The Interprofessional Organisation of Vine And Wine of Greece noted that the Australian wine and hospitality industries will have the opportunity to dive into the most comprehensive Greek wine masterclass series ever held in the country, as the largest contingent of Greek winemakers tour Australia from June 22 to June 30.
The masterclasses will be led by Athens-based educators travelling especially to Australia for the tour, Yiannis Karakasis and Grigoris Michailos of the Wine Commanders. The two educators will be leading six themed masterclasses over two days in both Melbourne (June 22 and 23) and Sydney (June 29 and 30). All the activities take place under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece and are coordinated by the Office of Economic & Commercial Affairs in cooperation with the Consulates General of Greece.
New Wines of Greece President Yannis Voyatzis said the diversity of the wines and wineries attending, alongside such a comprehensive masterclass program would provide a valuable insight into Greek wine. “We can’t wait to share our wines with the Australian trade, as well as show them how dynamic the industry is in Greece despite being the oldest wine culture in the world,” Mr Voyatzis said.
Greek vineyards are found on diverse soil and terrain, at altitudes varying between sea level and often in excess of 1,000m. They are largely found on mountain and semi-mountainous terroirs and, to a much lesser degree, on terroirs of continental features. In geographical terms, Greek vineyards are distinguished into those of northern Greece, central Greece (Attica included), Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Sea Islands and those of Crete. These regions are further subdivided into smaller ones, each with its own particular soil, climate, and topographical features – all of which, when combined with mainly native cultivars, give Greek wines their unique and diverse character.
Assyrtiko (Santorini) wines are rare and distinctive. These wines are crafted from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape, cultivated in some of the world’s oldest vineyards dating back 3,500 years on the volcanic island of Santorini. These terroir driven wines have distinct characteristics structured on minerality and density and complement both seafood and meat dishes. They both reflect the unique volcanic and anhydrous soil of Santorini. Xinomavro (Naoussa/Amynteo)wines are dry red wines, aged for two years minimum and noted for their bright pale to deep red color, high acidity, strong tannins and complex aromatic character. The place of origin and most important growing area of the indigenous Xinomavro grape is northwestern Greece, in the mono-varietal appellations of Naoussa and Amynteo. These distinguished reds are ideal for food with intense and rich flavors.
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