country culture“It’s All Greek To Me” has long been a statement of confusion. But the wines from one of the world’s oldest civilizations are more familiar than you think. With four top producers from throughout Greece, Craft + Estate is proud to bring Greek wines mainstream. Demystifying these indigenous Greek grapes is easy and will open a whole new world for wine lovers.
 
 

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 ASSYRTIKO

Assyrtiko is indigenous to Santorini and has evolved to thrive in the harsh, inorganic soils of the island, although it adapts well and has been widely planted in various soils and climates throughout Greece. This traditional Greek wine is known for its naturally high acidity and mineral flavor characteristics.

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Key Takeaway:
“ Purity in style.” This 4th generation estate espouses a very traditional attitude toward winemaking, showcasing the grape’s natural Greek flavor profile.
Reminds You Of… Classic Santorini Assyrtiko. Albariño.

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Key Takeaway: “ The Dreamer.” This avant-garde winery was founded in the 1994 with the aim of pushing the boundaries of Greek fine wine, exploring the potential for different styles of Assyrtiko.
Reminds You Of… A benchmark Santorini Assyrtiko. Cru Chablis.


Greek Grape_RedAGIORGITIKO

Also known as “St. George,” Agiorgitiko is traditionally grown in Nemea. The most serious, high-quality Agiorgitiko comes from cool climate, low-yielding vineyards with free-draining soils.

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Key Takeaway:
The only grape permitted in PDO Nemea wines, Agiorgitiko is a leader in quality red wines from Greece. Age-worthy for 10 years or more.
Reminds You Of… Old World Merlot, with a bright acidity.


Greek Grape_PinkMOSCHOFILERO

Moschofilero is a pink-skinned grape that is primarily grown in the northern Peloponnese. The best Moschofilero comes from cool climate, high-altitude vineyards which preserve its natural aromatics.

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Key Takeaway:
This wine is part of a new, monovarietal lineup from the renowned Gai’a Wines, meant to offer a springboard to Greece’s indigenous grapes.
Reminds You Of…
Dry Muscat or Torrontés


Greek Grape_YellowSAVATIANO

Indigenous to Attica, Savatiano is the most widely planted variety in Greece. Known for its exceptional resistance to drought and naturally low acidity. Cultivated since antiquity: 
“Rumor has it Socrates drank Savatiano wines.” – winemaker, Vassilis Papagiannakos

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Key Takeaway:
This is the flagship wine from a 3rd generation winery that is dedicated to elevating the quality and reputation of Savatiano. Dry farmed and hand harvested from old vines, this wine represents the pinnacle of the grape.
Reminds You Of…
a great Pinot Gris, but with more complexity and minerality

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Key Takeaway:
This is wine history in a glass. In ancient times, all wines were “retsina” as pine resin was the best way to keep wine preserved in a storage vessel. Today we are very familiar with oak flavors in wine because that is the most common type of storage vessel; just as Retsina was the common flavor in wines during ancient times.
Reminds You Of…
an aromatized wine, like Vermouth. Hints of juniper also make this a unique substitute in a Gin & Tonic.


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The modern Greek wine industry started its focus on quality in the 1970s, and many producers took a New World approach by planting international varieties. As the reputation for indigenous grapes is improving, many producers are creating unique blends to showcase the best Greek wine from the of both worlds.

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Key Takeaway:
A unique blend of three indigenous grapes, dominated by Assyrtiko, this white has the quality of a Santorini PDO minus the official classification.
Reminds You Of… Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, or Dry Riesling from Alsace. 

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Key Takeaway:
Mainland Assyrtiko meets Sauvignon Blanc makes this an easy intro into the world of Greek grapes. A gateway wine.
Reminds You Of…
Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Blends. California Sauvignon Blanc.

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Key Takeaway:
A “dramatic” red from one of Greece’s newest and up-and-coming wine regions: Drama.
Reminds You Of…
Syrah-driven on the palate. Zippy substitute for Malbec lovers.