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...

  • 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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  • Gaia Estate

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

  • Boutari

    Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries i...

  • 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...

  • Gavalas

    Our winery is located in Megalochori, and you will get there by walking through a small lit up st...

  • Gentilini Winery

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

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  • 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


  • Rapsani Tsantali Kreikka Punaviinit Tsantalis Vqprd Rapsani 2005

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    Perhaps it was the gorgeous Athens weather, or the savory Greek food, but our small foursome fell in love with this wine. It is a clear garnet color--with a velvety feel. This Rapsani has the most inviting bouquet, and provides an aftertaste that echoes its luscious flavor. We paired it with pork, veal, lamb, and beef, and it proved to be an el... Read More

    Wine review by nancelot


  • Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos Muscat Samos Samos Grand Cru 2005

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    Pineapple and lemongrass on the nose. The wine has a very thick and sugary texture. Interestingly there are some darker, chemical notes towards the rear -interesting and I'm not sure if i was a fan of those. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Maurodaphne de Patras

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    insuline..not for diabetic..danger kill Read More

    Wine review by potsos


  • Maurodaphne de Patras

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    megalh malakia autos o krasos..eleos...the biggest bullshit wine...wtf!!!!!!!!!!!its so sweet that u r gonna need insulide injections....fuck it..the worst wine ever Read More

    Wine review by potsos


  • Achaia Clauss Red Blend Nemea Demestica NV

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    pppppprrr...kalo einai alla re malakes minarides patrinoi me ksenerwsate...afhste na valw egw ena tag pou 8a gamaei...eleos kolompinedes Read More

    Wine review by potsos


  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007

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    This is a great introduction to Agiorgitiko. It's classically styled with soft acids but not too chunky allowing the red berry fruits to take center stage. It's got some snap to it so don't think this is flabby and it offers up some toasty notes and a hint of underbrush on both the nose and the palate. This could use some more length and elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis 2008

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    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


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