Yamas! Greece’s best wines land on Aussie shores June 2017

Back by popular demand and for the third year in a row, Greece’s leading winemakers and educators return to Australia 19 – 26 June 2017 to showcase up to 80 of the country’s best and latest wines, showcasing up- and-coming regions and native varieties.

First-time visiting winemakers will join wineries from previous tours at a series of trade and consumer tastings in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide including the most in-depth masterclasses ever on Greek wines led by Greece’s second-only and newest Master of Wine, Yiannis Karakasis MW.

Up to 20 winemakers will show a huge range of wines including Greek indigenous varieties such as xinomavro, agiorgitiko and mavrotragano plus new-wave wines from the next generation of winemakers emerging from the oldest culture of wine in the world. With one of the world most diverse micro-climates and vast array of indigenous varieties, Greece produces wines with a true sense of place and is finally earning recognition across the world for wines that are truly unique.

Consumers will also have the opportunity to taste and meet the people behind the wines at two events, the Greek wine extravaganza, Oinofilia, at Melbourne’s Meat Market on Saturday 24 June (held by the team behind Pinot Palooza and Game of Rhones), and at Georges on Waymouth in Adelaide on 21 June.

Wines of Greece president, Vangelis Argyris, said the winemakers were looking forward to returning to Australia for the third time.

“There is unprecedented demand for Greek wines with a 30 per cent increase in sales in Australia over the last two years. Our native grape varieties are leading this demand and we’re hoping to bring some new varieties in June that haven’t been widely seen in Australia before,” Argyris said.

“We are thrilled Australia has fell in love with Greek wines and so excited for this third tour in as many years.”

Wines of Greece is also running private masterclasses for retailers, distributors, hotels and restaurant groups throughout their time in the country. To express your interest in these private tutorials contact lizzythomas@liquidideas.com.au.

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