Greece is producing a diverse range of accessible reds, often using indigenous grape varieties and with a more restrained approach to oak. Read this report on 88 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Nico Manessis, regional chair for Greece and Cyprus at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
88 wines tasted with three rated Outstanding
The panel tasters were: Terry Kandylis, Yiannis Karakasis MW and Nico Manessis
The landscape of Greece is mostly mountainous, its vineyards consisting of small plots scattered across the slopes. This means high-altitude viticulture, with sites ranging from 150-750m above sea level.
There’s also an abundance of indigenous vines, with over 150 red grapes – most of them hard to pronounce.
Scroll down to see the top wines from this panel tasting
One name to look out for is Agiorgitiko, which makes accessible, warm-fruited wines with a distinctive black cherry character. Produced in a range of styles from young and fruity to more structured, it’s the backbone of vineyards in Nemea in the Peloponnese.