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Discovering the Wonders of Greek Wine

Greek Wines - A Wine Lover's Paradise

Greece is truly a wine lover’s paradise. As a country with a rich and ancient winemaking history, Greece is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, dating back over 4,000 years.

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With over 300 different grape varieties to choose from, a diverse terrain that includes hillsides, mountain regions, and coastal areas, and a centuries-old winemaking tradition, Greece is a must-visit destination for any wine enthusiast.

One of the most fascinating things about Greek wine is how it reflects the country’s unique landscape and history. Each wine region has its own distinct character and flavor profile, from the full-bodied reds of Nemea to the crisp and mineral whites of Santorini. In the northern region of Naoussa, tannic red wines made from the Xinomavro grape are a local favorite, while on the island of Crete, you can sample a range of white and red wines made from unique grape varieties.

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Alpha Estate Aerial - vineyard tour - Florina Greece - The Good Gourmet

Alpha Estate

 ALPHA ESTATE is located in the viticultural zone of Amyndeon Florina, at the northwestern part of Greece, in an important geomorphological position.   The altitude of...

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Papantonis Winery

Papantonis Winery was established in 1993 by brother and sister Antony and Kallie Papantonis. Its aim is to produce an excellent red dry wine from...

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Greece is home to some of the oldest and most notable wine regions in the world. From the sprawling estates of Naoussa and drama in Macedonia to Crete’s hidden gems, Greece boasts a diverse range of wine regions, all brimming with history and tradition. Whether you are a seasoned wine aficionado or an amateur enthusiast, there is something for everyone here.

Macedonia is the most famous wine region in Greece and home to some of the country’s most renowned vineyards. The geographical diversity of Macedonia produces a range of red wines, including the rich, full-bodied Xinomavro, which has been likened to Nebbiolo from Italy’s Piedmont. Naoussa’s cooling winds and high altitudes make it the perfect climate for growing Xinomavro, and the region’s wines are renowned for their savory notes of earthy spice and dark fruit.

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Ambelonas - Greece Corfu Wine Tourism - The Good Gourmet

Ambelonas Corfu

Ambelonas property belongs to our family since 1600 – at that time it was acquired by our ancestors who emigrated from Venice to Corfu. Part...

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Kir Yianni - Wine Tourism - Greece - The Good Gourmet


Yiannis Boutaris, a leading figure in the Greek wine industry established Kir-Yianni in 1997 with the vision to produce high quality wines from the key...

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In Eastern Macedonia, Drama is another great destination for red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are two of the most popular wine varietals in this region, with tannic and robust blends. The heavy climate in Drama leads to lower yields of ripe grapes, resulting in tiny wine productions with concentrated flavors that are highly sought after in wine circles.

On the mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula produces an abundance of wine, particularly Arcadia and Nemea, two regions that are basking in newfound attention. Nemea, famous for its indigenous red wine grape Agiorgitiko, has undergone an intensive modernization and is an excellent destination for those who enjoy jogging, cycling, or hiking within lush vineyards and natural surroundings. In contrast, the Arcadia wine region located in the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula is the absolute opposite of Nemea; the landscape is hilly and rough, with vines planted on rocky terrains. Here, the vines are dry-grown, resulting in grapes with intense, concentrated flavors that produce bold wines with excellent aging potential and high tannins.


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Gaia Wines - Wine Producer - Santorini - Greece - The Good Gourmet

Gaia Wines

The Ammonite symbol. The fossil of the Aegean Sea, whispering the ancient secrets of the Greek land, has travelled throughout the world carrying with it...

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Lyrarakis - Wine Tasting - Crete - Greece - The Good Gourmet

Lyrarakis Winery

Unique Experience of Flavours, Fun, and Knowledge The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a...

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Wine tasting experiences in Greece are filled with cultural experiences, exceptional beauty, and friendly people. Many vineyards have been owned by families for generations, with some even dating back to ancient times, producing wine from indigenous grape varieties in a historic underground winery, allowing the wines to age in the perfect environment. Crete’s rich and curious gastronomic culture, as well as its outstanding natural beauty, make it a wonderful location for wine lovers. The island is home to over 20 different grape varieties, of which several are indigenous to Crete, such as Vidiano, Vilana, and Liatiko.

In addition to a host of traditional and modern wineries, Greece also offers numerous wine festivals throughout the year, where visitors can join the locals in celebrations of the best wines within each region, taste great wines, and indulge in local cuisine. In September, the great wine festival in the region of Greece is held in Athens, showcasing the best wines across the country.

In conclusion, Greece’s wine regions provide a unique and unforgettable experience for wine lovers from around the world. The diversity of landscapes and vineyards, an abundance of indigenous grape varieties, and the numerous wine-related festivals make Greece an ideal destination for those seeking an authentic and indulgent wine tasting experience.

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