Many countries strive for democratic rule but not many people are aware that Greece was the first country to implement a democracy. The history in Greece is exciting and well balanced, just like their food and wine. They created the Olympics, are one of the largest olive oil producers in the world, were the first explorers of advanced mathematical methods, and were the followers of the Greek Gods (many whom we still speak about today such as Zeus and Athena). To add to their inspiring checklist is the fact that many famous philosophers arose from the island dotted country including Aristotle, Hippocrates, Homer, and Plato. Something all of these well known figures had in common is that they appreciated grapes and commended wine. The ancient Greeks commonly practiced a method which would have modern day wine drinkers scoffing - they diluted their wine with 1-2 parts of water for every 3 parts of wine. Culturally they viewed being intoxicated as distasteful and related it to the Barbarians. Now-a-days their wine is drank in a way that the general global population would look at and be satisfied with as it is produced, bottled, and drank to full strength. Although Greece’s history is rich, the majority of people’s knowledge regarding their wine is not. The varieties that are native to Greece are not household names to foreigners. Ever heard Archanes, Goumenissa, Retsina, or Visanto? Unless you’re Greek or a sommelier, likely not. Two names that might seem familiar, however, are that of ‘Santorini’ (a wine region in Greece), and Muscat (a wine that the Ancient Greeks enjoyed). Greece is internally famous for some of their varieties like ‘Retsina’ which is a pine-resin flavoured table wine. Just because the wines that are produced in Greece aren’t that well known globally doesn’t negate their quality. Opening up a bottle of ‘Savatiano’ (think green apple, honeydew and lingering acidity,) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and under the sun-kissed sky never sounded so tempting.
10.72 million (2019)
131,957 sq km (50,948.9 sq mi)