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August 25, 2016
In celebration of the Olympics this month, I thought writing about Greek wines would be appropriate.
Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. Wine making artifacts have been dated by archeologists as far back as 1600 B.C. Actually, some of the vineyards in Santorini could be some of the oldest vineyards on earth, and some people have estimated that the vineyards have been producing wine for over 400 years.
The ancient culture of Greek wine was embodied in the Greek God of wine, Dionysus, the son of Zeus. Dionysus was one of the most-worshiped gods, inspiring artists, philosophers and everyday people.
In March, there is a Babylonian celebration known as Dionysia held to welcome spring and the new year.
At Pearl Wine Company, our goal is to search and find wines that are compelling, interesting and have a sense of place. The Greek climate has everything that one would want: ample sun, minimal rainfall and abundant poor soil compositions.
So, considering the amazing history and great terroir in Greece, why are Greek wines not more abundant in bottle shops? Causes can be found in the history books with a series of unfortunate events.