Greece is one of the worlds most ancient viticultural locations, with reference to consumption and cultivation dating back to the 17th Century BC. Many original indigenous grape varieties are still produced across Greece today.
Retsina used to be the countrys most famous grape variety but thankfully times have changed! There is a move among growers to champion indigenous grapes which bodes well for the adventurous drinker. Greece has more than 300 indigenous grape varieties; Assyrtiko, Xinomavro, Robola and Liatiko being the main ones drawing attention for their world class quality.
Of all the Greek islands Crete is the largest wine producer, with the best vineyards found at altitude. Santorini produces the most beguiling and intense white from Assyrtiko. The wines tend to be expensive, but fall firmly in the Fine Wine category. The area with the most unrealised potential is the north of mainland Greece, which is predominantly red wine country. This area is dominated by the Xinomavro grape variety, which continues to yield characterful wines true to their origin.
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2017 syrah/xinomavro, alpha estate, florina
The 2017 Syrah/Xinomavro, Alpha Estate is a 50/50 blend of Xinomavro/Syrah and is full bodied with concentrated, complex aromas of ripe blackberry, spice, vanilla, clove and cracked pepper. Rich, dark fruit flavours, quince and vanilla overtones are complemented by natural freshness from its cool climate origins.
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2018 petali liatiko, diamantakis, crete
The 2018 Petali Liatiko, Diamantakis has a red colour with cherry highlights. Aromas of raisins, caramel, fig, red-black fruits like strawberry, plum blackberry, which are followed by scents of spice like cinnamon and clove. Medium-bodied with lovely fresh acidity and tannins, give a juicy and pleasant finish. A great match to traditional Greek dishes.
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2020 diamantopetra vidiano/assyrtiko, diamantakis, crete
The 2020 Diamantopetra Vidiano/Assyrtiko is a bright, pale yellow in the glass. The aroma is elegant with flavours of pineapple, apricot and chamomile which are combined elaborately with vanilla, nuts and oak. In the mouth, full bodied with crisp acidity that integrates nicely allowing the fruit to be properly expressed. The finish is long as leaving you a wonderful aftertaste with apricot and vanilla hints.
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2020 prinos syrah, diamantakis, crete
The 2020 Prinos Syrah, Diamantakis is a youthful purple with red hints in the glass. On the nose this Syrah is fresh and aromatic with a bouquet of black pepper and blackberries, followed by scents of violet typical of the variety. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity and tannins give a rich, juicy and velvet mouthfeel.
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2020 savatiano ‘the mountaineer’, akriotou, mainland greece
In 2015, Vassiliki Akriotou created her first range of wines from a micro-winery in the heart of Greece. The vineyards are situated among the snow-capped mountains at altitudes of 280 to 380 metres above sea level. This sublime Savatiano, made from 45 year old vines, is a true expression of this fresh mountainous terroir.
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