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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • CANAVA ROUSSOS

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

  • 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...

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  • Kouros White 2007

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    Wine review by duchessofdirt


  • Achaia Clauss Retsina NV

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    Wine review by Heathen83


  • My wife and I are headed to the Greek Islands for two weeks in June. We're looking for a heads up of some good wines to try while we're there. Any suggestions? Read More

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  • Harlaftis Cabernet Sauvignon Château Harlaftis 2005

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    Wine review by cdros


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2006

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    Wine review by LABabble


  • As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) ... ... Romania, Bulgaria(!!!), Greece and Cyprus. This tasting will be a real eye-opener.Everything about Italy crammed into just 3 classes?But each of Italys 20 region is like a separate country theres little regional overlap of wines, grapes, and wine culture.A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The WSET Diploma Mise-en-Scène


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2006

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    Wine review by moshi


  • Santo Wines Vinsanto NV

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    Traveled to Italy and Greece in August 2008. While in Fira, Santorini, stopped at a liquour shop and tasted this wine. Fruity with plum or raisin bouquet. Had to buy a bottle to bring home. Excellent! Read More

    Wine review by GarMick


  • Santo Wines Vinsanto NV

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  • Calliga Rubis

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    This is a change of pace from the French wines that I have been recently trying. While the flavor is not as powerful or bold as a French Rhone this is a very pleasant wine to drink. Medium bodied with light tannins. Has hints of blackberries and honey. Very good for the price tag of around $10. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


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