Last month I mentioned having the intention of writing a story on Greek white wines for summer. But I got sidetracked when I fell head over heals for one very unique Greek winery and instead spent my time writing on the fantastic wines of Parparoussis Winery. (If you’re getting serious about Greek wines, these are not to be missed!)
But this month I’m back on track and I’m going to give you the original story.
Greek wines are becoming increasingly popular. Despite their almost impossible to read labels and utterly impossible to pronounce grape varietals, the wines of Greece are catching on, and for good reason.
Greek white wines are typically bright and easy drinking. They are often thirst quenching, refreshing and exactly what is called for on a summer day. They’re also usually very well priced for the quality.
Greek white wine varieties you should know
If you want to start branching out and trying more Greek white wines, there are a few grape varietals you’ll need to know.
- Assyrtiko typically makes high-acid, citrusy wines with a bit of minerality.
- Malagousia tends to offer melon fruit and floral aromas.
- Moscofilero usually makes fairly floral wines with citrus fruit flavors.
There are others but these three will help you dive in to the Greek world of refreshing, summer whites.
Many vintners are increasingly experimenting with creating Greek whites from more popular grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and even Viognier. But I find the wines made from the Greek grapes to be the most intriguing and most refreshing on summer’s hottest days.
My Greek white wine recommendations
If you want to find some Greek white wines to enjoy in the hotter weather, I’ve got a few suggestions to get you started:
Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia
This wine and winery are among Greece’s most significant because winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou is credited with saving this grape varietal from extinction. The wine is perfect for food. It is pale with a faint, sharp cheddar note, along with mango and tart lemon. It is well made, refreshing and elegant.
Ktima Biblia Chora Areti White
This is about as fresh and vibrant as a white wine can get. It offers an array of citrus on the nose and palate, including grapefruit, lemon and lime. On the palate, there’s a faint green almond note giving it added dimension.
Ktima Tselepos Mantinia
Made from 100% Moschofilero, this is a pretty wine. It offers faintly floral aromas and luscious lemon curd flavor on the middle of the palate. Although it is a thirst-quenchingly acidic wine, it has an appealingly soft texture as it caresses the tongue.
Canava Chryssou Tselepos Santorini
This wine is a 100% Assyrtiko from, as you might have guessed, Santorini. An acidic wine with honeysuckle and apricot aromas, it has the sharpness of lemon and grapefruit on the palate and minerality on the finish.
Amy Reiley is an internationally published wine writer as well as a leading authority on aphrodisiac foods. Got a question about wine, food or sexual health? She probably has the answer!
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