Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean; Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
- Item #: i_300039Bottle Size: 750mlAssyrtiko is a grape variety native to Santorini and considered by many to be the finest Greek white grape. Decanter praises this fascinating white's aromas of "sea shells, pungent lemon zest, white flowers, volcanic ash and salt notes." In the mouth they found this very dry white "mouthfilling and complex with lingering intensity." We love this white's richness balanced with crisp minerality on the finish. Try this with savory appetizers, fried calamari and grilled fish.
- Item #: i_372344Bottle Size: 750mlOne of the new generations of winemakers in Nemea, Chris Barafakas ages this Agiorgitiko in oak barrels. With just the right amount of oak this Nemea is distinguished for its fruit and soft tannins. A very fresh style from a producer to keep an eye on.
- Item #: i_372445Bottle Size: 750mlKtima Biblia Chora is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Pangeon in Kavala, 100 km east of Thessaloniki. In 1998, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Vangelis Gerovassiliou created this vineyard which today extends over 118 acres at an altitude of 300-420 meters. The soil is rocky and barren with limestone and clay and good levels of drainage. The cool breezes from the Aegean Sea and Mount Pangeon are key factors in the production of Biblia Chora's wines. The Areti is produced from estate grown Assyrtiko. Once the grapes are crushed, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks, where it is allowed to rest on the fine lees for several months. This white has a pale yellow color. On the nose, the wine offers beautiful aromas of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, the wine is fresh and elegant with aromas of almonds and citrus
- Item #: i_372411Bottle Size: 750mlORGANIC FARMING
Gold color with greenish tinges; complex nose with a fruity character and hints of citrus; rich mid-palate and good finish.
- Item #: i_372347Bottle Size: 750mlEric Asimov, writing in the New York Times, describes Gaia as "one of Greece’s best modern wineries." Since 1998, Gaia's winemaker and founder, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos has been trying to redefine retsina as a proud custom rather than a genre to be shunned. Mr. Paraskevopoulos makes the Gaia Ritinitis from Roditis grapes — "which can make fresh, spicy wines — grown at relatively high altitudes, 2,300 to 3,300 feet above sea level. He also paid close attention to the quality of the resin, he said, making sure it was especially fresh. The result was a refreshing, invigorating wine, with a bright pungency that seems ready-made for Greek cooking in all its garlicky, herbal glory. Though retsina is primarily a white wine (and occasionally a rosé), it goes beautifully with roasted lamb, its punchy flavors refusing to knuckle under to the savory meat. I have also found retsina to be a wonderful partner for spicy Indian food."
- Item #: i_300022Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 91WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100, #49
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "A lovely nose of floral and citrus notes leads to expressive flavors of ruby red grapefruit granita and ripe yellow peach in this well-cut, light- to medium-bodied white. Lithe and lingering on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,700 cases made."
WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100! This wine is produced from the aromatic Greek grape variety Malagousia which was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou when he was the winemaker for Porto Carras. Cold soaked with skin contact to enhance the extraction of aromas, this aromatic white is partially barrel-fermented and then aged on its lees for a few months, gaining depth in flavor. It has a brilliant straw colour with greenish shades and an aroma of ripe fruit such as pear, mango and citrus. On the palate the rich flavors of tropical fruit and lemon peel enhance the appealing mouthfeel, leading to a well-balanced finish. Best served chilled but not ice cold. Food pairing: a perfect match for Mediterranean dishes, seafood, poultry, light-sauced pasta dishes and fresh vegetable salads. Wine writer David Williams says: "A wine such as Domaine Gerovassiliou’s Malagousia 2013 ... is made from a rediscovered ancient, local grape variety (Malagousia) in Epanomi near the city of Thessaloniki. But it’s made in a particularly clean, pure modern way that makes for a quite thrilling dry white mix of citrusy tang and plumper apricot fleshiness." The Guardian, 5 July 2015. Winemaker Vangelis Gerovassiliou was born into a grape-growing family in Epanomi, near Thessaloniki. After completing his studies in the School of Agriculture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he studied at the University of Bordeaux where he specialized in Oenology, Viticulture, Wine Degustation and Technology of Oenological Equipment. During his studies he worked with the eminent Bordeaux University Professor, Emile Peynaud. From 1976 to the beginning of 1999 he worked as an oenologist at Domaine Porto Carras, where some of the most renowned wines of Greece are produced. It was there that he helped rescue from extinction the long forgotten Greek variety of Malagousia. In 1981, he began to renovate his family's vineyards and created Ktima Gerovassiliou. In 1999 he left Porto Carras in order to devote himself to his namesake winery.
- Item #: i_372441Bottle Size: 750mlMavrodaphne (or Mavrodafni) of Patras is not a winery, but a type of wine produced around the city of Patra, in Peloponnese, Greece. This is a deep, dark and sweet fortified wine, similar to Port, although it is made in a solera system (younger wine is added to older wine) like that of Sherry. The wine is produced from the grape of the same name.
- Item #: i_372505Bottle Size: 750mlThis appealing and refreshing white shows good varietal aromas and flavors of citrus fruits, peaches, wildflowers and finishes with fine acidity. This white's delicious fruit and round flavour match perfectly with Mediterranean cuisine.
