A Greek Wine Lover’s Ideal Itinerary

When deciding on a travel vacation, the most interesting short trips are often a quick overview of everything iconic about a new place. In Greece, there are myriad things to appreciate.

It is commonly known that the Greek scenery is legendary, the people friendly and the food iconic. The opportunity to experience the beauty of this region while also sampling the wonderful local wines makes this a true oenophile’s trip.

Beyond looking at an expensive tour, planning a trip like this alone would usually be time-consuming. This article takes the worry and doubt out of the equation and makes it easy. It includes tips only locals know and manages to compile it all in a three-day trip. The piece even suggests places to stay to experience the local culture.

The trip as planned includes both big city stops and small mountain village vistas. The author gives sound advice on meal options, pairings and tour bookings for different types of travelers. From 4×4 Jeep tour folks to fine art lovers, this trip has something for everyone. The wine is the highlight and common thread throughout the journey. It’s all set against an unforgettable Greek backdrop of fun, food and celebration, which makes for an unforgettable adventure.

Depending on how much time your group has to explore the region, the trip can be a weekend getaway or planned as part of a larger European vacation. Either way, this visit to an emerging wine region will turn old world wine lovers into Greek wine aficionados.

A Wine Lover’s Guide to Peloponnese

Wine Enthusiast magazine says the Peloponnese region was once the land of gods; now, it is simply paradise. The Peloponnese, a small peninsula in southern Greece, is perhaps best known historically for Paris of Troy’s elopement with Helen, queen of Sparta, which triggered the Trojan War, for being the place from which the Argonauts sailed in search of the Golden Fleece, or for being conquered by the hero Pelops, from which the peninsula gets its name.

But the infamy of the Peloponnesian legends has long since given way to the fame of its food and drink. The olive tree, Greece’s most important tree, grows nearly everywhere. While its fruit defines the whole of Greek cuisine, another fruit – grapes – defines Greek drink. From crisp fruity whites, to elegant dry roses, to full body reds and delicious sweet wines, the Peloponnese has a wine to please your palate.

In the Peloponnese, you will find a range of many different styles of wine to satisfy everyone’s taste and filoxenia (hospitality), all in a place that is simply like nowhere else on earth.

Learn about a few off-the-beaten-path places in the Peloponnese that hold the best places to explore the unique produce and wine Greece has to offer: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Greece’s Peloponnese.

Explore the Wine Route of Dionysus

Do you ever find you yourself daydreaming about a wine vacation? Perhaps you should look towards the birthplace of great wine, Greece, where vintners have had thousands of years to perfect their craft.

When embarking on a Greek wine tour, there is a nearly endless supply of wines to sample from all over the country. A great place to experience these wines is the Wine Route of Dionysus. This wine route is named after the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. Many boisterous festivals have been held in Dionysus’ honor, and historians credit these festivals as being a major force behind the development of Greek theater.

On the Wine Route of Dionysus, merrymakers travel through Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the delicious wine. During the tour, there are countless opportunities to enjoy Greek culture and history. This is the perfect vacation for someone who wishes to experience the joys of Greek wine country.

Next time you daydream about a wine vacation, imagine it in Greece. Picture yourself on the Wine Route of Dionysus, touring vineyards, sampling world-class wine, and talking to winemakers in their natural element. Then, when you are done daydreaming, book a plane ticket and come experience Greek wine in its native country. It will be the trip of a lifetime.

Wines of Greece has a website packed with information about Wine Route of Dionysus.

You’ll also find another website with great information at the tourism website of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

Making the most of your destination Greece visit with wine

If you love wine, Greece should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Greece has much to offer the fine wine lovers of the world.

Enjoy wine tourism through many of the great vineyards of the area, such as Manousakis, Gentilini, Moraitis and many others. You can never see too many vineyards on your trip, as long as you remember to pace yourself – a full day of vineyard visiting can make us all a little light-headed due to fine wines and friendly conversation.

While in Greece, try some of the most renowned wines of the area. Biblia Chora Ovilos and Gerovassiliou Malagousia both make wines in red and white, which provide strong, rich, forbidden flavors. They should be on your must-try list while exploring all that Greece has to offer. For a boost in the creative thinking process, Retsina provides a deep history on the way it was made and a unique taste that you must try while in Greece.

Plan your trip to Greece and visit all of the fine vineyards, sample the fine wines and laugh with friends near and far. Greece has a lot to offer its guests. Enjoy!

Greece is the home of wine culture

Wondering where the first wine goblet came from?  Or who came up with the idea of enjoying wine and food together?  It’s the same people who invented Democracy: the Greeks. Much about Greek culture and wine culture can be found in Central Greece. The region is one of the country’s richest in historic, archaeological sites including Delphi, the mythical center of the ancient world, the Monastery of Osios Loukás and the dramatic Metéora peaks. Continue reading Greece is the home of wine culture

Visit a Wine Region with 3,500 Years of History

You may not be able to find the 1500 BC vintage of wines in Crete but we do know that you’ll drink, eat and travel well.  It’s an island where you can visit the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture.

Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It has many indigenous varieties of wine, both red and white, although the island is largely known for its white wines.  Vidiano is the flagship grape and it has rich and balanced, fruit-flavored aromas.  On the palate it has a velvety texture with a crispness that makes it ideal for almost any seafood, vegetarian or poultry dish.  Fortunately, Cretan cuisine is full of local produce, meats and seafood.  A visit to this wonderful island is one that you’ll never forget.

For more:
Wine tourism in Eastern Crete
Wine tourism in Western Crete

Best guide to a wine tour of Greece

If you love to travel to wine regions and haven’t done the wine tour of Greece, we’ve got a great planning guide for you. We can think of no better source than the just published “A Guide to the Wines of Greece” by Master of Wine, Konstantionos Lazarakis.  In a well-written digital ebook with beautiful photos, Lazarakis covers everything you need to know about Greece’s wine highlights. Continue reading Best guide to a wine tour of Greece

A Glass of Wine and View of Mt. Olympus

Many of the vineyards in the northeast part of Greece are within view of Mount Olympus. Take a trip there and you can tell your friends you had wine under the watchful eye of Dionysus, the  Greek god of wine. You’ll think you were dropped in a heavenly spot whether you travel that region or closer to Macedonia and Albania. All three regions are steeped in history, great food and wine. Continue reading A Glass of Wine and View of Mt. Olympus