Discover the Wines of Greece

Rooted in Wisdom

Winemaking in Greece dates back nearly 7,000 years, making it one of the oldest wine-producing nations on earth. Now, a new generation of winemakers is combining that ancient knowledge with modern techniques to create some very exciting wines.

For centuries, Greek wine was considered the best in the world. That reputation faded into obscurity as other nations discovered their own ability to make wine (thanks in no small part to Greek knowledge), but today, wines from Greece are once again starting to recapture the world’s imagination. Flavourful and diverse, versatile and food-friendly, the wines from this unique destination are ripe for discovery. 


Wines to Try

Start discovering our collection of exciting Greek wines with this curated list. Or visit our store at 
200 Danforth Ave., in Toronto to see our expanded in-store collection of Greek wines and spirits.


 

Fast Facts

 

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Winemaking here is 7,000 years old.
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Greece is the 13th largest wine-producing country in the world.
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Greece is home to around 300 indigenous varietals.

 

Greece's Key Wines

 

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Assyrtiko

Greece’s most famous white wine grape is most closely associated with the picturesque island of Santorini. The vines – the most ancient among them up to 250-years-old – are famously trained into unique basket shapes and grown close to the ground to protect them from the island’s sometimes fierce winds. While nearly two thirds of Santorini’s vineyards are still dedicated to Assyrtiko, the grape is now being planted throughout Greece.

YOU'LL EXPERIENCE: Full-bodied Assyrtiko is often compared to Sauvignon Blanc for its high acidity and sharp citrus notes, but along with those lemony flavours it also typically reveals exotic notes like jasmine and ginger. Some detect a slight saltiness to Assyrtiko, as well.

TRY IT WITH: A warm zucchini and goat cheese tart, seared salmon with tzatziki or a creamy risotto with peas and pancetta.

 

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Moschofilero

Pretty, pink-skinned Moschofilero is normally used to make bright, vibrant and highly aromatic white wines, but it can also produce stellar sparkling, rosé and late-harvest dessert wines, as well. Mostly grown on the Peloponnese, where the peninsula’s rugged terrain creates a wide variety of microclimates informed by the region’s warm days and cool nights.

YOU'LL EXPERIENCE: Riesling and Viognier are the two grapes Moschofilero is most often compared to. Bright, with a fresh acidity, a distinct “rose bouquet” is often present along, with fresh apple, lychee and citrus flavours. Moschofilero is an easy-drinking, food-friendly crowd pleaser.

TRY IT WITH: Seared scallops with brown butter and capers, sushi of all sorts or a fresh, mixed berry tart.

 

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Agiorgitiko

If Agiorgitiko (Ah-your-yeek-tee-ko), one of Greece’s most widely planted grapes, was as easy to pronounce as Merlot it might share its popularity. Both are luscious, full-bodied red wines that thrive in their respective climates. Native to Greece, the mountainous Nemea region is its spiritual home, but Agiorgitiko is grown throughout the country and is utilized for everything from light rosé to dense, structured, tannic wines with great aging potential.

YOU'LL EXPERIENCE: Most winemakers prefer to let Agiorgitiko express its natural, full-bodied character. Rich and ruby red, aromas of spice and herbs (like wild oregano, thyme) lead to black currant and wild strawberry flavour in younger wines that give way to fig and raisin aromas as bottles age.  

TRY IT WITH: Tuna with tapenade, roast duck with maple, soy glaze or braised lamb shank.

 


Greek Spirits

Greece’s national drink, the refreshing, anise flavoured, ouzo, is the most widely known Greek spirit outside of the country, but it is hardly the only one. Raki that is distilled from grapes like grappa is popular on the Macedonian mainland. Tsipouro, sometimes flavoured with anise, but not always, is a specialty of Crete. Masticha (technically a liqueur) hails from Chios where there is an abundance of the resin-producing mastic tree that gives the liqueur its distinct flavour.