- Item #: i_300036Bottle Size: 750mlThis charming dry white, named after Mount Foloi, is made from a blend of Roditis and Viognier grown on a plateau that is 650 meters above sea level. Pale in color, this white is highly aromatic. The nose displays fruits and flowers; on the palate you find very pleasant stone fruit flavors (white peaches or nectarines); the finish is clean and dry with crisp acidity. This will accompany appetizers by the pool or light fish, seafood and chicken dishes. Located in the Western Peloponnese, the Mercouri Estate was founded in 1860 and the first vines, cuttings from Italy, were planted in 1870. In 1990, the third and fourth generations of the Mercouri family began replanting the vineyards and renovated and modernized the winery. Their white and red wines are becoming well known on the international market.
- Item #: i_372353Bottle Size: 750mlThe Rhous Winery, located on Crete, makes their Skipper red from 70% Kotsifali and 30% Mandilaria, two indigenous Greek grape varietals. The wine displays a dark maroon color. On the nose you find spicy aromas of tomato paste, plum and cherry jam. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, the balanced fruit and gentle tannins promise the wine will evolve over time if you can resist drinking it now.
Serve this red with marinated meats with spicy sauces, grilled or barbecued sausages, cold cuts and pate, or flavorful yellow cheeses.
- Item #: i_372455Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 93Domaine Sigalas was founded in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas. Initially, Sigalas made his wine at the converted Sigalas family home. In 1998 a new vinification, bottling and aging unit was built in a privately owned area of Oia, on the northern part of Santorini.
Sigalas has been a pioneer in the organic viticulture and has participated in a government organic farming methods program since 1994. Paris Sigalas remains committed to the founding principles of Domaine Sigalas - a creative relationship with the tradition, the Santorini Vineyards as well as the use of the best in winemaking technology and experience.
- Item #: i_372343Bottle Size: 750mlORGANIC FARMING
The Silva Daskalaki Winery is located on the island of Crete. Haroula Daskalaki and her daughter, Irene, make the wines. Their Psithiros (whisper) is a flavorful, dry red composed of organically farmed Liatiko (80% and Merlot (20%). The wine displays a dark color and aromas of red fruits with a hint of vanilla. On the palate this red is rich and flavorful, balanced, and has a long finish.
- Item #: i_306863Bottle Size: 750MLThis Skouras red displays aromas of dark berries; on the mouth there are blackberry and plum flavors leading to a clean dry finish. One of the most noble of the Greek red grapes, Aghiorghitiko (St. George) is grown mainly in the AOC region Nemea in the Peloponnese. It produces wines that stand out for their deep red color and remarkable aromatic complexity and soft tannins.
- Item #: i_372462Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 91WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2017 Moscofilero (as Skouras spells it) comes in with four grams of residual sugar, 6.2 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. The combination makes for a dry wine with a lively feel and vivid flavor. Sourced from vines at 650 meters, this is always crisp and elegant. So, too, this year. Wonderfully aromatic as well in its youth, this is exuberant, gloriously fresh and intensely fruity. The fruit is always lifted, though. Then, it just coats the palate, despite its elegant demeanor. It lingers beautifully on the rather tense finish."
- Item #: i_369011Bottle Size: 750mlThe Thymiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations. After he graduated from The University of Athens oenology program, Apostolos Thymiopoulos returned to his family’s vineyards and began producing wine for his own label, Thymiopoulos Vineyards. The wine was called Ghi kai Uranos (Earth & Sky). The winery’s first release was with the 2004 vintage, which was a hit across Greece and in Europe. Ghi kai Uranos also caught the attention of influential wine writers such as Nico Manessis and the UK’s Tom Stevenson. The beauty of this 2014 comes from the fact that Apostolos was able to coax out Xinomavro’s better qualities without high levels of acidity and tannin, making it a wine that can be drunk now as well as cellared for at least 10-15 years.
Tasting notes: purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of red small fruits, cherry, blackberry, plum, sun-dried tomato, black olive, vanilla. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity. Pleasant and long aftertaste.
- Item #: i_362604Bottle Size: 750mlLimnio, one of Greece’s oldest grape varieties, has a similar alcohol level and spiciness to the Merlots and Syrahs familiar to the American wine palate.
Winemaker Giorgos Vourvoukelis applies modern winemaking techniques to perfect a fresh style of Limnio. Get acquainted with this must-try and see why many are calling it "The Best Red Wine of 2018."
- Item #: i_372604Bottle Size: 750mlNEW YORK TIMES : "A new generation of Greek producers is nurturing obscure, indigenous grapes like the white malagousia. This bottle, from Christos Zafeirakis in Trynavos in the Thessaly region, is zesty, peachy and balanced, with lingering flavors that will go well with seafood." --Eric Asimov
The Zafeirakis family has been growing grapes in the Tyrnavos appelation for more than 100 years. After he completed his studies in oenology, fourth generation grower Christos Zafeirakis took the family business to the next level when he bottled wine from his private vineyards in 2005. In addition to the acclaim he has received for this dry white, Christos has been praised for bringing the native Greek red variety, Limniona, back from near extinction.