With our thriving Greek community in America, we've had the privilege for many years to experience the tastes, music and culture of our homeland Greece. We have a vast array of Greek dishes, delicacies, and wines available to us. But if you are fond of your wine, and would like to try something new and different, it's a great idea to purchase some of the Greek wines on your next trip to Greece.
The vineyards in Greece are grown in several regions throughout the country, and the wineries produce an interesting selection of wines. The supermarkets, in Athens in particular, do of course stock a large selection of the local wines, and you can also try a glass or two at one of the authentic restaurants. To assist with your "wine-tasting" experience here is a list of some of the preferred local wines of good quality, which are easily available.
For those of you who are more into your white wines, here are a few which are well worth trying.
Matsa Malagousia is a local wine produced from the lovely grapes in Attica, and is a "dense" and "savory" wine which only gets better as it ages. So, should you take a liking to it, you can take some home to stock up your wine cellar? A bottle usually sells for just over 10 Euros.
Gaia 'Thalassitis' Assyrtiko is a well-established wine from Santorini. It is best to try a bottle which has matured for at least three years to get the best of this "bone-dry" white wine. It is a highly favored choice in the region ad throughout Greece, and for only 12 Euros, be sure to try some, you will love it.
For red wine lovers, why not try Boutari Xinomavro, all the way from Naoussa, a popular wine in Greece and most of Europe. It is also really affordable at only 7,20 Euros. Driopi Agiorgitiko is a full-bodied wine produced with "careful oak treatment," and a must-try on any trip to Greece, and for close on 10 Euros, it makes for a great gift to take home as well. I can recommend Domaine Paterianakis Mandilaria/ Kotsifali, a unique Cretan blend, and only the well-aged bottles are sold to customers. If you're up for something mellow, this is a "delicious" blend and sells for under 10 Euros.
There are also the "limited production" wines which are not always so readily available although they can be ordered online and delivered countrywide. If you're not sure, the wines on the "limited production" list also have a fantastic selection of both white and red wines.
Gentilini 'Cellar Selection' Robola, Cephalonia, is one of the wide variety of wines which the Ionian islands have to offer. It is a "rich, explosive and opulent" wine, with only three hundred bottles produced on an annual basis. For 13,90 Euros, it may be slightly costlier but certainly worth every penny.
Another "true original" limited edition wine is the Fitrakis Limniona, a silky, elegant, red wine produced in Tornados. The Limnonia vines were grown over 80 years ago and were not seen since then, until 2007 when Christos Zafeirakis brought these grapes back to life, now selling successfully every year at 13,80 Euros.