The Grapes of Greece: 5 Facts About Greek Wine

Despite the country’s truly ancient history of winemaking, Greek wine is often overlooked in favor of its European counterparts. Keep reading below to learn more about what makes Greek wine so unique. 

 

A Proud History

Greek wine dates back to 4000 BC when the first vines were domesticated. Various communities throughout Greece perfected the techniques and soon became the center of wine. Greek wine almost went out of existence during the Ottoman Empire’s ruling. The Turks discouraged both the process of winemaking and consumption. Due to this, winemakers were forced to abandon their vineyards and because of this, Greece lost its status as a winemaking power. 

 

The Nectar of the Gods

In Ancient Greece, wine was offered as a sacrifice to the Gods in times of celebration. Dionysus is the god of grape harvest, winemaking, and wine. It was he that the winemakers would worship to ensure a good harvest.

 

Unique Varietals & Perfect Conditions

Did you know that Greece has over 200 indigenous grapes? This includes Xinomavro, Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, and Savino – some of the most common varieties as seen on our wine list. As Greece is the only country with these, they produce wines that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In addition to this, Greece has the perfect conditions for vineyards. The terroir is rich, with sprawls of mountains, lush valleys, and mineral-rich islands. The soil is fertile and regularly watered, there is plenty of sun in the summer and fall for the ideal ripening.

 

Variety and Dynamism

Unlike many famous European vineyards, winemakers in Greece are dynamic, all about looking for new ways to improve their methods. Increasingly, we are also seeing organic vineyards producing even better-quality wines, unique to these regions. Only good quality wine ages well and many of the country’s red wines show good potential for aging.

 

Award-Winning

Lastly, and most importantly, Greek wines are always winning international awards for our delicious wine varieties. Last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards gave Greek wines 1 Platinum-Best in Show, 2 Platinums, and 9 Golds. Visit Committee in Boston, MA to try some award-winning wines right here in the city – you won’t even have to travel to Greece! 

 

Visit Committee in Boston, MA

Visit us in Boston, MA to try our variety of Greek award-winning wines! See what you like best, and figure out what matches your palate. We can help you! Make reservations online or come on in. 

 

National Drink Wine Day: Why You Should Choose Greek Wine

Everyone loves a comeback. Greek wine is our favorite comeback. There was a time almost 2750 years ago that Greeks made the best wine in the world and this latest for centuries. All of a sudden, everything wine-related in Greece turned into a dumpster fire. The Greeks did not quit. They knew their ancestors had made astounding wine, and they knew they could do it again. So, in the last thirty years, we have seen the Greeks make the greatest comeback in wine history. 

 

Why Is Greek Wine That Unique? 

The perseverings of Greeks resulted in them taking all the ancient skills and old vineyards and bringing back brilliant Greek wine. Wines that are now the envy of the world. These wines fall into two categories. The first is wines that follow a classic route, using the knowledge of centuries to influence the creation. Second, the wines that are not bound by classic style take influence from wherever they choose, and in some cases just make something unique and groundbreaking. 

 

At Committee, we have separated our wines into those two categories: Classics and Radicals. The Classics, under “Homer”, wrote about wine like no other in the ancient world and believed in our notion of Greek hospitality and Philoxenia. The Radicals, under “George Michael”, because he is fabulous, just like Greek wine. Here are a few of our favorite options.

 

Our Favorite Radicals You Should Try

 “Club Tropicana, drinks are free” – George Michael.

 

Rose of Xinomavro, Kir Yianni “Akakies” PDO Amyndeon 2020

If you could wave a wand and turn kittens into wine.

Black Muscat of Tyrnavos, Papras “Melanthia” PGI Tyrnavos 2020

When George R.R. Martin writes another novel, the characters will drink this. 

Tsapournakos/Xinomavro Voyatzi PGI Velvento 2019

There is a long story about this wine involving the French army.

 

Some Of Our Favorite Classics

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile”- Homer.

 

Domaine Spiropoulos ‘Ode Panos’ Brut, PDO Mantinia 2014

Official sparkling wine of ‘Squid Games’. Don’t believe us? Go look it up.

Debina, Glinavos PDO Zitsa 2015

The first Greek sparkling wine. ‘Nuff said.

Moschofilero, Tselepos “Amalia” PGI Arcadia NV

The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings-Plato. Take a sip, you’ll get it

 

Visit Committee in Boston, MA Today

At Committee in Boston, we have a variety of different wine options for you to choose from for National Drink Wine Day on February 18. Committee is the kind of vibrant, welcoming place where the conversation flows, the sharable plates delight and satisfy, and the creative cocktails keep the mood light and fun. Step in and kick back in a gathering place that brings a new spark–and a true taste of Greece–to the Boston waterfront. Make reservations online today!