Τhe Wines of Santorini



By Yiannis Karakasis MW

The first image I have of Santorini goes back to the late ’90s, when through the cockpit of a helicopter, my eyes feasted on an extraordinary town, soaring in mid-air, with the houses literally clinging onto the volcanic cliffs. It made me feel as if I were taking part in a Star Trek movie. The scenes unfolding beneath were so impressive, I could perceive every second of the flight, as I proceeded over Fira, Imerovigli and Oia. The colours of the houses, the blue and white of the sky, the deep blue of the sea created a magical setting indelibly etched in my mind ever since.

A few years later, I tasted the wines of the island that are unlike any other in the world. Fascinating wines of power and supreme finesse, that capture their place of production and immerse you directly into the feel of the place—wines of the sun and the rocks, but also wines of great emotions.

But how do Santorini wines stand on a global scale? Τhere are many regions in the world that claim to be unique. Bordeaux talks about its stunning grands vins, Burgundy about possessing the Holy Grail of Pinot Noir, and the Rhone of its schist soils and staked vines. These sit alongside many other, more recent discoveries, such as the Sierra de Gredos in Spain or the high-elevation vineyards of Cyprus that rise to 1,500 metres. But if there is one region on earth whose story exceeds expectations, it is Santorini, home to the oldest continuously farmed vineyards in the world. The island is planted with ancient indigenous vines, the age of which nobody knows, but it could be 200 years or even older. They are cultivated using a unique vine-training system called kouloura (‘basket’), protecting them from the ferocious winds that blow across the island and creating a humid micro-environment – sorely needed in a region characterised by scarce rainfall. These dry-farmed vineyards on the slopes of one of history’s most aggressive (and still active) volcanoes give perilously low yields of 10 hl/ha, enough to make other regions blush when they complain about crop levels. The imprint of the above? Strength, saltiness, intensity, fire. The proof that great wines are children of poverty.

With my book ‘The Wines of Santorini’ – with the support of Selene Restaurant – a work of about two years, I wanted to connect all of the above. My effort was to present a complete wine story that everyone can read, an overview of the island and a reference base for visitors, wine lovers and professionals. Its 400 pages include sections on history, grape varieties (starring Assyrtiko) and various terroirs, and sections on the present and the future of the island. In addition, all the island producers are mentioned, along with suggestions of wines worth looking for, some of which are well-hidden secrets.

I hope you enjoy what you read, but even more, you will visit the island at the first opportunity to meet up with the producers tasting these excellent wines in their hometown.

You can order it online via the following link: The Wines of Santorini

Pages: 400, hardcover
Price: 65 euros
Dimensions: Main body 19 X 24.5 cm
Weight: 1520 gr



Wine in Moderation is proud to announce the launch of its brand-new website (www.wineinmoderation.eu). The new site features a modernised design with new functionalities and clear information to help consumers and professionals alike make well-informed decisions to enjoy wine in moderation and to encourage a sustainable culture of wine.

The new website brings together all the Wine in Moderation members and Supporters around one single platform available in no less than 12 languages* and which offers a nationally tailored message.

We are very excited to launch this new website which marks an important step in the implementation of our latest Brand Strategy” said Sandro Sartor, President of Wine in Moderation. “This new website not only presents a wealth of new content in a modern and fresh design, it also offers a brand-new platform for professionals and for all our members and Supporters around the world, where they will get an exclusive access to our services, materials and tools.”

Wine in Moderation’s new website has indeed been reviewed, building its information around five mains sections:

  • The culture of wine: where visitors will have the pleasure to discover the uniqueness of the wine culture, get tips on how to best organise their oenotourism trips, or even what the best way to organise a tasting is.
  • Moderation: where we present why wine should be enjoyed in a sustainable way by providing information such as who should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, wine and health, with specificities on the topics of wine and diet as well as calories, etc.
  • Our Community: a brand-new feature which will show all our members and supporters around the world on a dynamic map, giving visitors the possibility to zoom in and discover an “identity card” for every actor who has joined Wine in Moderation and who is committed to help their consumers make informed decisions when it comes to wine.
  • Professionals: a section specifically dedicated to professionals where we introduce the different ways in which one can get involved with Wine in Moderation and why it matters for the sector.
  • About us: and last but not least, a section where visitors will discover who is behind the social responsibility movement of the wine sector, our vision, missions and objectives and our story.

