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All About Greek Wines: Mantinia

This wine was a media sample.

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to sip some great “New Wines of Greece” as I watched a webinar about these same wines.  It was my first experience with Greek wines and I was very impressed.  Greece has experienced a true revolution within their winemaking industry.  As recently as 20 years ago Greek wines were not considered up to par by the wine world.  That is not the case today as these wines now enjoy main stream distribution and are found all around the globe. 

One of the wines we had for the webinar was Mantinia from Domaine Tselepos  – this particular wine is 100% Moschofilero and is from a “Protected Designation of Origin, Mantinia.”   It is a dry white wine, very aromatic with floral aromas on the nose and complex, refreshing, crisp  flavors on the palate.  It is 12% alcohol and can be purchased at your local wine store for around $17.

Some interesting facts about Greek wines:

  • The Greeks were among the first people to serve wine at the dinner table – more than 4,000 years ago
  • All Greek wines are made from indigenous grapes with the vineyards being heavily influenced by the ocean
  • Some of the vines producing grapes today are as much as 3,000 years old
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