In the Medieval ages, wines in Greece from Crete, Monemvasia and other regions were exported to countries of northern Europe.
Wines in Greece today are highly connected to the gastronomy. Almost every garden in the villages and greek islands has a vineyard and all taverns have house wine, produced by locals. Over the last years, there is a large effort to bottle and export Greek wine to various countries around the world.
Red and white wines
All types of Greek wines (white, red and rose) are produced in the country and depending on the grape variety and the soil elements, the taste is different. Crete, Santorini, Nemea, Kefalonia, Patras, Naoussa, Paros and Samos are the most famous wine-producing regions in Greece. Here are the most popular grape varieties in Greece:
Information about different types of red wines in Greece: Agiorghitiko, Xinomavro, Mandilaria, and Mavrodaphne.
Agiorghitiko (the grape of Saint George) is a variety of wine native to Nemea Peloponnese, producing a soft, fruity wine.
Xinomavro (sour black) is mainly a variety of Naoussa, in the prefecture of Macedonia. This variety has great aging potential.
Mandilaria, mostly cultivated on the islands of Rhodes and Crete, gives very tannic wine, which is frequently blended with other grapes to soften the taste.