Vineyard space in Greece is at a premium and fewer than half of all grapes are used to make wine. Greek wine is usually of a very traditional style, such as Retsina that is flavoured with the pine resin used to seal amphora prior to the invention of barrels in the 3rd Century AD (but a taste still popular 1,700 years later).
Greece’s membership of the EU has brought changes and producers are starting to take a more modern approach to wine making and to cater to current tastes. Look out for the Assyrtiko grape, thriving on the island of Santorini, it makes a lovely fresh wine with great natural acidity.
Grapes & Regions