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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Constance Chamberlain

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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Abeja

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

  • Bosinakis Winery

    Bosinakis winery has a strong family tradition in winemaking and passion for quality wine. Bosi...

  • Hatzidakis Winery

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

  • CANAVA ROUSSOS

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

  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Argyros

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

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Greece on Snooth

  • Skouras Moscofilero 2013

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    Light dry slightly sweet crisp white. Pairs incredibly with pho and other thai foods Read More

    Wine review by gretch23


  • Kourtaki Retsina White

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    My family has been drinking Retsina from Greece since the 1970's and we use it with our Greek and Turkish meals. Read More

    Wine review by chucky3


  • Torciano Chianti Crete Rosse 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by radu120


  • The proportion will increase non-CA with subsequent pages in their listings, ... of Spain, Italy and maybe Greece or Austria or. Expecting too much, I know, but. Read More

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  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... ... was a crazy trip), Greece and Montenegro. OT seems happy in his entrenched provincialism. I suppose if you had to drink from only one local source there wouldn't be many places better than Sonoma, but I don't think there's one country in Europe, North America and the anti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • C'mon, guys.  OT drinks better than 95% of all wine drinkers. ... ... tiny villages in Spain, or Greece or Italy.  I really don't think he's missing out on that much.So, tonight, I am drinking a Chardonnay from the tiny village of Lompoc, which has a long winemaiking tradition dating all the way back to the 20th century. This one hits my sweet... Read More

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  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Assyrtiko Read More

    Wine review by cindypliska


  • Sigalas Santorini 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko 2013

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    This smells almost sweet on the nose with lots of baked apple, lemon cream pie aromas over a base of dusty and white peppery minerality. Bright and clear on the palate, the texture here is lovely, tissue thin and fine with plenty of juicy acids and the flavors are nicely detailed if subtle with layers of creamy citrus, citrus pith and quince on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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