The Distinguished Terroir in the Mediterranean 希臘 ‒ 地中海上的微異風土

August 1, 2017



Greece is located between 34°N and 42°N, where warm and sunny terroir can be found anywhere across the country, the key to success with various styles of wine in this hot country is exploiting cool microclimates.


Grapes ripen more slowly in cooler mountainous vineyards, developing more interesting flavours as a result. Mantinia and Nemea can be good examples. Many of the white wines come from maritime location such as those on the island of Santorini. The humidity and strong winds blanket the island during the summer, bringing down the night-time temperatures which helps to preserve acidity in grapes. 








The place of origin and most important growing area of the indigenous Xinomavro. The lush vineyards here sit between 150 and 450m above sea and receive enough rainfall in most vintages. At least 25 different soil types are found here which gives its wine a breathtaking array of aromas and flavors, complex enough to make the most beguiling old world wines blush. 





Besides the well-known mythological tale of Nemean Lion and Hercules, Nemea is actually the most important AOC region in southern Greece, where the famous Agiorghitiko grape is originated. The diverse terroir here helps to create various styles of Agioghitiko. You can find hundred year-old vines here planted on native rootstocks, which produces wines with deep red color, complex aromas and long, velvety palate. 






The island in the middle of the Aegean sea enjoys an ideal Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and low rainfall. The volcanic soil, the hydric stress and the strong winds all contribute to the concentration and richness of its unique and world-class Assyrtiko.



愛琴海中央的島嶼,理想的地中海氣候 —— 溫暖乾燥的夏季,降雨量低。獨一無二的火山土壤、缺水的環境及強風,都有助於其釀造出世界級的Assyrtiko。




The region stretches in the central eastern part of the Peloponnesian district of Arkadia. With 85% grapes being Moschofilero, wines produced here have two distinct aromatic and flavor profiles. The plateau’s grapes are more aromatic, redolent with rose aromas, while the grapes from the foothills bring forth the aromas of citrus fruit and are rather tangy.


由伯羅奔尼撒半島中部延伸至東部。85%葡萄是Moschofilero,有兩種不同的芳香和味道 —— 高原的葡萄比較芳香,散發著玫瑰香氣濃郁;而山麓的葡萄則呈現出柑橘類水果香氣,酸度更怡人。


Ionian Islands


The beautifully mountainous island of Cephalonia is seen as the heart of the Ionian islands for making new style Greek wines. The Tsaoussi and Robola grapes are the native viticultural treasures along with a few Mavrodaphne and Muscat.



Attica (Sterea Ellada)


The region of Attica in Sterea Ellada is one of the oldest winemaking areas of Greece. It is here that Dionysus introduced the culture of wine to the Greeks. High sunshine hours and high temperatures mean that grapes ripen quickly, and the retention of acidity can sometimes be a problem for producers. Attica's most famous wine is arguably the strongly flavored resinous wine known as Retsina.


Sterea Ellada地區是希臘最古老的釀酒區之一。傳說中酒神狄俄尼索斯在這裡向希臘人傳揚葡萄酒文化。理想的日照時數和溫度,意味著葡萄可快速成熟,因此如何保留酸度是重要課題。Retsina是Attica最享負盛名的葡萄酒。


Rapsani (Thessalia)


On the southeastern slope of the Olympos Mountains, Rapsani AOC has a iron-rich schist and sunny climate, making it ideal for producing its unique red wine, mainly blends of Xynomavro, Stavroto and Krasato.


在Olympos山面向東南的斜坡上,Rapsani AOC富含鐵質的岩土和陽光明媚的風光,非常適合生產其獨特的紅酒,以Xynomavro,Stavroto和Krasato混釀為主。



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