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The tradition of wine-making in the Macedonia region of Greece dates back thousands of years. Evidence of ancient grape seeds have been found during excavations, along with storing and drinking vessels. Throughout early history, during the Greek and Roman empires, Macedonian wines have been carried and sometimes traded throughout Europe. There was much “worshipping” of the wine gods Dionysus in the Greek era and Bacchus during the Roman empire. Although such things were forbidden in the Christian age of Byzantium, sacramental and table wines were still important to Greek culture. Crusaders brought back Macedonian wines to their respective countries, and brought Greek vines to plant at home, which is why so many varietals throughout Europe have Greek origins. The culture survived throughout the Ottoman empire, finding places where wine was still enjoyed despite Muslim restrictions. But the Phylloxera blight in the late 1800s was a terrible blow to the Macedonian wine industry, along Read more »

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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...

  • Vranec

  • 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...

  • Assyrtiko

    Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on ...

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  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... and legit. Have had them in Macedonia (forgot in an earlier post in another thread about them that I'd been there--that 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 woul... Read More

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  • OT, VV heeds the old saw, "Variety is the spice of life."  If I ... history comes right out of Macedonia.  I half expected to see an article by GregT when I googled the subject, since he wrote one of the best pieces on Hungary and has such a thirst for (sorry, bad and unintentional pun) knowledge of the historical sort.  They must be legit bec... Read More

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  • Duncan, no unfortunately we didn't get this in Macedonia, but now you've got me thinking ...We've also had this Macedonian white made from the rkaciteli grape.Purchased both of these from our local WineStore, and they're a real bargain (~$10).   Read More

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  • Macedonian wine sounds interesting. Did you buy it in Macedonia? I have just finished a very old bottle [1983 ] of Crozes-Hermitage by the negociant Jean Astier and written up my review on here Read More

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  • Tikve Vranec "Special Selection" 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This is an interesting and different red from Macedonia. Chewy, grainy tannins go along with somewhat sour blueberry and cranberry tart. Fairly long finish and a medium of acidity. Will be interesting to see how the rest of the bottle tastes after a day or two of air. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tikve Rkaciteli "Special Selection" 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very interesting diversion with this excellent Macedonian Rkaciteli. Starts out like a laid back well made sauv blanc but then ends with some nice ripe peach and really nice acidity on the back end with a fairly lengthy finish. This is going to the top of my quality vs price list. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Yea, Macedonia was always separate from Greece, never in the history has Macedonia been called Northern Greece until 1912. The sentence alone sounds funny in the description: Crusaders brought back Macedonian wines to their respective countries, and 'brought Greek vines to plant at home', which is why so many varietals throughout Europe have Gre...

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  • Tikves Winery T'Ga Za Jug 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Gerovassiliou Red Blend Epanomi Avaton 2007

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    Spicy, minty and fleshy on the nose with aromas of pink peppercorns and toasted nuts over a base of taut red and black fruit that reminds me of red and black raspberry candies. This is dark and tall on entry, really shows lots of height in the mouth and relatively little breadth as it seems tightly wound but offers up plenty of black cherry and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alpha Estate Xinomavro Amyndeon Hedgehog Vineyard 2009

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    Fairly oaky and dry on the nose with aromas of tea, old wood, caramel and an earthy/mushroomy edge layered over some dark, spicy fruit. Lots of wine on entry, big and fruit then the acid kicks in almost immediately to add definition and focus. the plate is rich with spicy red fruits, raspberry and even strawberry toned if rather muscular. Theres... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alpha Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes

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    This is rather candied on the nose with aromas of red licorice, necco wafers and tootsie rollls layered over and obscuring the more fruity aromas. Air tempers the sweetness adding in subtle herbal flourishes. A bit weighty on entry, this has a seductive texture, smooth and polished but also subtly tactile with dusty little tannins. the flavors ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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