The wines of Greece

The wines of Greece

By: Konstantinos Lazarakis MW

Publication date: January 2018
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984364
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902691

Covers the history of Greek wine, topography, geography, climatic conditions, grape varieties grown and requirements for all classifications. Detailed entries on some of the most interesting producers by region make up the bulk of the text. Appendices cover wine legislation and native varieties. Maps, glossary, bibliography, index.

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The history of wine production in Greece dates back more than four millennia, yet for many consumers and aficionados Greek wine is still synonymous with the retsina they drank in tavernas as tourists. Here, Master of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis argues that to dismiss Greek wine in this way today is to miss out on an array of varied and vibrant wines – even retsina, in the hands of boutique producers, has become a drink worthy of a second chance.

From the foothills of Mount Olympus to the plain of Thessaly in Central Greece and scattered across the vast number of islands, each of Greece’s vineyards has its own challenges, history and varieties. Yet terroir, in Greece, goes far beyond soil-types and weather conditions – it emanates from the culture of the country and the spirit of a people whose ancestors even had a god for wine.

The wines of Greece begins with a summary of Greece’s wine history, geography and grape varieties. The many responses of vine growers and winemakers to the land have created a host of different wines – sweet wines from Samos, the famed Malvasia from the Peloponnese and new, surprising wines from oenological innovators throughout the country. It is to the work of these winemakers that the bulk of the book is dedicated; Lazarakis has tirelessly explored Greece’s 700 wineries and here focuses on some of the most inventive producers and interesting wines available.

Greek wine is on the brink of a new era; anybody curious to rediscover a lost gem of winemaking will have their enthusiasm charged by this lovingly written book.

Pages: 424
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
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Konstantinos Lazarakis MW

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Masters of Wine, became the first Greek Master of Wine in 2002. He co-founded Wine & Spirits Professional Center, an educational organization that runs Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers courses throughout Greece. He consults widely for the Hellenic Exports Organization, Aegean Airlines and Costa Navarino and for wine producers, restaurants and hotels all over the world.

Home Town: Athens

Some of the world’s oldest wine-producing areas are in southern Europe; this collection brings together three of today’s most exciting. Wine has been produced in Greece for thousands of years, and the ancient Greeks even had a god for wine. After years in turmoil Greek wine is now finding its way back onto wine lists world wide – in The wines of Greece, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW explains why. In Amarone and the fine wines of Verona, Michael Garner looks at the versatile wines of the northern Italian regions of Soave and Valpolicella. Deliciously drinkable yet relatively affordable they are a wine explorer’s dream. The third book in the collection, Wines of the Languedoc, sees Rosemary George MW take an in-depth look at one of the first parts of France to grow grapes for wine, tasting with and talking to the producers who are currently reviving its status as one of the world’s great wine regions.