Wine is an integral part of the history and culture of Greece. It has been made in Greece since ancient times, but as other wine regions in the world started to gain prominence, Greece was somehow left behind. However, in the present day, this is rapidly changing and the Greek wines are gaining favor in the world once again. If you love wine, be sure to check out these prime locations for wine tasting on your next journey to Greece:
This popular Greek island is flush with an abundance of natural beauty and iconic white architecture. The unique volcanic landscape makes it a fertile ground for winemaking and homegrown food. Two of the most common Santorinian wines are the Assyrtiko and the Vinsanto. The Assyrtiko is a white wine while the Vinsanto is a sweet wine made from the Assyrtiko grapes. Producing more than 130,000 bottles of white wine a year, Gaia is a top winery on the island. Or check out the modern Estate Argyros with its welcoming visitors center.
The Cycladic island of Paros is making a mark on the Greek tourism industry with its miles of sandy beaches, lively nightlife scene, and numerous water activities. Once a sleepy island, Paros now boasts a thriving vacation scene, making it a good island to call your home base when you want to experience Greek culture and indulge in wine tasting. While Paros is most known for its vast Malvasia grape varietals, the island also features varieties of Mantilaria, Savvatiano, Malagouzia, and more. Popular wineries on Paros include the family-owned Moraitis Winery and the charming Asteras Paros Winery.
It is no surprise that the largest Greek island is also a haven for wine lovers. Its distinct climate makes it the perfect location for growing a wide range of grapes. Some of the most popular white varieties of Crete include Malvasia di Candia, Vilana, and Vidianoand. Red varietals include the full-bodied Mantilari, Liatiko, and Kostifali wines. Established in 1930, the Douloufakis Winery is located on the outskirts of Dafnes. This third-generation winery delivers scenic views and welcoming hospitality.
Located in Northern Greece, Naoussa is distinguished by its gorgeous natural landscape, including peach and apple orchards, winding vineyards, towering mountains, and more. Naoussa’s most popular wine is a red made exclusively from Macedonia’s Xynomavro grape. While wine tasting in Naoussa, some venues to put on your list include Katikia, Thymiopoulos Vineyards, and Moraitis Winery.
This island paradise features beautiful beaches, a bountiful array of fresh seafood and other culinary delights, and a rich history worth exploring. While on Mykonos, be sure to spend time indulging in its many wine tasting opportunities. Wine Room Mykonos offers a myriad of wines, snacks, and other spirits, making it an ideal first stop when arriving on the island. Other good choices include Wine Bar Vinos and the ecological vineyard of Mykonos Vioma.
With so many choices, it is easy to find a varietal that will tantalize your taste buds while visiting the magical land of Greece. Be sure to pair your native Greek wines with all of its mouth-watering local food.