The 5 best Greek wines for winter days

As winter weaves its chilly spell, there is nothing like the warmth of a well-chosen red wine to lift the spirits. Greece, with its rich winemaking heritage, offers a selection of red wines that perfectly suit the cosiness of the season. In this blog, we explore Desmakenvangriekenland.co.uk's top five Greek red wines, each a sip of elegance and a toast to the beauty of winter.

1. Ktima Alpha Xinomavro Reserve

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The Ktima Alpha Xinomavro Reserve is a wine that embodies the essence of northern Greece. Made from the indigenous Xinomavro grape, this red beauty has a deep, ruby hue. On the palate, you can expect a symphony of flavours - from the powerful red fruit to the subtle hints of spice and oak. Its velvety texture and balanced tannins make this an excellent choice for winter evenings by the fireplace.

2. Biblia Chora Red

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A testament to the craftsmanship of the winery, Biblia Chora Red is a red blend that captures the essence of Macedonian terroir. With a deep, garnet-red colour, the wine is a sensory delight. The aroma is a rich bouquet of dark fruit and subtle herbal notes, paving the way for a refined tasting experience. On the palate, layers of blackberry, plum and a hint of spice provide a refined and velvety profile. Pair this wine with hearty winter dishes for a true taste of Greek winemaking.

3. Papaioannou Terroir

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A celebration of Greek terroir, Papaioannou Wines Terroir offers a unique journey through the essence of the land. With a deep colour, the aroma captures earthy undertones and ripe red fruits. On the palate, you can expect complex layers, with likely dark cherries, plums and a subtle hint of herbs or spices. Pair this terroir-driven wine with grilled meats or robust stews for a true Greek winter flavour.

4. Lantides Ergo Nemea

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Lantides Ergo Nemea embodies the spirit of the Nemea region, where the Agiorgitiko grapes flourish. This red wine has a deep red colour and an aroma of red berries with earthy and floral notes. On the palate, you will experience a burst of red fruit flavours, possibly accompanied by hints of vanilla or spices. This robust wine pairs exceptionally well with grilled lamb chops or hearty pasta dishes, making it a perfect companion for winter.

5. Tselepos Driopi Reserve

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Tselepos Driopi Reserve represents the pinnacle of quality winemaking, a distinguished red reserve composed probably from the best Greek blends. With a deep and intense colour, the wine offers complex aromas of dark fruits, possibly blackberries and plums, complemented by subtle notes of oak and spices. Best drunk on special occasions, this reserve wine pairs exceptionally well with grilled steaks, game or aged cheeses.

As winter unfolds its charm, these Greek reds, each unique in its own right, are ready to enhance the warmth and elegance of the season. Whether you choose the terroir-driven Papaioannou, the emblematic Nemea from Lantides, the distinguished reserve from Tselepos or the refined blend from Biblia Chora, you are sure to experience the richness of Greek winemaking. Cheers to discovering the nuances of these exceptional wines!

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