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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  • 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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  • Argyros

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

  • Abeja

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

  • Domaine Sigalas

    The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially loca...

  • Domaine Evharis

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

  • Volcan Wines

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

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  • Boutari Naoussa Grande Reserve 1996


    Winemaker's Notes:Subtle aroma of dried fruit that also gives off a woody scent. Robust wine with body characterized by an abundance of mature tannins. The Grande Reserve Naoussa pairs well with game, red meat and sharp cheeses.source: Read More

    Wine review by schmarty

  • Vranec 2005


    wonderful example of a dry vranec. this goes great with light fare to grilled meats Read More

    Wine review by 2friendsimports

  • Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko Nemea Nótios 2007


    quirky smooth velvety, deep ruby bright berries on top, slate minerals below. Leather and plum. Read More

    Wine review by ibex

  • Nico Lazaridi Magic Mountain 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by krisino

  • Vranec 2005


    This is my first wine from Macedonia! Deep purple hue with a surprisingly crisp, light bodied taste. Crisp red fruit, strawberry and cherry. First thought was like a Zinfandel, but lighter. Pairs well with lamb - our server said "That's because they only eat lamb in Macedonia" Read More

    Wine review by andrew

  • Pavlidis White Thema 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by bwated

  • Tsantali Roditis NV


    ITS AVAILABLE IN CHICAGO AT THE GREEK GROCERY IN GREEK TOWN.I love it. I always end my meal with a big smile on my face...... Read More

    Wine review by Martin La Toad

  • Boutari Moschofilero White 2007


    This is by far the best white I have ever tasted. It is a balance between sweet and dry. Like in between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio/Gris. Forget pairing-this is a treat unto itself. Smooth, crisp, fruity- but not cheap. Read More

    Wine review by catalystah

  • Monte Nero Calligas NV


    Very smooth wine with long finish. Really intriguing! Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik

  • Domaine Gerovassiliou Red Blend Epanomi Avaton 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by clove01

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