So Greece is certainly not one of the first places that people think of when they think of European wine, in fact Greece is one of the few countries in Europe that are, in fact, producing new world wines.
Greece grows a number of different varietals of grapes not found elsewhere in the world, for our purposes we’ve chosen to start by mentioning two white wine grapes.
- Muscat: Take a minute to say hello what is generally accepted as the first grape which was consistently turned into drinkable wine. A couple of fun notes, Muscat was served at King Midas’s funeral feast and it is the most widely planted grape around…which helps the case that many of our current wine grapes descend from Muscat. When you find a Muscat wine you’ll be sure to notice a sweet flowery smell. Be prepared to smell something like oranges and honey only to taste a wonderfully rich wine
- Moschofilero: If you’re only going to be trying one Greek wine, make sure it is this varietal. It’ll start with the aroma of flowers (often roses) and has a great balance of acidity and tannins. You’ll often be left with the taste of tropical fruit which grow on the island
Labels from Greek wine can be confusing so to simplify your choices simply look for a bottle that is marked with “appellation of origin wines” very similar to the French model. Rules are very strict and are enforced.
The bottom line is that Greek wine is at an interesting place in history, they continue to grow native grapes which may date back to antiquity and they do so with a variety of winemakers who have been classically trained overseas….it is an exciting time to be trying Greek wine.