I strolled around in Frankfurt, Germany, and went to the Kaufhof Galeria. Inside this Megastore is a wine shop, owned and operated by Kaufhof. I was pleasently surprised to be greeted by a large banner listing the countries the shop is offering wines from, as Greece was included. I went inside and was impressed: Large shelves filled with a great number of bottles were very well organised, with large signs for the different regions on top. The shop also offers top notch wines like Chateau d’Yquem, Ducru, Montrose etc. The selections on offer included many interesting labels. I just was not able to find the shelf with a sign for Greece. I had to ask one of the staff who pointed to the floor. There the selection of 5 Greek wines was to be found. The spot was so well hidden, that no-one is able to find it, if not falling down by accident. One had to really reach down in order to pick up a bottle. The offering? Two sweet wines, one from Samos and one from Patras, both of which are tricky, as sweet Greek wines have a tough image in Germany. The other three wines were from the two largest Greek producers, Boutaris and Tsantalis. Not bad wines in my opinion, well made, but without the extra “something special” that many of the smaller producers are nowadays able to produce.
It is just a shame that if a wine shop is finally opting to sell Greek wines, that they seem to be afraid to display them like all other wines. Why on earth would you hide something you want to sell? In addition, there are really exciting wines made in Greece, with just a little bit of extra effort, something more exciting could have reached the wine lovers in Frankfurt. The video is in German.