The most marked difference between Greek vineyards and those of other countries is that they never spread over great tracts of land but remained small scale. Greece vineyards could be found in the most unlikely places, perched on mountain slopes 1 000m above sea level, carved into cliff faces or next to the surf. Essentially, with the exception of extremely high altitudes, there is no corner of Greece where grapevines are not cultivated. The soil characteristic of a Greek vineyard is mainly rocky limestone soil, while one fifth of the nation’s vineyards are in the fertile plains.
The combination of a temperate climate, lots of sunshine and low rainfall creates soils of moderate fertility, which produce small crops of excellent quality. The diversity of the Greek landscape also creates an ambudance of areas with their own microclimate and unique ecosystems, favoring the development of numerous local varieties, in addition to 26 foreign, chiefly French varieties which have been planted relatively recently and over a limited area. The latter are mainly used for blending with Greek varieties.
The persistence of certain local varieties over time is remarkable, with even their names remaining unchanged, and stretching back to the ancient times. There are at least 28 varieties of wine in Greek regions.
Over the past 15 years the situation has changed. Greek wines have managed to regain their identity after centuries, following improvements in quality that can be described as a “revolution” As more and more well-known wine writers around the world become aware of the individuality of Greek vineyards, they have come to agree that these unique and original flavors could become highly sought after in the future.
We are proud of the rich wine heritage Greece has to offer and we invite you to explore Ambrosia’s world.