midpalate. Really did not like it. Tasted like cheap wine at a chinese restaurant. Read More

    Wine review by jdepetrillo

  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2004


    Its like having a piece of lemon meringue pie in your mouth, citrus with hints of vanilla and cream. A porch pounder for sure. Read More

    Wine review by huddy1981

  • Lyrarakis Thrapsathiri Armi Vineyard 2013


    Dark, thick and sweet. Much like a port, at least to my untrained palate. Read More

    Wine review by danmac

  • Middle Sister Pinot Grigio NV


    nice refresher. a little overpriced though. paired it with plain old fish and chips. smells like a beer which i found interesting and funny with the meal. this wine is apples for days on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Zoran Juric

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