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Parthenon, GreeceThere are few other countries that can claim a pedigree anywhere near the magnitude of Greece. Greece really founded the first culture of wine, and can be credited with spreading that culture throughout the Mediterranean.

To understand Greek wine, you must first understand the country and culture that spawned it. Greece is the third most mountainous country in Europe, with more than 9,000 miles of coastline and 3,000 islands. This means that just about every climate that exists may be found in Greece. At one time a world power under Alexander the Great, the country has seen a series of overseers and regimes in the past 2,000 or so years. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans, all had an impact.

Understandably, this long history of wine making had led to some complacency on the part of Greek winemakers. They’d been doing things the same way for generations, so why change now? So they entered the later half of the 20th century with outmoded ideas and methods. Elsewhere, winemakers were adapting to changing customer tastes, implementing modern winemaking techniques, and working on improving their wine quality. In Greece? Not so much.

When most American wine drinkers think of Greek wine, if at all, they think of Retsina. You know, that wine that tastes like you just licked a Christmas tree? That’s a shame, and I expect it will change over the next several years. The fact is that Greece is coming into its own as a region that can produce wines that can succeed on the world stage. The reason? A new generation has mostly taken over from their parents and grandparents, bringing a modern sensibility and winemaking techniques.

Greece has many things going for it, and we’ll talk about it in Chapter 2.

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