Media report: Revealing the rich tapestry of Greek wines

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Media report: Revealing the rich tapestry of Greek winesA sip through time

Greece, the cradle of Western civilization, boasts a wine culture that stretches back thousands of years. From ancient rituals to contemporary winemaking excellence, Greek wine has woven itself into the very fabric of the nation’s history. In this journey through time, we explore the origins, evolution, and resurgence of Greek wine.

Ancient Beginnings:

Wine’s presence in ancient Greece was far more than a mere beverage; it was deeply intertwined with religious, social, and cultural aspects of life. The Greeks believed that Dionysus, the god of wine, played a pivotal role in their existence, and as such, wine became a sacred offering in ceremonies and festivals.

Wine in Ancient Greek Society:

In ancient Greek society, wine symbolized a connection between the earthly and divine realms. It found its way into both everyday life and significant events, from symposiums and banquets to religious ceremonies and theatrical performances. The symposium, a social gathering of men, often featured discussions, poetry, and music, all accompanied by the steady flow of wine.

Amphorae: The Vessels of Greek Wine:

To transport and store their precious elixir, the ancient Greeks used amphorae – distinctive, narrow-necked vessels with two handles. These vessels, adorned with intricate designs, not only preserved the wine but also served as canvases for artistic expression, depicting scenes from daily life, mythology, and rituals.

The Terroir of Greece:

The diverse geography of Greece, with its mountains, islands, and coastal regions, contributes to the country’s rich terroir – the unique combination of soil, climate, and topography that influences the taste and character of its wines. From the sun-soaked islands of Santorini to the mountainous terrains of Macedonia, Greece’s varied terroir produces an array of grape varieties and wine styles.

Famous Ancient Greek Wines:

One cannot explore the history of Greek wine without mentioning the legendary wines of antiquity. Perhaps the most renowned was the sweet wine from the island of Lesbos, celebrated by poets such as Sappho. Thasian wine, produced on the island of Thasos, and Chian wine from Chios were also highly esteemed and traded across the Mediterranean.

The Decline and Resurgence:

Despite its prominence in ancient times, the Greek wine industry faced a decline during the Ottoman occupation and later struggles in the 20th century. The phylloxera epidemic devastated vineyards, and wars disrupted production. It wasn’t until the latter half of the 20th century that Greek wine experienced a renaissance.

Modern Greek Winemaking:

In recent decades, Greek winemakers have revitalized and elevated the industry, marrying ancient techniques with modern innovations. Indigenous grape varieties, once overlooked, have taken center stage, contributing to the unique character of Greek wines. Notable varieties include Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, Xinomavro, and Malagousia.

Global Recognition:

In recent years, Greek wines have garnered international recognition, earning accolades and winning over wine enthusiasts worldwide. The revival of ancient grape varieties, coupled with sustainable and organic practices, has positioned Greece as an exciting and innovative player in the global wine scene.

From the sacred rituals of ancient Greece to the contemporary vineyards gracing its diverse landscape, the journey of Greek wine is a testament to resilience, tradition, and innovation. As you raise your glass filled with Assyrtiko or Xinomavro, you’re not just sipping wine; you’re savoring a liquid tapestry that spans millennia – an embodiment of Greece’s enduring spirit in every delightful sip.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Elisavetch

Tornos
  1. 22/05 23:17

    Commander of French land forces visits Greece to promote military ties

  2. 22/05 20:06

    Greek presence at 77th Cannes Film Festival includes Lanthimos film

  3. 22/05 18:55

    Greece's Kalamata Dance Festival opens July 12 featuring 19 productions

  4. 22/05 18:11

    Over 630 schools participate in 'Greek PISA' assessment tests on Wednesday

  5. 22/05 16:52

    Summer of 2024 to be among hottest in recent years

  6. 22/05 12:32

    Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour with participants from 12 countries

  7. 21/05 18:30

    The President of the Hellenic Republic to visit Florence in Italy on May 23

  8. 21/05 17:24

    'Greece through the Art of the Tourist Poster' exhibition in Chengdu of China

  9. 21/05 17:21

    American Hellenic Institute honors Anniversary of the Pontic Greek Genocide

  10. 21/05 15:17

    Arrivals and nights in Greek tourist accommodation rise 3.5% and 4.9% in March

  11. 21/05 14:12

    Greek Tourism Minister receives ambassadors of Iraq and Slovakia

  12. 20/05 01:51

    First Ramada by Wyndham Hotel in Fethiye opens in Ölüdeniz of Turkey

  13. 17/05 01:25

    Mayors of Athens and Rome discuss city challenges and cooperation

  14. 16/05 23:20

    Tsakopoulos Collection & Hellenic Studies Program marked their 20th anniversary

  15. 16/05 21:17

    Greek Culture Minister hosts Turkish counterpart for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ premiere

