Greece is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. The earliest evidence of Greek wine dates back to 6,500 years ago when wine was produced on a household or communal basis.
During the 1980s, the first generation of Greek oenologists studied abroad in France and worked in the Châteaux of Bordeaux only to return home and transform Greek vineyards through plantings of foreign and later on, indigenous varietals.
Combining ancient heritage with the most sophisticated winemaking practices, Greek producers have developed unique viticultural practices: integrated management systems, and the limited yield potential per hectare, resulting in high quality grapes.
Winemakers have left rustic style wines behind, and have introduced fresher, lighter wines that showcase the virtues of each indigenous varietal. This year we have chosen two Greek organic wine producers to introduce the beauty of these indigenous grapes that are hard to say but easy to drink like Assyrtiko (ah-SEER-tee-koe) and Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh, with a hard "k").
You will find that Greek wines are aromatically complex with individual palate structure, good ageing ability, and really stand out in a crowd.