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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  • Gavalas

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

  • Domaine Sigalas

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

  • La Tour Melas

    Greek, Organic vineyard/winery producing high quality red wine.

  • George Moraitis

    The Moraitis family came to Paros from the Peloponese during the revolution of 1821. In 1970, The...

  • Volcan Wines

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

  • Manousakis Winery

    Philosophy Over the millennia, the Lefka Ori of Western Crete have been abundant with the island...

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  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2006


    No written review

    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


    No written review

    Wine review by moshi

  • Santo Wines Vinsanto NV


    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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    Wine review by GarMick

  • Calliga Rubis


    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

  • Ktima Techni Oinou Alipias 2007


    extremely aromatic, well bodied with nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by poiuyt

  • Ktima Techni Oinou Alipias 2007


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    Wine review by poiuyt

  • Domaine Hatzimichalis Merlot 2006


    Smooth. But hard to find. Read More

    Wine review by Suffie

  • Parparoussis Mavrodaphne 2003


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    Wine review by Jonathanb

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