The best vineyards in the world in Greece

The World’s Best Wineries 2022 have been unveiled, with three of Greece’s finest wineries making the list.

Each year, World’s Best Vineyards reveals the most amazing wine experiences – a unique insight into the best wine tourism destinations around the world.

The destinations presented have received the votes of the experts who create the ranking of the best wineries in the world to form a list of the best wine tourism destinations in the world. The resulting database of famous wineries collectively form a diverse range of destinations ranging from modern architectural marvels, UNESCO-protected ancient wineries, Michelin-starred restaurants, and small family-owned vineyards where owners conduct the tours.

The 2022 World’s Best Wineries were unveiled at an event in Mendoza, Argentina last week where Antinori nel Chianti Classico in Tuscany, Italy was crowned the World’s Best Winery.

The 2022 list includes more countries than ever before with all six continents featured.

It also includes exciting new entrants from Greece as well as India and Bulgaria – highlighting the recent growth in wine tourism.

Andrew Reed, of organizer William Reed, commented: “The World’s Best Vineyards shines a light on wine tourism destinations around the world and now that travel is back on the cards, this year’s list is bigger. than ever to raise profiles with tourists and those looking for authentic wines. and unique trips.

The World’s Best Wineries in Greece 2022

The history of viticulture in the Greek wine country dates back to the Mycenaean era in the 16th century BC. Wine has played an important role in Greek culture.

Wines along with vines and grapes were seen not only as a gift from the god, but as the symbolic interaction of the gods with the earth with the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, and fertility, being Dionysus .

The Greeks are among the very first in the world to market wine as a precious commodity. The famous port city of Monemvasia on the Peloponnese peninsula in the late Middle Ages under the rule of Venice was a widely used hub for sweet Aegean wines, from where they were shipped to many European countries.

A country still known for its viticulture today, three of Greece’s finest wineries have been named the World’s Best Wineries in Greece 2022, including Estate Argyros in Santorini, Ktima Gerovassiliou in Epanomi and Domaine Sigalas in Santorini.

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Argyros Estate

Santorini, Greece

The Argyros family may own the largest private wineries on the Greek island of Santorini, but the goal has always been to produce the best wines, not the most.

Focusing on the island’s main varietal, Assyrtiko, fourth-generation winemaker Matthew Agyros oversees organic farming across the estate, established in 1903, where the average age of the vines is 70+ years. old are over 200 years old.
The winery, on the other hand, was completed in 2016. Designed by local architects Nikos and Frantseska Tsebelis, it combines familiar elements of Santorini with a decidedly modern aesthetic. Wines now benefit from a temperature-controlled gravity facility while visitors can take advantage of the double-height tasting room for the feast of local produce – and, of course, wine – that awaits them.

Santorini’s inimitable vines are trained to grow in a basket-like shape close to the ground to protect against the high winds that batter the small volcanic island – they are unlike any other in the world, and so it’s no surprise that the visits to Argyros start here. But a guided tour will also shed light on the firmly held family philosophy that graces each vineyard.

You will then explore the winery before moving on to a paired tasting. The 45-minute option takes you through four types of Assyrtiko alongside local cheeses, while the 90-minute is a gourmet affair incorporating a host of regional delicacies paired with seven wines featuring not just Assyrtiko but local cheeses. Other varietals native to the island, plus a few decades-old sweet vin santos.

Yields are deliberately kept low to ensure careful concentration of fruit flavors and, out of respect for individual plants, the team lets each plot of land dictate when to harvest, how to process and how to age their wines.

While Assyrtiko is capable of producing extremely powerful white wines, Estate Argyros is keen to maintain subtlety and finesse in its range, which makes the timing of its harvests of paramount importance to avoid over-ripening. Different styles of Assyrtiko are produced in addition to wines made from indigenous Aidani and Mavrotragano grape varieties, not forgetting vin santos: sweet wines made from dried grapes to concentrate their sugars, capable of prolonged ageing.


