Greece is blessed with the sheer number of indigenous and international grape varieties that grow here. It is nearly impossible to become bored with the wines, as there are an abundance of different flavours to be enjoyed. It is a paradise to those who like to expand their palates.
It is still not known exactly how many indigenous varieties exist in Greece, as the same variety can have more than one name in different areas. A save assumption is that there are around two hundred.
There are some varieties I always return to, and of course others that I find curious, but try less often. Generally, I prefer Xinomavro to Agiorgitiko, and Assyrtiko to Roditis. This is only the result of my own palate, and by no means an indication of the nobility of the varieties. I also like most of the times Syrah more than Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc more than Semillon. My wife on the other hand enjoys Roditis and Merlot most, and you will find always find two different white wines in our fridge :)
I am curious to find out more about your preferences – what grape variety does it for you? Please use the comment section below to engage.