Greek Red is a catch-all category of traditional Greek red varieties. Examples of these wines include Agiorgitiko, Mavrodaphne, Xinomavro, St. George and Moschomavro. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Greek Red wines among our extensive Greek Red wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Greek Red reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Greek Reds, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
A surprise from the Assyrtiko-dominant island of Santorini, this delicious red is made from an endangered island variety. Rich aromas of cherry, violet and clove are followed by a balanced array of juicy red and black berry and complex warming spice flavors. The tannins are firm but the wine is smooth in the mouth. Pair with meat and rich cheeses. A find.
Xinomavro, meaning acid-black, is one of Greece’s better indigenous reds and the only variety in Naoussa. It can make wines with firm acidity and jackhammer tannins, as in this example, which also shows a spicy nose of black pepper, coffee and red fruit. Flavors are a bit darker and sweeter, to match the heavy tannins, with black spicy fruit, coffee and a touch of…
Dark cherry, plum and clove lead on this enticing red from the Peloponnese. On the palate, a blend of dark chocolate, cherry and vanilla spice offers complexity and assertive flavor. Smooth but ageable, the wine’s peppery spice finish gives it an extra kick.
Succulent raisins, red berries and spice lead this enticing red from Greece. Fine tannins, an elegant, soft mouthfeel, and layers of dark fruit, cedar and cocoa add to the appeal. A lovely wine with a poised character.
This wine is elegant and integrated, with flavors and aromas of chocolate-covered cherry, raspberry and black pepper. A dry, minerally spin gives it focus, but overall it has an alluring, fruity character. The finish is long, with pepper and anise throughout.
This wine knows exactly what it wants to be: fresh, fruity and easy to love. With its red cherry, black pepper and cedary spice aromas and flavors, it’s a balanced, approachable red with style. It has backbone but also a soft touch. A fun and modern expression of the variety.
Lots of toast and dried spices, but also lovely strawberries and cream; bright red fruit with underpinnings of earth and leather. This spent two years in French oak, then two years in bottle prior to being released, so it’s ready to drink now.