Four Greek Wines that Will Take You Places

Though far from sun-soaked Santorini, ancient vineyards and tavernas with tables of grilled fish, you can still experience Greece at home through its wines.
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Say Greece, and you’ll speak of all things summer: sun-soaked Santorini cliffs, taverna tables practically groaning under the weight of grilled fish and sunset strolls through vineyards as old as the Acropolis. Experiencing Greece is even more fun with one of its intriguing wines in hand. But even if you’re just armchair traveling, these sips will give you an immediate sense of place, with a freshness perfect for the season.

The A-to-Zs of Greece and its Wine

After strolling the boardwalk in Thessaloniki, Macedonia

Domaine Gerovassiliou 2015 Single Vineyard Malagousia (Epanomi); $23, 92 points.

Luscious peach and lychee aromas start this distinctive white from northern Greece, made from a variety that was almost extinct in the country until its revival in the late 20th century. The medium-weight, rounded mouthfeel offers flavors of honey, melon and tropical fruit balanced by minerality and a dry finish. For fans of Riesling, this is an exciting and exotic alternative.

After touring the Minoan ruins of Knossos on Crete

Lyrarakis 2015 Volia Vineyard Assyrtiko (Crete); $16, 89 points.

From a small, family-run winery championing local varieties, this gives aromas of fresh lemon zest and sea salt, followed by ripe citrus and ginger flavors. Medium bodied, it boasts good acidity and a food-friendly mineral character. Though its birthplace is Santorini, Assyrtiko is made successfully throughout Greece, and this wine reflects its Cretan climate and terroir.

Greek Wines

With lamb souvlaki in the Plaka, Athens

Domaine Costa Lazaridi 2016 Amethystos Rosé (Drama); $18, 90 points.

A bright nose of strawberry and cherry leads this fresh but full-bodied Cabernet-Merlot blend from northern Greece, where international varieties with a local flair have won accolades worldwide. Cherry, raspberry and spice are balanced by a clean mineral edge, topped with an earthy spin that plays to the spices of this Athenian street-food specialty.

Shopping in Nafplio’s Old Town, Peloponnese

Mercouri Estate 2015 Foloi (Peloponnese); $18, 90 points.

This delicate blend of native grape Roditis (90 percent) and Viognier (10 percent) has a floral nose and an array of tropical fruit flavors. Made by one of Greece’s oldest wine estates, it’s an elegant, layered white that’s refreshing, with a peppy finish. Paired with grilled fish at one of this picturesque town’s family-run restaurants, this blend is an ode to the refined and energetic wines produced here.

Published on June 12, 2017
Topics: Greek Wines
About the Author
Susan Kostrzewa
Executive Editor

Reviews wines from Greece and Cyprus.

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006, when she moved from Sonoma, California, to Manhattan. Kostrzewa has written and edited wine, food and travel stories for the past 14 years, and oversees all editorial direction of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and WineMag.com, in addition to the tasting programs. Kostrzewa co-edited the Wine Enthusiast Wine & Food Pairings book and has co-authored numerous books on wine and travel in her career. Email: skostrze@wineenthusiast.net



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