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 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • 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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  • Gaia Estate

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

  • 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...

  • Hatzidakis Winery

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • 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


  • Klima Xynomavro' 2006

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    bland sugar water. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Alpha Estate Red Blend Vin de Pays Florina Axia Xinomavro Syrah 2006

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    Nice Greek red; will look for more xinomavro blends... Read More

    Wine review by Alto Zee


  • L'Union de Cooperatives Vinicoles de Samos Muscato Samos Nectar 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by eeckert


  • Villard Tanagra Syrah 2005

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    I had been tested this wine of 2007, it has a superb perfume of smoky, paper, herb, and blueberry. Layered and fine tannic, it is easy to drink from now. Very sweet and smooth in the end....... Read More

    Wine review by Lico1209


  • Tikves Kratosija Macedonian 2004

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    This wine is characterized by an intense ruby-red color and aroma of red berry fruits and an extremely pleasant taste. It has a light and harmoniousstructure and smooth finish. Try this wine with roast meat, grilled food and various strong-fl avoredor smoked cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by MkWineLover


  • Hi. In my attempts to find wines to match my courses, I stumbled upon this ... google Ice Wine retailers in Greece. Still haven't found any.I could carry over the Riesling from the second course, or I could buy the local VinSanto (I'm in Greece) or Samos dessert wine, but I really would like to get a Canadian Ice Wine. Any suggestions of wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic around the world in 3 courses


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    A truly rich and fruity wine. Read More

    Wine review by Derek Ashton1


  • Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia 2008

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    a lovely smoky, chalky, dried apricot and peaches on the nose wine; great crisp acidity paired with rambunctious juiciness. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


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