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Ktima Gerovassiliou

Epanomi, Greece

At Ktima Gerovassiliou, the vineyard is cultivated with great care and enthusiasm, which leads the founder Vangelis Gerovassiliou to constantly research and experiment with Greek and foreign varieties, both well-known and lesser-known. New technological advances blend well with tradition throughout the vine growing and winemaking processes.

The aim is to produce high quality wines from grapes grown in the private vineyard that exhibit all the distinctive characteristics of the specific microclimate (terroir) of Epanomi.

The establishment of the Wine Museum, together with its various organized activities, including tours, wine tastings, educational programs, seminars, publications, lectures, theatrical and musical performances, further contributes to the dissemination of culture wine.

Ktima Gerovassiliou is an original idea by Vangelis Gerovassiliou. In 1981 he began to revive the family vineyard spanning 2.5 hectares in the Papamola region of Epanomi, about 25 km southeast of Thessaloniki. In this unique ecosystem, he planted mainly Greek grape varieties, but also foreign ones.

The first vinification took place in 1986 in the modern cellar built by the vineyard.

Vangelis Gerovassiliou was born in Epanomi into a family of farmers and winegrowers. After his studies at the School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he specialized in oenology, viticulture, tasting and technology of winemaking equipment at the University of Bordeaux in France. During his studies, he was a collaborator of Professor Emile Peynaud of the University of Bordeaux and was part of his team, which carried out wine tastings in the famous castles of France.

From 1976 to early 1999 he worked as an oenologist at Domaine Porto Carras, where some of Greece’s most renowned wines were produced. It was there that he first vinified, revived and saved from oblivion the long-forgotten Greek grape variety of Malagousia.

In 1981, driven by his love, knowledge and experience of viticulture and fine wines, Vangelis Gerovassiliou undertook to renovate the family vineyard and created Ktima Gerovassiliou.

Vangelis Gerovassiliou and his wife, Sonia Tziola-Gerovassiliou passed on their love of wine and viticulture both to their children and to the employees of the estate. Argyris, Marianthi and Vassiliki – the second generation – after completing their studies in oenology, management and marketing respectively, arrived to contribute to the estate with new knowledge and new ideas.


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Domaine Sigalas

Santorini, Greece

The Domaine Sigalas winery is nestled between the vineyards of the ancient picturesque plain of Oia on the Cycladic island of Santorini.

Domaine Sigalas was founded in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas. Initially, the Sigalas wine estate was housed in the traditional Parisian cellar of the Sigalas family.

Later, in 1998, a new wine production, bottling and maturation unit was built and activated in a private property, in Oia, in the northern part of the island of Santorini. Today, after constant investments in the modernization and expansion of technology, the current productive structure is formed, which allows the elaboration and bottling of 200,000 bottles per year.

The company cultivates 19 hectares of vines with local varieties and produces quality wines, in which you can see the potential of the varieties and the unique “terroir”; of the volcanic island.

Paris Sigalas is a pioneer winemaker who applied mathematics and other innovative ideas to oenology and viticulture to elevate Santorini wines to international stardom. The 1991 Santorini is his first vintage, the first wine with the Protected Designation of Origin label, marking the start of operations at Domaine Sigalas.

Coming from a family of winegrowers, like most Santorinians, the future mathematician Paris Sigalas spent his summer vacations on the island. With friends, he participates in the harvest and the production of the family wine, a process that fascinates him more and more.

Gradually, Sigalas took over the reins of the vineyard from his grandfather and began making wine according to his own guiding principle: “the dynamic evolution of tradition”. It is the conviction that innovation and technicality can coexist in a creative relationship with ancient winemaking traditions. As Paris Sigalas said, it was his passion for wine tasting and evaluation that ultimately set the bar high for his own wines.

In addition to lounging in the visitor area, visitors to Domaine Sigalas can indulge in a variety of packages for a memorable wine experience. Choices range from a narrated tasting of a wine flight, with or without food, to a full wine pairing menu, including a vineyard tour. All visits require prior reservation.


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