There’s never been a better time to drink Greek wine. Despite bad press around Greek wine during the early 21st Century, winemakers across the country have spent the last decade investing in winemaking and viticulture with a true emphasis on quality.
Alongside these improvements, Greece continues to pioneer its ancient grape varieties: Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko, Xinomavro, Roditis, and so on. These characterful grapes deliver unique, juicy wines that transport you to the Mediterranean.
When you’re looking for an easy-going, food-friendly wine, we think that the Thiasos range is charming. The wines are made exclusively for the UK market by wine buyer Steve Daniel and winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, one of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution.
The grapes for the white and red blend are sourced from Nemea in the northeastern area of the Peloponnese peninsula. To retain their freshness and character, the juice from the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks.
“Thiasos”, the name of the wine range, hails from Greek mythology. Thiasos was the retinue of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine. It consisted of Maenads and Satyrs. The Maenads were mythical nymphs (females) and the Satyrs were half human horse.
David Williams, from The Observer, wrote about the Thiasos White saying: “the unoaked blend of white Greek varieties roditis and moschofilero is a breezy, floral, gently spicy, modestly priced way of showing some feeling.” At £6.50, there’s few wines that taste so good at such value.
The red Thiasos blend even achieved 15.5pts on JancisRobinson.com, described as “Warm, sweet start with some red-berry sensation in the mid palate and then a rather pinched finish.”
The red is a great match for moussaka, lamb or rice dishes, while the white is a versatile food-match, working with oily fish, rich salad dressings or a range of Mediterranean tapas such as grill-seared bell peppers.
Give them a try:
Thiasos White PGI Peloponnese 2013, £6.50
“Very approachable juicy white wine bursting with exotic fruits, completed with Thiasos' own Greek art label. Dried apricots, pink grapefruit, mango and guava are balanced with a run of green herb aromas.”
Thiasos Red PGI Peloponnese 2013, £6.50
“Fab showing of modern Greek wine-making. Damson, red berries, plum and soft tannins create a rounded, easy-drinking example of Agiorgitiko.”