You’ve probably heard it many times – wine tastes better when it is produced. This is true in the case of Greece, where the simple cuisine, which doesn’t require complicated maneuvers or elaborate preparation, allows the flavors of wine to shine throughout. But if you need more convincing, here are six reasons why you should pick Greece as your next wine tasting destination.
Established in 1986, Domaine Skouras is a well-established winery in the wine-producing region of Nemea, in Peloponnese. With its two wineries, one near the village of Gymno, that focuses on Agiorgitiko grape variety, and the second in Malandreni, Domaine Skouras definitely is worth a visit. With grapes growing in slopes and hills on granular and rocky soil, the varieties cultivated, which includes Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero, Kydonitsa and Roditis, Viognier, Merlot, Chardonnay or Syrah, the estate produces everyday wine as well as a few gems created by unique combinations and intuition.
Located in northern Greece, the region of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, is known since antiquity to be “the mother of wine, where vines abound”. Owned by Thomas Ligas, who manages the estate with his children Jason and Meli, the ktima (domaine) produces wine from several varieties, including Roditis, Assyrtiko, Kydonitsa for white and Xinomavro, Limniona for red. With a particular focus on natural growth and adopting a limited intervention approach, the estate produces wine where the natural characteristics of the grape are preserved. Make sure to drop by for a visit at the Ligas winery if you are visiting Thessaloniki.
Domaine Ligas, 1st km Giannitsa-Archontiko, Giannitsa–Pella, Greece, +30 23820 24 421
Mykonos Vioma, located near Ano Mera, in the heart of the island, is a small farm and an organic vineyard in stark contrast to the typical stereotypes of the party island of Mykonos. In this rural setting, the grape varieties cultivated are Assytriko, Athiri, Monemvasia, Malagousia, Agiannitis and Mandilaria, which are grown following organic and biodynamic practices while classical music is diffused through speakers to ensure healthy and vigorous grapes. If you want to find out if all this is worth it, make sure to book a wine tour and you will get your answer.
Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm and Vineyard, Ano Mera, Maou, Mykonos, Greece, +30 22890 71883 & +30 6974 120069
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