Category Archives: Greece

Iliana Malihin: Fire and Wine in Crete

In recent decades Crete has rediscovered it indigenous grapes and old vineyards of self-rooted  vines.  Iliana Malíhin has been one of the leaders of these efforts in the high elevation vineyards of schist and quartz-riddled clays located near the village … Continue reading

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Lyrarakis Winery: Saving Crete’s Indigenous Grapes

Lyrarakis is a family winery on the Alagni plateau in Peza located south of Heraklion. It’s  known for rescuing indigenous varieties like Dafni, Plytó, and Melissaki.  It also specializes in other Cretan grapes like Liatico, Kotsifali and Mandilari. Brothers Sotiris … Continue reading

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Gentilini of Cephalonia: A Greek Winery of Worldwide Origins

Cephalonia is one of the most important wine producing islands of the Ionian Sea. It’s mountainous with gravelly limestone soils and home to self-rooted vines grown in the island’s highlands. This small island is home to 43 native grape varieties, … Continue reading

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Ktima Gerovassiliou of Macedonia

Ktima Gerovassiliou was established in 1981 by renowned Greek winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou.  The winery is located on the slopes of Epanomi, several kilometers from the city of Thessaloniki and 4 km from the sea. Its vineyards stretching over 80 hectares … Continue reading

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Biblia Chora’s Fine Wines from the Slopes of Macedonia’s Mt Pangeon

In April of this year we visited Ktima Biblia Chora, established on the slopes of Mt Pangeon in Macedonia in 2001, and tasted its outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Biblia Chora was established by two of Greece’s highly respected winemakers, Vangelis … Continue reading

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Retsina: The Quality Revolution of Greece’s Historic Wine

Retsina, a wine made with the infusion of resin usually from the Aleppo pine tree, is Greece’s most famous and historic wine. The retsina of old was often pungent.  As our reviews below show, today’s retsina made by some of … Continue reading

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Ktima Voyatzi of Western Macedonia

The Voyatzi Estate is a premier boutique winery located in Western Macedonia in the picturesque town of Velvento.  It is owned and operated by winemaker Yannis Voyatzi, the renowned chief enologist of Boutari, and his brother Nikos.  The Voyatzi family … Continue reading

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Rosés from the Peloponnese, Central Greece and its Neighbors

On our recent trip to Greece,  we tasted more high-quality rosés from Peloponnese than any other wine region.  Most of the top rosés were made from Agiorgitiko an indigenous grape grown in Nemea, and the prink-skinned  Moschofilero,  grown in the … Continue reading

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The Rosés of Crete

The island of Crete is home to many indigenous grape varieties, some of which undoubtedly derive from those grown by the Minoans over four thousand years ago.  We recently visited Crete to meet the winemakers, tour the vineyards, and taste … Continue reading

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Greek Rosés of Xinomavro

  Often compared to Nebbiolo grown in Italy’s Piedmont, Greece’s Xinomavro is one of southern Europe’s most noble varieties.  As discussed below, it’s particularly well suited for the making of rosé, and we tasted several excellent rosés during our recent … Continue reading

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