Greece is a world-famous wine region. For more than 6500 years, residents have been engaged in viticulture and winemaking. During this time, grape varieties were bred, from which wine with a unique taste is obtained. In this article, we will talk about five wines that you need to try in Greece, and even better – grab a bottle of each of them home.
A delicious wine of a rich red hue was first made on the island of Peloponnese. Now its production is established in Macedonia and Attica. The drink is characterized by a multifaceted aroma, a combination of astringency and sweetness, which forms an unforgettable velvet finish. The Greeks believe that this wine is ideal for meat dishes. As a rule, it is served to the table young, but some winemakers consider it necessary to withstand it from 5 to 10 years. Wine made from pure grapes Ayorgitiko (without the admixture of other varieties) can be found on store shelves called Agiorghitiko.
This grape variety is very moody – only the soil and climate of Macedonia are suitable for it. But all the difficulties that the owners of vineyards, where it grows, have to face, are more than paid off by the amazing delicate taste of the drink that is obtained from Xinomavro. The minimum wine aging time is 4 years, and the longer the better. If mixed with other grapes, then you can drink wine earlier. In its pure form, the drink has a bright ruby hue. An amazing flavor combination is obtained with meat and pasta.
Mavrodafni variety is grown in the vicinity of the city of Patras, as well as on the island of Kefalonia. For the production of wine, it began to be used several centuries ago. Mavrodafni makes wine with an unusual taste, which combines the astringency of the resin, the sweetness of caramel, the bitterness of coffee and the sour aftertaste of cherries. The drink has a unique aroma. It forms a fantastic flavor combination with milk chocolate, desserts, and nuts. Only three types of wine are made from Mavrodafni, which differ in aging: Imperial (minimum exposure), Reserve (average exposure), Grand Reserve (exposure from 15 years).
The Savvatiano variety is grown in Attica. It has been used by the Greeks for wine production for over 2500 years. Locals love it very much – not a single feast is complete without this drink. White wine combines peach and lemon aftertaste with honey-sweet melon. It is from Savviano that they make retsina. White wine goes well with salads, fish, and snacks
These grapes are grown in Santorini, on the peninsula of Halkidiki and in Macedonia. White wines are made from it with the aging of at least 5 years. It is in harmony with meat and fish, cooked in various ways, including grilling.