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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 06 April 2019
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Your guide: All you need to know about Wines of Greece and wine has always been an integral part of Greek culture and gastronomy. The country's terrain plays a key role in the shaping of its unique wines, divided into four broad categories: Mountainous and semimountainous, Coastal, Continental and Volcanic. Vineyard practices, from planting to pruning and harvesting, are usually carried out entirely by hand, allows for greater attention to detail. These Greek wines, once obscure to the international community, have in recent years been reappraised by experts worldwide, leading to a surge in wine production and exports. "Wines of Greece" is a website providing an insight into the world of Greece's rich wine varieties, its long wine-making history and its status as an ideal destination for oenophiles. Launched by the National Interprofessional Organisation of Vine and Wine (EDOAO), the website helps familiarise the visitor with the many aspects of wine production in Greece. KEY PRODUCTION FIGURES Greece has about 61,500 hectares of vineyards, and the number of growers is close to 180,000, which is about a fifth of all landowners involved in agriculture. Viticulture is thus a hugely fragmented sector, with more than 1,290 wineries across the country. The average G reece has a long history of viticulture and vinification, annual wine production in 2017 was 2.5 million hl, which makes it only the 17th largest wine-producing country in the world. Greek grape varieties are the majority of the wine produced. The three most important grape varieties in terms of quantity are Savatiano, Roditis and Agiorgitiko. About 13 per cent of the country's total wine production is exported, with the top two export markets being Germany and USA. MEET THE GRAPES The website lists the numerous grape varieties indigenous to Greece, providing a "variety identity" for each wine, with a wide list of elements and qualities, such as its type, style, aromas, body, acidity, ageing potential and suggested food pairing. An analytic description of each variety is included, as well as a picture of its grapes.Varieties are listed alphabetically, and visitors can find out more about Greek wines, from the ever more popular Assyrtiko or Moschofilero to others, lesser-known but equally worth discovering, such as Vidiano, Roditis or Vilana. One can also choose to browse using the websites particular categories: by color (red, reddish and white) or by classification: classic, emerging, rare and international. REGIONS AND WINERIES The website catalogues Greece's wine-growing regions, which the visitor can browse either by using an interactive map, or a list, with general information regarding grapevine cultivation in each of Greece's nine geographic regions, and specific information concerning particular prefectures and cities in each region which are renowned for their vineyards and wineries.Visitors can also browse through Greece's 33 regions that have attained the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status or the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, using an interactive map. There is also an inventory of wineries, which can also be browsed either using a map or a list. The list features keen winegrowers, who sometimes are viticulturists themselves and have built this impressive edifice of new Greek wines from the vineyard to the bottle. WINE TOURISM The website offers a section dedicated to wine tourism, where visitors can learn about the most interesting wine destinations in Greece, listed by region and then by specific areas and routes within each region, detailing not only the places worth visiting as part of a wine-tasting tour, but also the many other attractions (tourist, natural, archaeological, historical, cultural, etc.) each place offers, for travellers who want to combine oenophilia with sightseeing to enjoy a complete experience.
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