  16. 16/05 20:12

    Greek Finance Minister advocates green transition and Recovery Fund II

  17. 16/05 15:27

    Higher global temperatures causing Caretta turtles to lay eggs sooner in Greece

  18. 15/05 20:32

    BoG urges progress on harmonizing national systems of bank deposit guarantees

  19. 15/05 19:22

    Islands Decarbonization Fund signing in Greek island of Naxos on May 27

  20. 15/05 14:15

    EU Commission forecasts Greece's growth rate at 2.2% in 2024 and 2.3% in 2025

  21. 14/05 22:27

    Syracuse show on Mycenaean influence on Sicily includes golden cup of Dendra

  22. 14/05 20:34

    Greek Health Minister attends World Health Congress in Abu Dhabi

  23. 14/05 19:23

    Greece and Santorini clinch top honors at American Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2024

  24. 14/05 18:31

    20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair opens from May 16-19 at Helexpo

  25. 13/05 20:16

    Greek Prime Minister meets with Turkish President in Ankara (video)

  26. 13/05 20:11

    Greek Council of State to mull relocation of Mt Parnas casino to Maroussi again

  27. 13/05 15:48

    Athens Acropolis Museum offering free admission on May 18

  28. 13/05 09:53

    Discover Kerasia Petrified Forest in northern Evia near the Greek Capital

  29. 11/05 01:30

    Greek Foreign Minister congratulated new Serbian counterpart on assumption of duties

  30. 10/05 22:45

    The 52nd Oakland Greek Festival to take place this year on May 17-19

  31. 10/05 22:33

    Thessaloniki Port pier extension expected to be given the green light in the fall

  32. 10/05 19:42

    Hellenic President visits Greek community's premises and Cavafy's tomb in Alexandria

  33. 10/05 19:27

    Greek and Swiss ministers meet in Athens on investments and cooperation

  34. 09/05 17:22

    Red Arrows aerobatic team to perform in Athens suburb of Paleo Faliro on May 18

  35. 05/05 19:40

    International Tourism | WTTC: Travel sector set to break all records during 2024

  36. 04/05 17:56

    Minister launches dynamic plan to boost Greece's relations with other countries

  37. 04/05 17:44

    Greece opens another five Aegean Islands to Turkish visitors fast-track visas

  38. 03/05 23:04

    OECD report: Greek economy stays resilient

  39. 03/05 18:00

    Minister: Zero price hikes in Greece in March and April

  40. 03/05 17:42

    Aegean and Olympic Air to fly 'Holy Light' from Athens to the rest of Greece

  41. 03/05 17:39

    Athens transportation schedules over 2024 Greek Easter holidays announced

  42. 03/05 01:26

    Greece's unemployment rate drops to 10.2% in March 2024

  43. 01/05 11:45

    Euro 2004 Legends play FootGolf at Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour

  44. 30/04 22:36

    Visa entry express now available on five more Greek islands for Turkish citizens

  45. 30/04 20:44

    Hellenic Police launches 10201, a 24-hour hotline for protection of minors in Greece

  46. 30/04 19:42

    Aegean Airlines to distribute dividend for the first time after four years

  47. 30/04 18:39

    May Day strikes in Greece: Public transportation disruptions and Syntagma Metro station closure

  48. 30/04 18:31

    Bank of Greece report: More than 30 million tourists visit the country during 2023

  49. 25/04 22:00

    Greek FM talks with Kuwaiti counterpart on bilateral relations, regional cooperation

  50. 25/04 14:49

    Prices of products in Easter Basket the same or lower in Greece than in 2023

  51. 25/04 13:57

    Olympic flame hand-over ceremony in Athens on Friday

  52. 25/04 12:44

    Greece and China to ink cooperation protocols in the fisheries sector

  53. 25/04 09:53

    Extended shop opening hours for Easter in Greece start on Thursday

  54. 25/04 02:19

    Athens Airport voted as the best in marketing strategy at European awards in Denmark

