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Greek Wines

It might sound like an unusual thing to say about a country with 6,500 years of winemaking history, but we think that Greek wine is the future...

The odds may appear heavily stacked against this. Most Greek wine is made from obscure grape varieties that are near impossible to pronounce, especially after a glass of wine. Winemaking is on a comparatively small scale, which means that there are few brands large enough to do the ambassadorial legwork needed to crack the UK market. Modernisation has been rather slow, you may have heard about a spot of economic trouble over there and then there’s the love/hate relationship with Retsina.

But don’t forget, the Greeks introduced winemaking to Italy and the Romans then took it to France, so the two largest wine producing countries in the world effectively have Hellenic heritage (don’t tell them that though). Greece has hidden strengths. Our bestselling wine is Portuguese and made from weird grape varieties, so maybe this isn’t a hindrance. We think it makes a nice change from the usual suspects like Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Who cares if the names are difficult to say if they are easy to drink, right? Small scale production means these wines are unique and boutique and their survival through the economic tumult is proof of their quality. And finally we have it on good authority that mighty Greek vines are being planted in Australia, as winemakers there think these hardy grapes are the future with climates rising.

Not sure what to expect? Well, our Greek wines combine the food friendliness of Southern Italians with the rustic charm of the Portuguese. If you still need convincing after all that, remember that the god of wine, Dionysus, is Greek. Now there’s a weighty endorsement.

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  1. Gaia Estate Notios Greek Red Wine 2014

    Gaia Estate Notios Red 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Well it winds from Levidi to Nemea/More than 50 kilometres all the way/Get your kicks on GR66! OK, perhaps it doesn't have the same ring as Chuck Berry's Route 66, we'll grant you, but if you do take that Peloponnese trip and turn off GR66, you'll end up in Gaia Estate's winery in gorgeous Koutsi, Nemea.

    It's every bit as pretty as Oklahoma City and, while you're there you can get hip to this gorgeously elegant, red-berried and velvet-lined Agiorgitiko and Syrah blend. Or failing that, you could just come and get your kicks - and the wine - in any one of our shops!
  2. Gaia Notios 2014 White Wine Greece

    Gaia Notios White 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Our Northern correspondent writes: 'Notios. It's Greek for The Southerner, apparently. What we have here, then, is Gaia Notios white, a Moschofilero and Roditis blend. 'Ere y'are, pour some in here, cock... Well, it's kind of flowery and lychee-ish on the nose, from the Moschofilero - so far, so Southern - but then the Roditis kicks in on the palate, with smooth but keen lemon flavours that give a bit of backbone to any airy-fairy aromas. 'Appen this could give the South a good name! Mmm, it'd go right nice with a bit of whitebait... Cod, I mean. Cod! Oh no, I'm letting the side down again, our lass is gonna have me guts...'
  3. Mirambelo Red Wine Greece

    Mirambelo Red

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Altogether now, "Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! Ahhhaaaa-aaaahhhh. Do you do you do you need it?" Yes, Kaiser Chiefs. The answer is yes. You do need it. But this wine's beguiling, shiny, ruby-red colour is only part of the story and there are three more reasons why you need Mirambelo in your life.

    1) the Christmassy, spicy dried fruits.

    2) the warm, vanilla-laced charm

    3) it will turn you from a mere mortal into an immortal demi-god (but only if you drink it on a full moon).
  4. Naoussa Jeunes Vignes Greek Red Wine

    Naoussa Jeunes Vignes 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Naoussa. NAH'OWSA. Sounds like 'house-the'. Got it? Good, because this is one of the most important names in Greek wine. Why? Because it is located on the south eastern slopes of Mount Vermio, with cool microclimate that exactly suits its native Xynomavro (ksee-NOH-mavro) grapes.

    Lesson over (and apologies to any Greek aficionados out there). As for the wine? It has amazing, red berry, raspberry and forest fruit on the nose with a dry, fruity and elegant palate.
  5. Semeli Feast Red Wine Greece

    Semeli Feast Red 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    We love the Greeks. They're rebellious, they're warm-hearted and, more pertinently, they've been making wine there for well over 2,000 years but their wines are still virtually unheard of.

    Maybe their marketing has been a little lax over the last thousand years, but we feel change a-coming because, with wines like this cherry, berry and cedar flavoured Agioritiko (which happens to translate as St George), there'll be no stopping them.
  6. Semeli Feast White Wine

    Semeli Feast White 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    'THUS UZ SPAAARRGHHHTAA!!!!!!!' So bellowed Gerard Butler at a troublesome guest in the film '300', which tells the tale of Greece's King Leonidas overcoming the Persians at Thermopylae with just 300 men. Well, fast-forward 2,493 years, and Sparta is a much more welcoming place and you can find another, more gentle Leonidas, seeing to his vines in Mantinia, from which he makes this fresh, rose-petal and lychee flavoured beauty. Dry, but with an abundance of floral perfume, this is a superb choice for a dry white drinker looking for something a bit different.
  7. Xerolithia White 2014 Greece White Wine

    Xerolithia White 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Based in a region with a strong winemaking history, and recently overhauled by a company that is investing time, love and money into it, the Mediterra Winery is fighting fit and making some cracking wines from indigenous grape varieties. Made from the rarely-seen Vilana grape, this white is super crispy clean and exhibits a host of tropical and citrus fruits. Its exuberant summery fruitiness is ideal for beach barbecues. Try with BBQd red snapper.

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