Greek Wine

Kourtaki Retsina (Episode 221 – Part 2)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Kourtaki Retsina wine from Greece which is available from the Sainsburys chain of supermarkets at the price of £5.75

John M had not tried this wine and John L had tried this style of wine a long, long time before when on holiday when in Corfu.

John L’s recognition was not very favourable, but he was keen to taste it again given the length of time since he last tasted it to see if his tastes had changed.

To the sight, the wine looks very much like an oaked Chardonnay, a golden yellow colour with a splash of green.

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive and unlike any other wine we have tasted which we assume is as a direct result of the resin.

On the palette, the taste was also unique which was something we felt was a ”marmite” taste you either did or did not like it, there is no in-between!




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Greek Wines (Episode 172)

In this video, we talk to Grigoris Michailos about Greek Wine at the 2019 London Wine Fair.
Grigoris discusses the hundreds of years of wine history there is in Greece.
Surprisingly two-thirds of the wine produced in Greece is white wine because 79% of the Greek landmass is mountainous.

Take a look at the website Wines of Greece ( for more information on the wonderful world of Greek Wines.


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Tasting a Fantastic Greek Red Wine (Episode 56 Part 3)

In the last part of this Episode, we taste a Red Wine from Domaine Sigalas.

And what a Powerful beast this turned out to be!

Made 100% from the Mavrotragano grape, which until recently was under threat of extinction. This grape has now however become popular with new plantings.

This red has been aged in new Oak barrels for around 18 months and once again if you can keep your hands off of it has unlimited ageing potential.

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Tasting a Sweet White Wine from the Greek Island of Santorini (Episode 56 Part 2)

In Part 2 we taste a fantastic sweet wine from the Domaine Sigalas vineyards and “what a beaut” it is!

This wine is made from 75% Assytriko and 25% Aidani grapes which are sun dried for 10 – 12 days and then the wine is aged in old oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months.

The island the vines are grown on, Santorini is a volcanic island named after its volcano – Santo Erini – and thus the wine is named after it’s place of origin – Vinsanto.

The name is a “historical name of appellation” one of the few still in existence.

To top it all, if you can resist drinking it straight away, it’s ageing potential is unlimited.

To find out more about the wine and the vineyard take a look at their website at: –

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Introduction to Wines from Domaine Sigalas (Episode 56 Introduction)

In this episode, we have the pleasure tasting some wines from the island of Santorini which itself is part of a group of islands called the Cyclades.

Located in the South Aegean Sea the island is only 1,400 hectares, with terraces that rise up to between 150m to 250m above sea level
Vineyards in the region were known to exist since the 17 century BC, but were destroyed by a volcano eruption around 1620 BC
The island was re-inhabited around 1200 BC when they started making wine again thus making this area a wine making area for some 3,000+ years.

Many of the wines on the island are over 50 years old.

The family vineyard that we are tasting the wine from during this Episode was called the Sigalas Winery when founded in 1991.

The vineyard has expanded since 1991 and now produces and bottles up to 300,000 bottles per year and is now called Domaine Sigalas.

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Our thanks go to Panayiota the Hospitality Director of Domaine Sigalas for sending the terrific samples we reviewed.

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