Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The earliest evidence
of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a
household or communal basis. In ancient times, Greece played a crucial role in the
development of the wine culture of Europe. As trade in wine became extensive, it
was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean; Greek wine had especially high
prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from
Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
Nearly two thousand years of foreign occupation took a toll on her fortunes, yet many
of Greece's rich viticultural resources remain intact.
During the last forty years the Greek wine industry has struggled to regain its name.
Now, armed with an ocean of indigenous cultivars, a superior climate for grape growing,
and an abundance of brainpower and technological resources, Greek wine now presents
exciting new--and ancient--possibilities for wine lovers around the world.
In the past two decades, Greece has undergone a revolution in which quality,
individuality and history are the hallmarks of a new generation of Greek wine producers
determined to make their mark abroad.
Cooperative of Samos