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Greek Wine

Greece is the country where the wine making was born.
In the last 20 years Greece has experienced a reborn of the winemaking industry. The typical Retsina and Demestica days and the 2lt bottles production has now become a qualitative selection of VQPRD and Table wines, created by the new generation of wine makers who have put the art of wine making back in the forefront of Greece's recent achievements. As the Olympic Games of 2004 return back to their homeland, this year finds Greece's wine industry to have earned the consumer trust and confidence it deserves and has now become a considerable selection in the buying lists of major suppliers and distributors in the world wine arena.
Greek Wine

Today, Greece produces some of the best wines in the world.
The Greek wines are classified in 'Appellation of Origin' wines, in 'Local' wines or 'Vins de Pays', in 'Table' wines, and in 'Aged' wines.
The equivalent of the European Union's V.Q.P.R.D., Appellation of Origin, is a registered place name under which wines can be marketed if all production criteria have been met.
Appellations of Origin are further defined as 'Appellations of High-quality Origin' or 'Appellations of Controlled Origin'.
Greece has 28 Appellations of Origin, including 20 of High Quality.
The Greek Vins de Pays are marketed bearing a geographic indicator that refers to the commune, wine region or even area where they were made. The purpose of the indicator is to give a regional identity to less-tightly-regulated areas that produce quality table wine. There are more than 70 vins de pays in Greece.
Table wine as a category embraces a broad range of labels. It has been sub-divided in 'Appellation by Tradition' wines and in 'Commercial Wines'.
Some wines improve their character when aged in wooden casks or after bottling. Greek legislation employs special terms to classify such wines according to their categories and aging periods.

In Greece, one can find more than 250 indigenous grape varieties, which produce some excellent wines.
The most important indigenous white grapes include 'Assyrtiko', 'Athiri', 'Monemvassia', 'Debina', 'Roditis', 'Sideritis', 'Savatiano', 'Muscat blanc a petits grains', and 'Robola' among others.
The most important indigenous red grapes include 'Aghiorghitiko', 'Xinomavro', 'Mavrodaphne', 'Aidani Mavro', 'Athiri Mavro', 'Kotsifali', 'Mandelaria', and 'Negoska' among others.
The most important indigenous blanc de gris grapes include 'Fileri' and 'Moschofilero' among others.
In Greece are also cultivated international varieties from which some great wines are produced.
Varieties like 'Cabernet Sauvignon', 'Merlot', 'Syrah', and 'Chardonnay' among others produce some excellent Greek wines.

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