12 Reasons To Love Greek Wine

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 03 March 2015
12 Reasons To Love Greek Wine

1. Greece specializes on small-scale production of high quality wines. Around 5 million liters of wine are produced per year, ranking Greece as one of the most important word-wide in relation to its population and viniculture zones. 2. 75 local grape varieties are cultivated in Greece today. The vast majority of them are not found outside the country (they are endemic).

3. The oldest archaeological evidence of crushed grapes in the world were found in Greece.

4. The first Greek region evidenced to commercially promote and export its wine around the Mediterranean was Crete, around 2700 B.C.

5. The cult of Dionysus, god of wine and mysticism came from Asia to Greece, around 1300 B.C. In honor of Dionysus the Dionysia festival included athletic games, theatre and poetry contests. Today, regional wine-tasting festivals and expos are organized throughout the year.Wine-related agritourism is also an excellent way of discovering how tradition is combined with modern technology at the country’s wineries. (for more info see here)

To read more, go to visitgreece.gr

by Sophia Nikolaou