Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2018 Santorini, Greece

Santorini, the well known Greek island, is famous for its Assyrtiko wines, made from vines grown with one of the most distinctive viticultural methods out there (the Santorini ‘kouloura’). This stunning white comes from ungrafted 80 year old vines, and it blew me away. I was expecting it to be good, but not this good.

Gaia […]

Greek wine: two Xinomavros from Markovitis

Xinomavro classifies as an interesting grape variety in my book. It makes wines that seem to taste a bit like Nebbiolo, and so it was a treat to try these two from Markovitis, one old and one a bit younger. They’re so lovely. UK agent is Indigo.

Markovitis Winery Xinomavro 2012 Naoussa, Greece
13.5% alcohol. This is […]

Exploring the wines of Greece: 25 of my favourites

Last year I travelled to Greece and did a quick-fire exploration of some of the country’s top wines, aided by Giannis Siganos of wine shop and importer Mr Vertigo. It’s taken me a little while to get round to producing this list, but here are 25 of my favourite wines. Over the next few days […]

Fun in Athens: a wine shop and two wine bars

I really enjoyed Athens. On the first evening we popped into Mr Vertigo, a brilliant wine shop (and importing company) run by Giannis Siganos (above). He gave us a taste of some Greek wines from a producer in Cephalonia, and they were just brilliant.

Sclavos Vino di Sasso Robola de Céphalonie 2015 Greece
From limestone soils. Amazing […]

Greek wines on the world stage: a talk I gave in Athens

Here’s a written version of a talk I gave to Greek wine producers in Athens yesterday. It’s not exactly what I said (I never read talks); but rather it’s something written around the points on my powerpoint presentation.

Greek wine on the global stage
Jamie Goode,

Selling wine is hard, but some people succeed. Within every wine […]

A lovely Greek white, Semeli Mantinia Nassiakos 2013

I really liked this Greek white, which is a varietal Moschofilero, from grapes grown at 650 m altitude, made by Semeli winery in the Mantinia region. It has personality and character, but it’s also really well made.

Semeli  Nassiakos 2013 Mantinia, Greece
12.5% alcohol. Really stylish, exotic dry white with fresh melon and pear fruit nose. Lovely […]

Thymiopoulos Xinomavro

This is fabulous. It’s made by Apostolos Thymiopoulos for Marks & Spencer from biodynamically managed vineyards, and it’s a wonderfully approachable, drinkable example of the lovely Xinomavro grape variety, one of Greece’s most interesting.

Think of Xinomavro as the Nebbiolo of Italy. That’s the sort of flavour profile you get, albeit with slightly less intense tannic […]

Terra Lemnia, a lovely pair of Greek wines from Limnos

Terra Limnia is a new producer making impressive wines from local varieties grown on the island of Limnos. They’re made by Vicky Samaras (ex-pat Greek) and Jonas Newman of Hinterland in Canada’s Prince Edward County, in collaboration with a Greek partner (Nikos Vakirtzis).

The white is made from Muscat of Alexandria, which is a traditional […]

A lovely, affordable Greek white wine from Hatzidakis

£10 in your pocket, and looking to pop some white wine? You can’t do much better than this. It’s from Santorini: I’ve never been, but apparently the vines are grown in some of the most unusual and distinctive ways you can imagine (see this google image search for examples), in the island’s volcanic soils.

Hatzidakis Santorini […]

Two brilliant, affordable summer whites, from Sardinia and Greece

For when the sun shines again in this stop, stop, start, stop summer, let me recommend two lovely, affordable wines from The Wine Society. Wines like this are in a real sweet spot for me: they have personality and give pleasure, and they are priced so I can enjoy them whatever the occasion.

Melis Ioacalia Vermentino […]