Category Archives: Greece

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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IWR’s Visit to Greece

IWR recently returned from a two-week trip of winery visits and tastings in Northern Greece, the Peloponnese and Crete.  We also conducted a comprehensive tasting of the wines of Central Greece, including Epirus, Thessaly and the Ionian Islands.  In this … Continue reading

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Ktima Kir-Yianni: Raising the Bar for Greek Wines

Ktima Kir-Yianni is one of Greece’s finest wine estates. We recently tasted its wine portfolio in preparation for our forthcoming report The Wines of Greece: Macedonia and Thrace.  More articles on Greek wine are forthcoming on our blog, and additional … Continue reading

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The Wines of Ktima Avantis on Greece’s Evia Island

Ktima Avantis is located in the village of Mytikas on the island of Evia about 43 miles from Athens [see map below]. The Mountrichas family has grown grapes in this area since the 19th century.  Today the winery is managed … Continue reading

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Vriniotis: Modern Greek Wines from the Aegean

Vriniotis is a modern family winery located in Evia (Euboea), which is among the Aegean Islands  in Central Greece.   It was established in the village of Gialtra in 2007 by 51-year old Konstantinos (Kostas) Vriniotis , although  the family’s association … Continue reading

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Wine Art Estate: Creative Winemaking in Macedonia, Greece

Wine Art Estate is a boutique winery established  in 1993 in Drama by Yannis Papadopulous and Yannis Kalaizidis.  Drama is located in a landlocked area bordering Bulgaria in the northern half of east Macedonia (see map below).  While neglected as … Continue reading

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The Wines of Aivalis of Nemea

Aivalis is a small artisanal winery  in Nemea, a tiny  appellation in the Peloponnese of Greece.   Established in 1997 by Hristos  Aivalis  (pictured left with his son Sotiri) produces some of the finest Agiorgitiko  in Greece today and is  a … Continue reading

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Santorini and Assyrtiko on a Sunday Afternoon

This past Sunday afternoon I visited good friends in Potomac, Md who I had not seen for awhile. He had grown a beard, a white one which made him look so distinguished and learned. She, vivacious as ever, showed her … Continue reading

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