Wine Enthusiast Podcast: Greece’s Red-Hot Island Wines

Greek island wine
Illustration by Susanna Harrison

It might not be easy to hop on a plane and check out the magnificent Greek Islands first-hand right now, but thankfully, there’s a world of uniquely characteristic wines waiting to be enjoyed in your glass.

Did you know that some of the most ancient and unique wines in the world are grown on Greece’s Ionian and Aegean islands, like Santorini, Crete and Kefalonia?

In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Susan Kostrzewa and Master of Wine Yiannis Karakasis take you on a virtual tour of these magnificent locales to talk through top varieties and producers, discussing the often incredible history of the vineyards and grapes along the way, as well as just what makes these wines so special.

There are a lot of delicious options to choose from, but some of the wines and varieties discussed in this episode include:

Alexakis 2015 Red (Crete); 92 points, $16
Argyros 2018 Atlantis White (Greece); 90 points, $22
Avantis 2018 Estate Malagousia (Elia); 88 points, $16

Additionally, be sure to check out additional reviews of Assyrtiko from Santorini, red blends from Crete, and Robola or Mavrodaphne from Cephalonia.

You can learn more about the country’s high-altitude vineyards, or even check out this Greek Wines from A to Z.

Published on July 22, 2020
Topics: Podcast