The history of Greek wine

Throughout the age-old history of Greek wine, the association of vine and wine has been inextricably linked with the inhabitants of this corner of the world, in every nook and cranny of the country. And so, inevitably, any account of the history of Greek wine will encompass elements relating to Greece’s culture, economy, religion, social as well as everyday life, and include the regions where viticulture, winemaking and wine consumption flourished.

The history of Greek wine spans a remarkably long period of time in the annals of History. When it comes to vine cultivation and wine production on an uninterrupted basis that period is the longest one worldwide. The beginnings of winegrowing in the Greek domain lay behind recorded history and are lost in the mists of time. Since time immemorial, vine and wine have faithfully traveled together with Greece and its inhabitants on their historical journey, time after time, insouciantly moving forth without ever pausing or ceasing! There have been times when both vine and wine have received their due and have been touted. Yet, there have been other times when they have remained in obscurity, cast in the shadow by the momentous events occurring in the much-tormented land they have been born of. In each and every case, plunging into the unchartered depths of time undoubtedly indicates the degree of maturity behind Greek terroirs and winegrowers in the creation of the new wines of Greece.

Source: New Wines of Greece,

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