There are few, if any, wine-producing countries as steeped in history as Greece. Wine production in Greece dates back to at least 2000 B.C., and the Greeks are widely considered to be the founders of modern viticulture and winemaking practices that have remained relevant since their development some 3,500 years ago. Given this country’s rich wine history, it’s no surprise that Greek wines have become incredibly popular all over the world – in fact, many connoisseurs consider Greek wines to be the finest in the world due to their unique character and flavor profiles.
1) Greeks love their wine
It’s no surprise, then, that Greece is among Europe’s top producers. With annual production in excess of 2 million barrels, Greece ranks as one of Europe’s largest suppliers of alcoholic beverages. The country’s climate and terrain are ideal for grape cultivation, making it a popular destination for wine lovers who want to experience what some consider to be some of Europe’s best wines.
2) Wine has been produced in Greece since ancient times
The cultivation of grapevines, as well as the making of wine, is known to have taken place in Greece at least as early as 6000 BC. In fact, it was considered a basic agricultural practice and a fundamental source of nourishment.
3) The grape varieties are different from the ones grown in France
The grapes used to produce top-notch wines in Greece are a lot different than those grown in France. While we often associate French wine with varieties such as Pinot noir or Chardonnay, they are not cultivated in Greece at all. There, producers harvest Assyrtiko, Xinomavro and Agiorgitiko to name just a few of their most popular grapes.
4) It is an excellent accompaniment to most meals
Thanks to its versatility and lightness, you can enjoy a nice glass of white or red before your main meal or alongside it, without risking any negative effects on your health. This is because many wines are produced with grapes grown in fertile soil, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. In addition, red wine contains resveratrol – a substance found in grape skins (particularly merlot) that is known for its antioxidant qualities.
5) The vineyards have many unique features for resisting harsh weather conditions
Their terrain is often stony, mountainous and covered by a thick layer of impermeable soil, called thermo-mineral, which helps retain warmth in winter. The stone walls surrounding vineyards help heat up in autumn and keep cool in spring.
6) Greece is famous for its Thrapsano wine, known as Sultana in Australia and United Kingdom.
The Sultana grape is a unique fruit to Greece, originally grown in Macedonia. The Sultana grape has a high sugar content and maintains its consistency even with over ripe fruits. In fact, while raisins are made from other dried fruits such as dates or figs, these varieties tend to be very tart. On the other hand, Thrapsano grapes are quite sweet and can be eaten on their own or used to create some of Greece’s most famous wines.
7) Unlike other European countries, winemakers can use organic farming methods in Greece.
There is no legal distinction between organic and conventional farming in Greece. Anyone can choose to farm using organic methods, provided they adhere to EU law governing agricultural products with an organic label. In other European countries, farmers have to apply for organic certification in order to be allowed to farm organically—which adds significant time and cost. In Greece, however, all farmers are free to farm using organic methods if they choose.
8) There is great development going on around Greek wines at the moment
winemakers are using sustainable methods, and regions such as Drama, Kavala and Serres have been producing some excellent wines in recent years. There is a growing interest in both white and red wines from Greece, making us all feel very proud of what our country can achieve when it sets its mind to something!
9) The industry generates approximately 3000 jobs directly and over 15,000 indirectly.
That’s because Greece only exports 1.3 million hectoliters (mhl) of wine a year, which is low compared to countries like Italy and France. However, they don’t focus on quantity – but instead quality! In 2012 their top six wineries received 17 medals at The London International Wine Challenge.
10) Exporting your products may be easier than expected if you follow these simple steps.
Products made in Greece are often known for their high quality and low cost. Exporting your products to other countries might seem like a difficult, if not impossible task. However, there is actually a very easy way to sell internationally. You may be able to export your products with just a few simple steps