Most wine drinkers love to find good value wines that deliver just this little bit extra in terms of overall quality and excitement. When it comes to great value wines that are widely available, I find myself buying the same wines again and again. I define “value” as anything up to € 8,00 shelf price, and “widely available” as wines that I can easily find in supermarkets. Most of the following wines should also be available abroad, € 8,00 translates roughly into $10.00, although I am sure that prices will be higher in the US due to shipment costs and the lovely three-tier-system.
As we are in the middle of the summer, I limit myself to whites and rosés, although I also enjoy slightly cooled and unoaked Agiorgitikos. The following five wines are my personal preferences that fall into the above category. I am well aware that there are many more sound value wines around, but these are the ones that I drink happily on a daily basis. Please share your personal favourites in the comment section below – I am interested in learning about them!
All wines are available at the indicated prices at AB supermarkets in Athens, the odd prices are due to the increased VAT rate of 23% that was officially introduced on July 1st:
Palivou Anemos white 2009 (Rodotis) 13% alc. € 6,67
The colour is a pale straw; this has lovely aromas of melon and mango. The fruitiness continues on the palate with yellow plums and exotic white fruits. It has a fairly dense structure with refreshing acidity. A modern styled wine, perfect with seafood – a real summer charmer.
Gaia Notios white 2009 (Moschofilero/Roditis) 12% alc. € 6,94
Very pale silver colour, melon and fresh flowers dominate the nose. It is medium bodied on the palate, with a refreshing acidity that seems to work wonders. The fruit really comes to live; this is a vibrant wine, harmonious without being pretentious, a food wine par excellence (for an unusual pairing with this, click here).
Sokos Malagousia 2009 12.5% alc. € 7,54
Light lemon colour, the dominating aromas are peaches and apricots, coupled with a nice spiciness. It is dense and broad on the palate with a buttery texture and a matching acidity. The wine really shines on the mid-palate; the finish is also very satisfying and quite long. It has got to be one of the best value Malagousias around.
Tselepos Mantineia 2009 (Moschofilero) 12% alc. € 8,01
This has a clear and bright silver colour. The nose is very aromatic, spicy and floral with apricot lingering in the background, also some bread dough. On the palate it is medium bodied with a great freshness and lots of citrus notes, the spiciness comes through and adds another dimension. It is very well balanced and has a solid and long finish that catapults the citrus notes right back. This is a great effort, and a cut above the others.
Skouras Rosé (Roditis/Agiorgitiko) 12% alc. € 5,35
Medium deep piggy pink coloured with a watery rim. Very open nose of honey-melon and raspberries, also some floral components. It is crisp on the palate with some density and weight. As with all Skouras wines, this is quite elegant in style. The finish is solid, the ripe fruits always present. Very delicious indeed and a great value wine.
As for other rosés, Greece has some very exciting offerings – unfortunately I find these to be overpriced. When I look at the shelves, the majority of rosé wines are priced nowadays between € 8 and € 12. I am sorry, but despite the quality on offer, I am having a hard time to justify these price tags. They are simply not competitive.