50 Great Greek Wines shine bright in Belgium

In a spectacular showcase of Greek viticulture, Winewise Wine School in Belgium hosted in January 2024 a masterclass featuring wines from this year’s competition part. The event, organized by the 50 Great Greek Wines and the Master of Wine, Christophe Heynen, brought together 40 professionals from the wine industry in Belgium and the Netherlands. 16 award-winning wines were presented in total.

Christophe Heynen MW, one of this year’s judges, expressed his enthusiasm for the event and the outstanding selection of Greek wines. He shared, “What a great moment with such high-quality wine professionals from Belgium and the Netherlands in Antwerp to introduce a selection of 16 wines from the 2023 50 Great Greek Wines competition. The diversity of styles from autochthonous grapes from Greece is just amazing. Everyone was truly impressed by the quality and potential of the wines.”

The masterclass highlighted the big diversity of Greek wines, featuring styles ranging from white and rosé to orange and red, including the traditional retsina. The wines presented, represented the richness of Greece’s autochthonous grapes, captivating the palates of the guests.

The wines tasted were the following:

1.     Makarounas Vineyards, Spourtiko 2022, Paphos, Cyprus

2.     Moinoterra Winery, Vilana 2022, Crete

3.     Amargiotakis Winery, Thrapsathiri 2021, Crete

4.     Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Kamaras 2020, Assyrtiko, Santorini

5.     Estate Argyros, Cuvée Evdemon 2017, Assyrtiko, Santorini

6.     Troupis Winery, Hoof & Lur 2022, Moschofilero, Peloponnese

7.     Methymnaeos Organic Winery, Methymnaeos Orange 2022, Chidiriotiko, Lesvos

8.     Poultsidis Winery, Selene Orange 2022, Assyrtiko, Thessaly

9.     Vouni Panayia Winery, Whole Bunch Xynisteri Orange 2019, Paphos, Cyprus

10.  Mega Spileo Estate, Mega Spileo Orange 2016, Roditis/Malvasia, Peloponne

11.  Aoton Winery, Retsina NV, Savatiano, Attica

12.  Alpha Estate, Rosé Single Vineyard Hedgehog 2022, Xinomavro, Amyndeon

13.  Athanasiou Winery, Thronos 2022, Agiorgitiko, Nemea

14.  Ktima Zafeirakis, Limniona Young Vineyards 2020, Thessaly

15.  Oenops Wines, Limniona 2021, Macedonia

16.  Ktima Kir-Yianni, Ramnista 2019, Xinomavro, Naousa