Greece has older grape growing and winemaking traditions than almost anywhere in the world, and both of our featured wines this month show off the potential of the Greek terroir. Greece is dominated by steep, rocky landscapes with plenty of influence from the sea, and while the temperatures can get hot, vineyards planted at higher elevations provide ideal conditions for wine grapes.
2015 Domaine Skouras “Salto” Moscofilero – $21
Grape: Moscofilero (Mavrofilero clone)
Region: Mantinia, Peleponesse, Greece
Terroir/Tech: Sandy, clay soil at 2000 ft, wild yeasts, 3-hour skin contact
After studying agriculture at the University of Dijon, George Skouras started his winery in the rich viticultural zone of Northeastern Peleponesse. These grapes come specifically from Mantinia, which is considered the finest area for the Moscofilero grape. This “leap of faith” from Skouras makes for a fresh, light and floral wine that is perfect for springtime.
2015 Domaine Douloufakis Dafnios Liatiko – $18
Region: Dafnes, Crete, Greece
Terroir/Tech: Organic, 1150 ft, vinified in stainless, aged in French oak
Nikos Douloufakis is the third generation of his family to farm the hills of Dafnes. Crete lies far south in the Greek archipelago, and its steep elevation allows for a fairly high-toned expression of this indigenous Cretan grape. The wine almost reminds us of a Cru Beaujolais or Loire Valley red, with crunchy red fruits, bright acidity and a nice touch of spice. It is incredibly versatile with any type of meat.