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Hellenic wines’ hype by American sommeliers and all the world’s wine lovers 

Greek producers, writes the latest WSJ article, have gained something Portuguese winemakers can only dream of possessing: the hearts and minds of American sommeliers.

At Manhattan restaurant Boulud Sud, wine director  Michael Madrigale features several Hellenic whites by the glass because he believes they fit the Mediterranean menu better and are more interesting than some other, more-popular wines. For Pinot Grigio fans, for example, he recommends the 2014 Santo Santorini Assyrtiko; for Sancerre lovers, Alpha Estate’s Axia Malagouzia. Mr. Madrigale also features about 10 to 12 Greek whites by the bottle at Boulud Sud—all reasonably priced, from $50 to $60 each, which, he said, makes it easy for people to experiment with unknown wine.

Some wine professionals have become so impassioned about the country’s wines they are opening restaurants with entirely Greek lists.  Evan Turner has been a sommelier in Houston and New York and is scheduled to open a restaurant, Helen Greek Food and Wine, in Houston in July. He plans an all-Greek wine list that includes about 100 options, a number he plans to double in time. Find that on greektomefan

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Greek God of Wine

Perhaps the most interesting element that shows us that wine had an important place in Ancient 

Greece is that there was a god, Dionysus, who was completely devoted to wine and all its facets. He started appearing in the culture when the Mycenaeans were at their most prominent. Because of him, many wine festivals were held in his honor.

Ancient Wine Trade

The first evidence of wine trade also occurred during the time of the Mycenaeans. At that time, they used clay vessels called amphoras to store it. These vessels, which had been thought to have their roots in Mycenae, were found in places like Cyprus, Egypt, Palestine, and Sicily. Because of these findings, they concluded that this is where the wine trade had its beginning. by the WorldwideGreeks, March 22, 2015

Greek wine and wine making is as ancient as the marble columns that line the Parthenon. Archaeologists have uncovered winemaking artifacts from Greece that date as far back as 1600 BC, as the area played an enormous role in wine trade. We can even credit the Greeks with establishing an appellation system to ensure quality and place of origin.

Today’s Greek winemakers, with a nod to antiquity, are working to bring Greek wine back into vogue. Updated winemaking technology blended with the nation’s 300 indigenous grape varieties (some of them ancient) has done much to elevate the modern-day perception of Greek viticulture. The Greek climate is also a winning combination: ample sun, minimal rainfall and abundant poor soil set the stage for some serious grape growing.

Greek wine does appear to have it all—history, climate and uniqueness. It has one more thing: pronunciation. Learn why at the Forbes  

Top Wines From Greece: What To Buy

Voil'a!.... The Drops of the Paradise 

Greece's geographical structure, its climate together with the soil makes it look like a paradise. "In a paradise whatever you do...flourishes" says Yiannis Boutaris, Mair of Thessaloniki and owner of one of the successfull wineries of greek wine. Enjoy the travelling to the blessed wineof this land  that adds joy, inspiration and years , ( still), to the lives of the ex-happy Greeks !

With its roots dating back some 6,500 years, Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world.Go to the Wine Enthusiast
for the Greek Wines

It was here where wine was born, , and remember, Greeks drank wine in their water all day long!

Cultivating wine has been dated back to ancient civilizations as long ago as 4500 BC.
 Archeoloists have proof of wine production in ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, and China to name only a few areas of primal production.

A medicine:  Disinfectant, of Body and Soul

Hippocrates, the great physician of Antiquity (460-377BC), used to recommend wine as a part of a healthy diet, advocated its use as a disinfectant for wound. He also prescribed wine as a cure for lethargy during the childbirth.

On the other hand, we had Plato, who considered that the wine had a cure for austerity of old age...

. Around the 8th Century BC, Greece had some colonies in Italy and Sicily, they would introduced wine making techniques to them and later on in France and Spain

Among them Socrates, who, as he was a wine-lover, when his turn to act as "symposiarhos", he loved to propose "Samos" wine, since it was his favorite. (Bibliography : “O Kyrios mou Alciviades”, written by the servant of the Athenean general and politician Alciviades, who was a Socrates student and admirer).

The symposiums at Percicles house - the governor of Athens to built Parthenon during his “Golden Era” - 

(The one and only era in the history of the human kind without corruption), are famous for the greatest of the philosophers, poets and artists to gather

Modern science proofing the knowledge of the ancient Greeks
for the healing effect of the wine


Polyphenols, include resveratrol. This antioxidant helps to decrease inflammation. Decreasing inflammation in the body will help to minimize aging and battle disease. It has been said that consuming just one glass of red wine a day for women and two glasses a day for men has been proven to provide a variety of benefits for your heart. It can help decrease plaque build up if you have high cholesterol, which can in turn lower your risk of heart attack. Resveratol also helps to bring blood and oxygen to your skin.MORE by

While it appears the tastes and additives of wine have drastically changed, the purpose behind creating and consuming wine has also transformed. Once upon a time, wine was made because ancient water purification systems were very poor. People drank wine all of the time, mixing it with water, not to get drunk, but rather to survive


Wine Celebrations in Ancient Greece, to gods, and senses

“In 1999, a Turkish university compared the antioxidant benefits of red wine, grape juice and white wine. The Ankara University researchers found that, while red wine and red grape juice contained higher levels of antioxidants, the protection of cells from oxidation was not significantly greater than the effects of white wine

. Studies analyzing white wine’s effects on particular diseases have found that its antioxidant content is effective for preventing lung disease and breast cancer. In 2002, researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine found that moderate lifelong white wine consumption improves lung health. In 2010 University of Wisconsin researchers found that white wine protects cells from breast cancer equally well compared with red wine. The grape itself also contains nutrients and antioxidants, so white wine, while not as healthy as red, is still considered a healthy beverage.”

A celebration of wine known as "Anthestiria" or "the festival of flowers" was popular and probably derived its name from the fact that ancient Greek wines were famous for their flower aromas. The Anthestiria took place in February when the jars of fermenting wine were ready to open.
Another popular event was the grand celebration known as "Dionyssia" that took place in Athens every March. In addition to welcoming the spring season Dionyssia is also thought to have followed in the Babylonian tradition of celebrating the New Year in March. 
The remarkable theater of Dionyssus located below the Parthenon is a clear testament to the strong influence of this God in the every day life of the Greeks.