5 Greek Wines You MUST Have in Your Wine Cabinet

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.09 - 2024 11:06 AM CET

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5 Greek Wines You MUST Have in Your Wine Cabinet.

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When it comes to fine wine, thoughts naturally drift towards France and Italy, two countries synonymous with viticulture excellence.

However, the world of wine is vast and varied, with many countries producing exceptional bottles that deserve a spot in any connoisseur's collection. An often overlooked gem in the wine world is Greece, a country with a rich history of winemaking that dates back to ancient times.

Greek wines, with their unique grape varieties and distinct flavors, are making a mark on the international stage.

To introduce you to the delights of Greek viticulture, here are five Greek wines you should consider adding to your wine cabinet.

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5 Greek Wines You MUST Have in Your Wine Cabinet
  1. Sauvignon Blanc by Ktima Alpha: Starting with this iconic label, this dry white wine hails from Florina and boasts the Sauvignon Blanc variety. Perfectly accompanying seafood dishes, creamy pasta sauces, sushi, Asian cuisine, and a wide range of grilled fish, this wine is a must-have for any white wine lover.

  2. Tesseris Limnes by Ktima Kir-Yianni: Also from Florina, this white wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer varieties. Its incredibly clear white color and rich yet subtle taste pair wonderfully with fresh salads, grilled fish, grilled chicken, and yellow cheeses.

  3. A Muse by Ktima Mouson: Originating from Central Greece, this label is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat varieties. An excellent choice for rosé enthusiasts, A Muse complements fresh seafood, sushi, salads, and pies beautifully.

  4. Xinomavro Hedgehog by Ktima Alpha: For red wine aficionados, this selection from Amyntaio is recommended to be opened at least 5-7 years after harvest. The "Hedgehog" vineyard, overlooking the lake, lends its name to this exquisite Xinomavro from Ktima Alpha. It pairs perfectly with sausages, various grilled meats, rustic rooster with pasta, Mediterranean casseroles, and game like wild boar.

  5. Piccolo Mondo by Semeli: It's hard to express just how much we adore this wine. A semi-sweet red, made entirely from the Agiorgitiko grape. The intense red fruits, such as cherry and sour cherry, along with its sweet fruity aftertaste, make it truly unique. Also available in white and rosé semi-sweet variations, it pairs flawlessly with meats or pasta with soft red sauces, or can be enjoyed as an aperitif with fruits, nuts, or even chocolate.

While Greece may not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking of world-class wines, its offerings are diverse, rich, and deserving of recognition. From the refreshing acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc to the deep, complex flavors of a Xinomavro, Greek wines offer a taste experience that can bring people together, much like Madonna's "Music". So, when considering your next wine purchase, why not explore the ancient and illustrious world of Greek wines?