Greece

Greece is considered to be the birthplace of civilization and wine is thought to have been made there for the last 4000 years. Despite this long and storied history, winemaking in Greece never flourished as it did in Italy, for example, This is partly because the country was under the control of the Ottoman Empire, which forbade drinking. As well, the resinated wine style that developed because of the pine resin that was used to seal wine amphorae was a flavour that did not travel well.

Over the last 20 years or so, however, the industry has modernized, with the latest equipment and techniques. This combined with unique local grape varieties (Agiorgitiko, Xinomavro, Assyrtiko and Moschophilero) means that Greek wine is becoming more and more popular around the world, particularly among the sommelier community.

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  • Gaia Assyrtiko Clay 2020

    This unique orange wine from Santorini was inspired by ancient experience, faith in nature and technical expertise. The Assyrtiko Clay gives voice to the ancient, ungrafted vines which are allowed to express themselves through traditional fermentation and aging techniques. Modern egg-shaped clay fermentation vessels take the place of the amphora historically used for this technique and the wine is shaped exclusively with indigenous yeasts.

    $59.50
  • Gaia Assyrtiko Thalassitis 2022

    This unique wine is produced on the island of Santorini. The vines are planted on a 15-degree slope facing East and Southeast on transferred pumice stone soil. The wine is made from the Assyrtiko grape and is light and aromatic. Only free run must is used, which is then fermented for approximately days at 15C. The resulting wine is almost white in color, bone-dry, with strong character, eliciting considerable structure, with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas.

    $52.95
  • Gaia-Moschofilero-Wild-Ferment

    Gaia Moschofilero Wild Ferment 2022

    This is one of the rare occasions where Moschofilero is fermented with wild yeasts. The intense aromas from jasmine, rose and sweet lemon combined with the aromas of butter from the French oak barrels bring out a balanced and harmonized wine with a remarkable acidity. The wine shows great intensity and complexity.

    $38.50

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