GREEK WINE MAPS

PDO Map

The map below shows all Greek PDO wine appellations; historically these are the most famous areas for premium wine production. However, one should remember that in Greece the disposition and abilities of each producer -regardless being inside a PDO zone or not- is the most crucial factor towards wine greatness. There are fantastic wines produced in or outside PDO zones, but providing a PDO map is always a good start to familiarize oneself with the historic wine regions of Greece.

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PGI Map

The map below shows the Greek PGI zones (similarily with Italy's IGP). The wines bearing the PGI indication are grown either in regions outside PDO zones, either into PDO zones but the wines are labeled PGI since different winemaking techniques, varieties etc. are used. Some of the most premium Greek wines are in fact PGI and are produced from very passionate winemakers.

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Geographical Map (developed by Gregory Kontos, DipWSET and Aegean Wine Selections)

Regarding it's terrain, Greece is primarily a mountainous country with 80% of its surface covered with mountains and hills with much of the country’s borders washed by the Mediterranean Sea. Greece has over 2.500 islands and one of the longest coastlines in the world (13,676 km). The landscape of Greece is diverse and rugged interspersed with mountains, rivers, gorges, and lakes and surrounded by sea. This diversity found in the landscape coupled with the macro-mesoclimates (Mediterranean and Continental) form innumerable microclimates and conditions that result in a vast array of wine styles. Adding to this, if we consider the 300 unique, indigenous Greek grape varieties then we can appreciate that the potential of Greek wines is endless.

 

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