The History Of Greek Wines And Its Famous Wine Routes

Posted by on June 2, 2016

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Wine has always been considered as a gift from the gods in Greece and has been since ancient times an important part of everyday life in the country. According to Greek mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration, revealed to mortals the secrets of winemaking and the art of wine tasting.

It is believed that wine was introduced into Greece between 4000 and 3500 BC and found in this country the perfect combination of mild climate and fertile land for development. Greek civilization was commissioned to extend the cultivation of the wine throughout the Mediterranean, even to the Iberian Peninsula with the help of the Phoenicians. Greek wines were very dense. They made winemaking an art and the reputation of their wines was the highest and they were in great demand.

Wines of Greece

Wines of Greece

Viticulture has gained momentum in recent years and is working to increase the quality of Greek wines for international consumption. In Greece there are predominantly white wines (60%) compared to red (40%) and the most famous, retsina (resinated wine), is a flavored wine unique to the country.

The development of wine tourism is essential to publicize the virtues of products to the millions of tourists visiting Greece. Thousands of tourists every year visit the various Wine Routes combined with visiting traditional villages, tasting the local cuisine and discovering the many cultural treasures and archaeological sites.

Wines of Greece

Wines of Greece

Attica wine routes are the most visited due to the proximity of Athens, capital of the country. It is the birthplace of Attic, famous pottery since antiquity for the production of the containers in which the wine was exported.

However, the Peloponnesian Wine Routes are among the most important in Greece, especially in the city of Nemea where according to archaeological excavations, was produced the first wine. Aghiorgitiko stands out as the most produced in the region.

Wines of Greece

Wines of Greece

Finally, the Aegean islands and Crete do not fall behind, as they offer landscapes of unique beauty and tours of their cellars where one can try their great wines. The combination of climate and soil in the country gives birth to a unique quality of wines. Assyrtiko is produced in this region and is considered one of the best white wines of Greece.

Wines of Greece

Wines of Greece

All these interesting details on wine and the myths and gods of the Wine Routes of Greece make it one of the most selected oenological destinations.

Photos: TedxHeraklion, Robert Wallace, Riccardo Cuppini, Panagiotis Georgiou.

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