  55. 25/04 02:10

    President of Hellenic Republic visits La Chascona Museum in visit to Chile

  56. 24/04 21:31

    Thirty-one Greek political parties to take part in European Parliament elections

  57. 24/04 21:25

    Payment by bank cards now accepted on Athens Airport Express bus lines

  58. 24/04 14:12

    Herculaneum papyri unveil more than location of Plato's tomb in Athens

  59. 23/04 23:52

    Greece’s New Ambassador to the United States visits Queens in New York

  60. 23/04 21:49

    Traffic regulations in Athens due to the Olympic Torch Relay on Thursday-Friday

  61. 23/04 20:59

    President of Hellenic Republic wraps up visit to Uruguay at parliament

  62. 23/04 15:44

    Greek government will pass legislation halving commission paid for POS transactions

  63. 23/04 15:03

    Precise location of Plato's burial site unveiled by ancient papyrus

  64. 22/04 22:33

    'Nature Positive' peport highlights new collaborative era in travel & tourism

  65. 22/04 21:25

    Greek Prime Minister to inaugurate highway E65 on Tuesday

  66. 22/04 20:37

    Greek and Turkish delegations discuss Confidence Building Measures for 2024

  67. 22/04 18:29

    Over 114,000 Greek Diaspora citizens register to vote by post in the European elections

  68. 22/04 13:40

    'Basket of Godparents' available in Greek markets on Monday

  69. 19/04 01:29

    Athens State Orchestra presents 'St. Matthew's Passion' by Bach on April 30th

  70. 18/04 21:49

    Greek Climate Change Minister signs memorandum for Attica fire protection zones

  71. 18/04 20:32

    'Easter Basket' and 'Godparents basket' to be put into effect next week in Greece

  72. 18/04 20:17

    American Hellenic Institute celebrates 50th anniversary

  73. 18/04 17:40

    Reuters report: Greek economy soars after decade of pain

  74. 17/04 21:06

    Thessaloniki Port: Performance growth for 2023 with record container throughput

  75. 17/04 20:57

    Traffic regulations imposed in Athens for the 41st Peace Marathon on Sunday

  76. 17/04 20:52

    LAMDA Development malls and marinas reach new record high

  77. 17/04 18:15

    Greek Foreign Minister addresses the 9th Our Ocean Conference in Athens

  78. 17/04 17:12

    IMF: Drop of Greek public debt to 158.8% of GDP in 2024

  79. 16/04 21:02

    NHM hosts the Trial of Pericles at the Harris Theater in Chicago on April 17

  80. 16/04 20:17

    Greece will invest $830 million to protect marine biodiversity

  81. 16/04 01:46

    New York Greek Independence Parade honors 1821 and solemn Cyprus Anniversary

  82. 16/04 01:35

    Olympic Games Paris 2024: Olympic Flame to be lit at Ancient Olympia in Greece

  83. 16/04 00:29

    European Committee of Regions and UN release study on Rural Tourism

  84. 15/04 20:41

    No Athens Metro on Wednesday

  85. 15/04 19:58

    Minister: Greece is transforming into a hub for exporting quality agri-food products

  86. 15/04 18:51

    Greek Environment Minister meets Chinese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources

  87. 13/04 00:13

    UN Tourism and Croatia to launch Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism

  88. 12/04 00:03

    2024 marks a critical year in the enduring strength of Greek-German relations

  89. 12/04 00:00

    Greek Rural Development Minister in Italy for wine meeting

  90. 11/04 22:07

    Ambassador: US committed to upgrade of Greek military and support NATO's SE flank

  91. 11/04 19:40

    Hellenic Pride on display at rainy Chicago Greek Independence Day Parade

  92. 11/04 02:06

    Delphi Economic Forum IX: Energy collaboration a 'key' in Greek-Bulgarian relations

  93. 11/04 01:58

    UN Tourism launches investment guidelines for Albania sector

  94. 10/04 19:01

    Greek FinMin: New package of economic measures in 2025 to lower taxes, raise pensions

  95. 10/04 18:25

    Greek city of Nafplion hosts Mediterranean Yacht Show for ninth year running

  96. 09/04 23:57

    Greek PM on Tilos: Innovative projects for a cyclical economy are of key significance

  97. 09/04 23:55

    UN Tourism members promote agenda for Europe as region leads global recovery

  98. 09/04 23:46

    HFS presents 1968, Rousing Docudrama about Greece’s First European Cup April 21

  99. 09/04 22:48

    Stolen 7th-century BC oenochoe returned to Greece by Hanover museum, municipality

  100. 09/04 22:42

    Greek civil servants confederation ADEDY to strike on May 21