The island of Crete is one of the world’s oldest wine cultures. Yet, its new terroir driven wines are capturing the hearts and palates of sommeliers everywhere. In this rediscovery process, it has come to the attention of avid tasters that older style Greek wines are being quietly reinvented.
The new producers in the Greek region of Crete are combining old word methods with the newest winemaking techniques. Most of these highlighted local producers have a family history in the region. They are experimenting with blends of grapes grown in Crete for hundreds of years such as Vilana, Malvasia, Mandilari, Liatiko and Kostifali grapes to produce various levels of strong reds and fruity flavorful whites.
Small producers have emerged reinventing the traditional wines produced in this area for centuries. The region of Crete has a fresh feeling generation of terroir-driven, small production wine made with modern vinification techniques and newly planted vines.
If you plan to travel to this region soon or just want to see the pulse of the area, this article highlights producers worth visiting while the island gets it groove back. Discovering new and unique wines here will be easy. Take time to revisit the classics to truly make for a well-rounded tour.
This area of the world is now planting new varietals and producing wine for the new millennial wine drinker. They also hope to capture the existing lovers of Greek wine with blends of traditional indigenous grapes. The two approaches make for a rebirth and reinvention of Greek wine, and the wine community is taking notice.