3 Vibrant Greek Wines
From Ancient Origins
The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, God of Wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean during the period of 1600 BC to the year 1. Hippocrates used wine for medicinal purposes and readily prescribed it.
The origins of wine-making in Greece go back 6,500 years, and evidence suggesting wine production confirms that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world.
Opulence sampled Greek wine selections, with three particular recommendations ideal for summer pours
Malagousia originated in the region of Nafpaktos in western Greece. The winemaker, Ktima Gerovassiliou, was the first to begin experimenting with the nearly extinct Malagousia grape. It is an especially aromatic grape leading to elegant full-bodied wines, with medium acidity and exciting aromas of exotic fruits, citrus, jasmine and mint.
“What I love about winemaking is the constant struggle and effort to accomplish the impossible, a perfect wine, fascinates me,” said Gerovassiliou.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, grilled seafood, light sauced pasta dishes and fresh vegetable salads.
Areti White, produced by domaine Biblia Chora on the slopes of Mount Pangeon at Kokkinochori, Kavala, is 100 percent Assyrtiko composition. It was first cultivated on the island of Santorini and maintains its acidity as it ripens. It yields a bone-dry wine with lemon blossom citrus aromas mixed with an earthy, mineral aftertaste due to the volcanic soil.
“From the creation of the grape, its evolution in the vineyard, the procedure till the harvest, the harvest, the winemaking, the first wine, bottling, all this is the love of my life,” said Vassilis Tsaktsarlis.
Food Pairing: Fresh oysters, mariniere mussels, pan seared scallops, fish with lemon, olive oil and capers.
Mantinia is a white wine made with a 100 percent Moschofilero varietal composition in the Mantinia appellation at the Ktima Tselepos estate in Tegea, Arcadia in the Peloponnese, which lies at an altitude of 750 meters and boasts sandy clay soil. Mantinia’s tasting notes offer exceptional freshness and lively acidity, citrus fruits and lemon flower.
“When you work with wine, you have to have passion, and fantasies about the future,” said Yiannis Tselepos. “I adore the unique way my daily work intertwines with nature. Each vintage is magical.”
Food Pairing: Shellfish, grilled flakey fish and summer salads.
For information on where to locate these fine Greek wines in the United States, visit cavaspiliadis.com.