Greece

Modern Greek wines use international and indigenous varieties, though the focus has been very much on their own grapes, and the quality is excellent. To understand the true potential of Greek grape varieties look for white Assyrtiko, particulary from the volcanic island of Santorini, and Reds made from  Agiorgitiko from the Peloponnese and Xinomavro from Macedonia. Production is small (the whole of Greece produces about a third of the volume of Bordeaux), and most producers tend to run small, quality focused, operations.

See our Guide to Greek Grapes and Wine Regions

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Greece has, in the last twenty years, transformed into a rising star of the wine world. It has a particularly rich history of wine making, stretching back to the 7th century BCE. Early Greek colonization led to the vine being taken to all parts of the Mediterranean, thus laying the foundations for viticulture across Europe.