Experience wine in Greece!

Greece is a country with a rich history and culture, and this is reflected in its distinctive and delicious wines. The country has a long history of winemaking, dating back to ancient times, and its vineyards are spread across a range of climates, soils, and landscapes. Wine may not be the first thing you think to find in Greece. However, the country offers a wine experience for every budget. From wine tours and tasting to cheap (and huge! ) plastic bottles at the local mini-markets. Here is all you need to know about wine in Greece.

The history of wine in Greece

The use of wine in ancient Greece

Wine was an important part of ancient Greek culture, both for its role in religious rituals and for its social significance. Krasi was produced and consumed throughout the ancient Greek world, from the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete to the city-states of Athens and Sparta.

Wine was considered a gift from the gods in ancient Greece, and it played a central role in religious ceremonies. An example of the use of this delicious drink is as a libation to honor the gods. Besides, it was also consumed during religious festivals and communal meals. Krasi was also associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and pleasure.

In addition to its religious significance, wine was also an important part of social life in ancient Greece. It was widely consumed at meals and during banquets. Unlike today, it was often consumed in a mixed form, with water or even spices. In general, Krasi was used as a symbol of hospitality and friendship, civilization, and sophistication.

The importance of wine in ancient Greece is reflected in its literature, art, and mythology. Wine is mentioned in many of the great works of Greek literature, including the Iliad and the Odyssey, and it is depicted in the art of the period, including vase paintings and sculpture. The myth of Dionysus, the god of wine, is also an important part of the Greek pantheon, and it continues to influence Western culture today.

The production of wine in ancient Greece

Wine production in ancient Greece was well-developed, and the Greeks were skilled winemakers. They produced wine from multiple grape varieties, including both indigenous and imported varieties. They also developed techniques for aging and preserving wine, such as storing it in clay amphorae, large oval-shaped ancient Greek jars.

The Greeks also traded wine widely, and wine from Greece was highly prized by the ancient Romans and other civilizations. Krasi was especially famous for its high quality and distinctive character, and it was widely imitated throughout the ancient world.

Greek grapes

Greek wine is known for its unique character and diversity, as a result of the country’s many indigenous grape varieties. Some of the most famous of these include Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro.

  • Assyrtiko is a white grape variety that is grown primarily on the island of Santorini. What makes this grape special is the volcanic ash on the soil it grows in. The grape produces crisp, refreshing wines with high acidity and minerality.
  •  Moschofilero is a white grape variety with pink or purple skin. The grape originates from the Peloponnese but is cultivated around the country. The grape produces light and aromatic wines, often served with fresh fruit or desserts.
  •  Agiorgitiko also originates from the Peloponnese, Nemea to be exactNow, however, it is the most popular grape in Greece and is produced all throughout the country. Agiorgitiko is a red grape variety and it produces full-bodied and flavorful red wines.
  •  Xinomavro is a red grape variety that is grown in the region of Naoussa in Macedonia. The grape produces complex and long-lived red wines. Xinomavro is one of Greece’s most important and well-regarded wines. This grape holds a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

Wine production in Greece

Greek wine is known for its balance, with a good mix of acidity, fruit, and tannins. The country’s winemaking traditions have been passed down for generations, and this has resulted in a unique and diverse wine culture.

In recent years, the Greek wine industry has experienced a resurgence. When many wineries invested in modern winemaking techniques and equipment. This has led to a rise in the quality of Greek wine. The country is now recognized as one of the most exciting wine-producing regions in the world. Besides, Greece is home to several wineries that offer tastings and tours. You can sample a variety of wines and learn more about the country’s rich winemaking traditions.

For those who are traveling in Greece on a budget but still want to try one of the country’s wines, there are the local mini markets or even roadside stands. In the Peloponnese and Santorini for example, you can buy local wine in plastic bottles. They often don’t cost more than 3 to 4 euros (for 1.5 liters!). Wine does not get more local than this. You might not get the best product but for sure a true wine experience in Greece!

The most important wine regions in Greece


This region is located in southern Greece and is known for producing full-bodied red wines, as well as crisp white wines. The soil in this region is rich in minerals, and the warm climate provides the ideal conditions for the production of robust, flavorful wines. The Peloponnese is home to some of the country’s most famous wineries, including Nemea and Mantinia.


This island is located in the Aegean Sea and is known for producing high-quality red, white, and rosé wines. The unique combination of the island’s warm climate and its vineyards’ proximity to the sea produces wines with a distinct and refreshing flavor profile. Crete is home to several notable wineries, including Dafni, Vlatos, and Lyrarakis.


This island is located in the Aegean Sea and is known for its white wines from the Assyrtiko grape. The vines in this region grow low to the ground, sheltered from the (Meltemi) wind by traditional stone walls. The grapes produce a crisp and refreshing wine with high acidity and minerality. Some of the most famous wineries on Santorini include Canava Roussos, Argyros Estate, and Estate Argyros. Some of the most well-known wineries in Macedonia include Boutari, Tselepos, and Biblia Chora.


This region is located in northern Greece and is known for producing full-bodied red and white wines. The climate in this region is influenced by both the Mediterranean and the Balkans, and this produces a wide range of flavors and aromas in the wines. Some of the most well-known wineries in Macedonia include Boutari, Tselepos, and Biblia Chora.


This region is located in central Greece and is known for producing red and white wines with a rich, full-bodied flavor profile. The soil in this region is rich in minerals and the climate is warm, which provides the ideal conditions for producing high-quality wines. Some of the most notable wineries in Thessaly include Ktima Gerovassiliou, Skouras, and Alpha Estate.

Other regions that offer a wine experience in Greece

In addition to these regions, there are many other wine-producing areas in Greece, including Attica, Epirus, and the Cyclades Islands. Each of these areas has its own unique character, due to the range of soils, climates, and landscapes.

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