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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  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

  • 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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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  • Manousakis Winery

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

  • Domaine Evharis

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

  • George Moraitis

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

  • La Tour Melas

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

  • Popova Kula

    The Popova Kula Winery and vineyards are located on the south slopes of the Grand Hill (Veliko Br...

  • Agroktima Skouloudis

    In Mytikas, the heart of "Liladio Pedio in the island of Evia, Greece, Skouloudis Family has crea...

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Greece on Snooth

  • Domaine Mercouri Red Blend Antàres 2003

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    Day 1) Began by splashing wine into my wine glass about 90 minutes before getting around to experiencing it. First impression on the nose was "sweat socks", followed closely by tobacco, rosehips and dirt. Reminds me a bit of a Rioja I had in Gran Canaria. The taste at this point was still quite tight, sour and oaky. This wine definitely needs a... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Ktima Kir Yianni Xinomavro Akakies 2005

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    Wine review by Aura


  • Domaine Mercouri Red Blend Antàres 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Day 1) Began by splashing wine into my wine glass about 90 minutes before getting around to experiencing it. First impression on the nose was "sweat socks", followed closely by tobacco, rosehips and dirt. Reminds me a bit of a Rioja I had in Gran Canaria last Summer. The taste at this point was still quite tight, sour and oaky. This wine definit... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


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