In the 19th century, the quality of Greek Zitsa wine inspired Lord Byron to pen epic poetry...
In more recent times, the country’s reputation as a wine producer has been somewhat tarnished. However, those who have terrible memories of the pine-resin scent of Retsina should think again. A new generation of wine-makers have spearheaded a renaissance in Greek wine, combining native varieties with cutting edge production techniques...
As with all things Greek, wine-making has a long history. The Greeks mixed their wine in kraters, with spices, water and honey. Travelling from Thessaloniki to Athens, we combine wine visits with archaeological sites, sun-drenched beaches and fascinating museums. Along the way we enjoy some very memorable meals, from mussels steamed in ouzo to hearty moussaka.
Our Wine Guide, Derek Smedley, is a Master of Wine and has a keen interest in Greek wine. He will introduce us to some of the pioneering Greek wine makers from the northernmost wineries such as Ktima Alpha to Gaia Estate in the Peloponnese peninsula. We sample too many grapes to count: the velvety red Agiorgitiko; bone-dry Assyrtiko; jasmine-scented Malagousia; elegant Roditis and volcanic-soil Xinomavro.
This is the story of Greece’s very ancient history and very modern wines. From the flower-strewn hills of ancient Mycenae to the glittering Aegean sea - a wonderful experience.
Greek wines may be the most underrated on the planet. Help us fix their undeserved derision, by showering them with the love they truly deserve on tour.
- Visit the site of the Oracle of Delphi at the sanctuary of Apollo and the Bronze Age site of Mycenae, said in the Iliad to be the home of Agamemnon
- Gorgeous landscapes - from the foothills of the Amyndeon Mountains to wineries in the shadow of Mount Olympus
- A private Greek cookery lesson showcasing the specialties of the region
From organic wineries led by young winemakers to sophisticated Amyndeon reds and the cool climate Merlots of the Mantinia appellation, we see it all. A real highlight of our tour is the dry white Oreinos Helios. Combining citrus, rose and lemon blossom notes, it has won international awards.