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wine grapesOuzo and Tsipouro are what people imagine when Greek alcohol is the subject, but winemaking in Greece has a very long history.

Good red and white wines were being produced in Greece before vines were introduced to the European continent, but somehow all Greek wines have been confused with the famous (and some say odd tasting) Retsina and Mavrodafni.

Only in the past few decades have Greek wines begun to return to the international scene as contenders for the attention of serious wine drinkers.

Today, there are wine regions throughout the islands of Greece with official appellations that are producing world class vintages .... Macedonia and Northern Greece - Naoussa, Goumenissa, Amyntaion. Epiros, Thessali - Central Greece - Zitsa-Epiros, Rapsani-Thessalia, Ankhialos-Thessalia. Peloponnesos - Nemea, Patras, Mantinia. Ionian Islands - Cephalonia. Cyclades - Aegean Islands - Lemnos, Samos, Paros, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete.

The varieties that are produced vary from sweet to dry, and most regions each have a specialty that should be explored ...

More information about Greek wines & wineries around the Web:

Greek Wines
- Greece's official travel site has an excellent introduction to the topic with details on regional specialties, related photos and tasting notes.

The Wine Roads of Northern Greece - The title says it... with an interactive map and suggested stops in Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia and Thrace, plus downloadable photos, maps, and related resources.

Greek wine - Wikipedia
- Get more information on the long history of Greek wine making together with modern production methods, grape varieties, and related resources, photos.

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