The Greek Wine Federation today welcomed new regulations announced by the Greek Ministry of Health & Development regarding the offering of bulk wine to consumers in Greece. Restaurants, Tavernas etc. are now obligated to state the producer and the country of origin of the wine.
This is an extremely important development. Until now, the consumer had no access to this information, not being aware if the wine was of foreign or Greek origin, or perhaps a blend of both. The producer did not have to worry, as his name remained invisible. The new rules, if supervised properly, have serious potential to further enhance the reputation of Greek wine, and more importantly, at the broad base of the quality pyramid.
I have pointed out repeatedly how important the offering of quality Greek wine from the local gastronomy is for the millions of tourists who visit Greece every year. Today marks a significant first step in this direction. Kudos goes to the Greek Wine Federation who has constantly suggested the above measures to the relevant state authorities. Thank you, Konstantinos Lazarakis, MW, for alerting me to these changes.