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#Assyrtiko - #Malagousia - #Avgoustiatis - #Mavrodaphne... chosen by Dionysus, the #wine god...

#Assyrtiko - #Malagousia - #Avgoustiatis - #Mavrodaphne... chosen by Dionysus, the #wine god... | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Hellenic Republic has been stomping on grape bunches for over 5,000 years to produce various drops of vino from over 300 indigenous varietals. In Greece, grape harvest season is considered a celebration of its ancient civilisation and a salute to Dionysus, the god of wine.

In recent times, the Greek nation has been mostly brought to our attention through repetitive news reels regarding the country’s economic difficulties. For the Greek wine industry, this has meant less of a platform to show the world a skill they have been perfecting for millennia. I for one am not letting that get in my way. 

In this issue I am going to do my part to help pull back the curtain on Dionysus’ nation and offer you, my readers, an insight into the local wine varietals and the grape growing regions that you should be drinking. As for pronouncing some of them, I’m afraid I can’t promise to be of help there! 

White Varietals

Assyrtiko
Considered as the ambassador of Greek white wines, this varietal thrives in the region of Santorini. The mix of aromas from wild citrus plants and sea salt-like minerality is immediately mouth-watering. This is often a clean and fruit driven wine that is very approachable and likened to a crispy dry Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend. A great wine with a beach-side grilled octopus starter. Assyrtiko-Athiri, Sigalas Winery $200, from olivetreehk.com.

Malagousia
This is a new discovery of mine and was instantly a favourite in recent tastings at my store. A rich and full-flavoured wine with an intense stone fruit essence that is often blended with components of oak. The flavour spectrum is like Marsanne, Roussanne (typical Rhône Valley) or a lighter style Chardonnay from a cooler region. The grapes are traditionally cultivated in a place called Etoloakarnania, which sounds a bit like an extinct dinosaur fossil. Malagousia, Moraitis Winery, $95, from olivetreehk.com

Red Varietals

Avgoustiatis
Considered a rare red grape, and planted on the west coast of Peloponnese, this varietal creates a dry wine style that is extremely dark in colour. It carries soft tannins, gives a splash of spice to the palate and has a little grunt due to the punchier alcohol levels. The key to this wine is the hot Greek western sunshine that gives these vines plenty of sustenance for ripening. Available next month from flyingwinemaker.asia.

Mavrodaphne
A varietal that directly translates as ‘black laurel’, this certainly lives up to its name with a jet black grape on the vine. Planted mostly on the west coast of the country (Achaia and Cephalonia) the grape can achieve such intense ripeness that it is great for making sweeter style wines. Sweet style wines also require the retention of natural acidity, which this varietal achieves consistently.
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Classic wineries of Northern Greece | ELLOINOS

Classic wineries of Northern Greece | ELLOINOS | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

The UK wine market has been one of the toughest for Greek wineries to gain an entry into. The dominance by the supermarkets, whose focus is often on price, leaves room only for a limited number of players who might be able to compete. Despite this, we have witnessed some interesting and promising developments over recent months: Marks & Spencer includes four Greek wines as part of their courageous Eastern Med portfolio; the Wine Society has increased their offering with some very special selections, and Berry Bros also boasts a small, yet thoughtfully structured list.iting the classic wineries of Northern Greece with a UK wine critics...

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Greek grapes to celebrate

Greek grapes to celebrate | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Zeus is being a grumpy old man today,'' says Evangelos Gerovassiliou, as we lunch on the verandah of his winery Domaine Gerovassiliou in Epanomi in northern Greece. Black clouds gather over Mount Olympus, which dominates the horizon, and is said to be the home of Zeus.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/greek-grapes-to-celebrate-20120707-21ncf.html#ixzz20DJNH9qP
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Great Greeks; Barrel Aged Assyrtiko from Domaine Sigalas | Wine Virtuosity

Great Greeks; Barrel Aged Assyrtiko from Domaine Sigalas | Wine Virtuosity | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

If you’re following Wine Virtuosity you know that Greek wines are in focus here. They deserve that. Santorini probably is the region least needing it, they already receive international attention, but too few consumers have realized just how good Assyrtiko can get. Here’s to the master himself, Paris Sigalas. Thanks for following!

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New Wines of Greece…Assyrtico from Santorini

New Wines of Greece…Assyrtico from Santorini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Just when you think you know a little bit about wine you travel to Greece and you realize there is so much more to learn. I recently returned from Greece, attending the 3rd annual New Wines of Greece Symposium and traveling throughout the country and the Aegean Islands as a guest of New Wines of Greece, traveling with All About Greek Wines founder Sofia Perpera and her husband George Athanas.
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