“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.
ESTATE ARGYROS SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO
Key Takeaway: “ Purity in style.” This 4th generation estate espouses a very traditional attitude toward winemaking, showcasing the grape’s natural Greek flavor profile.
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.
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.
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.
GAI’A MONOGRAPH MOSCHOFILERO
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
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
DOMAINE PAPAGIANNAKOS OLD VINE SAVATIANO
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
DOMAINE PAPAGIANNAKOS RETSINA
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.
ESTATE ARGYROS ATLANTIS WHITE
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.
KTIMA PAVLIDIS THEMA WHITE
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.
KTIMA PAVLIDIS THEMA RED
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.