Drinks or a Glass of Wine
Greece, the country of Dionyssos, the god of wine, is the home of the first Vins de Qualite Produit Region (VQPRD) wines in history. The wines in question were from the islands of Chios and Thassos, famous since the ancient times. For a variety of historical and social reasons, and due to natural disasters, the art of wine-making declined from the mid-19th century to the early 1960s, when the traditional customs of winemaking revived. Today one can find a multitude of excellent Greek wines from every region of the country. When you taste Greek wine, bear in mind that it is the produce of excellent harvest, made from varieties of grape unknown to Western lovers of wine.
Greek wines are classified in the following four categories: 1) Controlled Appellation of Origin. 2) Superior Quality Appellation of Origin 3) Local wine. 4) Table wine.
Controlled appellation of origin
Listed in the category are only sweet wines, such as the Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia and Patra, the Moschato of Patras, Limnos, Cephalonia and Rodos, and the Sweet wine of Samos.
Listed in the category of superior quality appellation of origin are some of the best wines of Greece. Some 20 locations have been designated appellation of origin. In Northern Greece are the appellations Zitsa, Amyntaio, Goumenisa and Naousa. In Halkidiki is the appellation Playies Melitona. In Thessaly are the appellations Agialos and Rapsani. In the Athens area is the appellation of Kantza. In the Peloponnese are the appellations of Patras, Mantineia, and Nemea. In the Ionian islands is the appellations Rombola Cephalinias. In the islands of Paros, Limnos, Rhodes, and Santorini are the appellations (Paros, Limnos, Rhodes and Santorini). In Crete are the appellations of origin, Arkanes, Peza, Siteia and Daphnes.
Finally the last two categories, i.e. the local and table wines, offer wine lovers pleasant, exhilarating flavors.
The Vineyard of Attica.
Attica is a traditional high quality wine producing region with a total area of vineyards of 16,346 acres. It is fortified by the mountains Hymettos, Penteli, Parnitha, Kithairon, Gerania and Mt. Father. In the coastal zone of Attica vineyard, the winds and the sea breezes blowing throughout the summer, lower the extreme temperatures, bringing the average annual temperature in the attic, about 18 degrees celcius. The climate of the region is characterized as genuine Mediterranean, with ample sunshine, one of the greatest in Greece with favorable conditions for viticulture. In addition, the attic land, even though it is mainly barren, it has territories that have interesting variety in texture. In this way, the beneficial properties of the climate of the area led the wine growers to plant and to experiment with some more varieties, like Assirtiko, Athiri, Malagouzia, Mandilaria, but to a greater extent of the well known Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. Somehow, just like that, Stamata, Pallini, Pikermi, Spata, Peania, Koropi, Markopoulo, Anavissos, Megara and in other areas new vineyards where found and their respective names of local wines were approved. Within the different varieties of white grapes cultivated here are Savatiano and Roditis which are used for the production of the famous and popular Retsina which accompanies superbly the dishes of Mediterranean cuisine.
For ample information on Greek wine, varieties and everything that has to do with wine, go to The Greek Wine Insider.
|Athens Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes |
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