Wines of Greece
Wine has been an important part of Greek culture for over 4000 years as the numerous archeological discoveries throughout Greece indicate. The ancient Greeks knew well the nutritional value of wine as it became an inseparable part of their daily regimen. They loved to organize intellectual gatherings called “symposia” where they would eat and talk about philosophical subjects while drinking wine. They also realized the important influence of the local ecosystem on the characteristics of wine. Even in the earliest periods, they traded their wines throughout the ancient world inside sealed amphorae and created their own Appellations of Origin.
In recent years, the Greek wine industry has undergone tremendous improvements with serious investments in modern wine making technology. The new generation of native winemakers is being trained in the best wine schools around the world and their efforts are paying off as Greek wines continue to receive the highest awards in international competitions as well as the recognition they deserve throughout the world.
What makes Greek wine so unique are the more than 300 indigenous grape varieties grown there, some of which have been cultivated since ancient times. Many of the world’s best wine critics agree that the distinct flavors that come from these native grape varieties are a strong marketing advantage for the Greek wine industry. Many well-known international grape varieties are also used in Greek wine making. This extensive variety of grapes together with the moderate Greek climate, plentiful sunshine, low average rainfall and soils of moderate fertility combine to provide an excellent environment for the production of high quality wines.