Posted by: wineatlunch | May 21, 2010

Wines of Greece!

All Star!Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. It is home to the second oldest grape wine remnants as well as the earliest evidence of crushed grapes discovered in the world. Dating back 6,500 years, Greek wine was a pioneer in the global wine industry.  In ancient times, Greece exported wine as the sale of wine became more frequent and extensive. Greek wines were esteemed in Italy under the Roman Empire and continued to garner high prices for trade throughout Northern Europe. The Greek god of wine is Dionysus and worship of him spread with the Greek civilization. Some of the vines introduced by the Ancient Greeks include Vitis vinifera, which thrives in temperate climates near coastal areas with mild winters and dry summers. This vine helped produce some of the most reputable wines of ancient Greece, including Chian, Coan, and Mendaean.

The Greek climate is ideal for the production of high quality wines. The climate is moderate, with plentiful sunshine, low average rainfall, and soils of moderate fertility. This allows forthe growth of more than 300 indigenous grapes, which makes Greek wine so unique. The red varietals include: Agiorghitiko, Xinomavro, Mandelaria, and Mavrodaphne; and the white varietals include: Assyrtiko, Aidani, Moschofilero, Savatiano, and Tsaoussi. All Star!Wine making regions are located in Macedonia, Epirus, Thessalia, Sterea Ellada, Peloponnese, Aegean Islands, and Ionian Islands.

The Greek wine market is growing by the day. Thanks to investments in modern wine making technology, Greek wines are receiving the highest awards in international competitions with much deserved world-wide recognition and attention. In order to assure consumers of the origins of their wine purchases, a system of appellations was implemented. Wines are categorized as Appellations of Origin of Superior Quality or Controlled Appellations of Origin. Some of the most notable Greek wines are: Attikos Topikos, Ktima Hatzimihali, and Kouros.

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