 A long-standing project, this new website will offer a personalised visit depending on the country you’re from” said Nadia Frittella, Secretary General of the association. “The website’s news and events will be updated regularly offering visitors the possibility to check the events that are happening next to them. We are also particularly excited about our completely new Community Map which illustrates where on the globe our Supporters are and shows the important commitment of the wine sector towards a sustainable culture of wine”.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up to become a WiM Supporter if they are not one already! By doing so, not only will they show their commitment to encourage a moderate and responsible consumption of wine, they will also get access to our new platform for professionals where a wealth of tools and services will be at their disposal.


* The website is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Lithuanian, Swedish, and Greek. It will be updated in Hungarian and Russian shortly.

Commission’s flexibility measures for wine promotion programmes agreed on by Member States


Today, Member States agreed to measures increasing flexibility in the management of promotion activities for the wine sector, part of their national support programmes. These measures were proposed by the European Commission in the context of increased import duties (+25%) imposed on EU wines exported to the US.

These new measures would apply to all EU wine and include:

  • an increase of the rate of EU co-financing to 60% from 50% (with the operators financing the rest themselves)
  • allowing Member States to modify the promotion activities of their national support programme more than twice a year
  • the possibility to change the targeted markets (country, region and/ or town) of the already approved promotion activities, with no limitation on the new destination
  • the suspension of the 5-year time limit on promotion activities until the end of the programming period (i.e. 15 October 2023)

Following the positive vote by Member States today, these regulations (two implementing acts) will now have to be adopted by the College. In addition, another regulation (a delegated act) will be under scrutiny, from the moment it’s adopted, by the European Parliament and Council for a period of up to two months.

The European Commission will continue to closely monitor the impact of US measures on EU wine exports.


A harvest of high expectations

Source: Greek Wine Federation

For most wine regions throughout Greece, the reports are that this year’s harvest could be the best of the last 20 years. Consistent rainfall, evenly distributed throughout the year, provided the vines with enough water to thrive during the warm summer months of July and August, which came without extreme periods of heat. The grapes, in general, showed excellent health and quality, with harvest beginning later than last year which was actually a return to the more normal ripening periods of earlier years. Harvest in the Aegean islands, though, began earlier than usual. Another characteristic that ran throughout the 2019 vintage is the high acidity which, though characteristic of Greece, is usually difficult to achieve for Mediterranean vineyards. The acidity will bring crispness to the wines and offer longer aging potential. Although production levels tended towards more normal levels, a deficit still remains from much higher production quantities of years past. A significant decline in production was recorded in Macedonia and the Aegean islands, especially in Santorini where, despite good quality, grape production was at an unprecedented low.



The winter months were free of extreme cold, although there was extended snowfall and ground cover, which resulted in a slightly later harvest. April, May and June brought heavy rains that replenished ground water reserves. However, the favorable weather conditions of August and September allowed the early ripening varieties to be harvested at similar dates as last year. A September fall in temperatures and drought delayed the maturation of the late-ripening varieties, similar to 2018, which were harvested late. In general, most varieties yielded lower production levels of between a 10-20% from 2018. Qualitatively, white varieties were highly aromatic with very good acidity, as were the early reds. Both Roditis and Xinomavro were harvested at very good levels of maturity, comparable to 2018. Prices also increased between 10-20% where there was a significant decline in grape production.


Veraison began after mid-July, 10 days later than in 2018. The weather throughout veraison and the ripening season was warm, but without extreme temperatures and low rainfall. The lack of extreme temperatures, and the diurnal temperature variation between day and night, helped varieties maintain acidity and reach phenolic maturity. In terms of quality, the wines of the early-ripening reds are of high quality, with good acidity, color and excellent aromas. The later ripening Xinomavro is showing excellent phenolic potential, aromas and color intensity with alcoholic degrees of 12-12.5%. This year there were increased losses in production than in previous years on specific parcels, due to wild boars.


This year moved toward a more normal vine ripening season. Weather conditions were cold during winter, with long periods of snow, but without extreme temperatures. In May and June, there was little rainfall, but temperatures came in normal for the season. The harvest went smoothly, free of problems, with the whites beginning August 12 and the reds on August 16. In general, the cooler weather conditions favored an even phenolic ripening, with late varieties such as Xinomavro maturing under ideal conditions. Production levels for whites increased slightly while the reds decreased by 5% from last year. There are high expectations for this year’s wines with many seeing 2019 as probably the best harvest in the last 20 years. The whites express rich varietal aromas, full flavors and excellent acidity. The red wines have excellent phenolic ripening, concentrated aromas and very good structure.


This year’s harvest in Chalkidiki was of high quality. White and rosé wines are distinguished for their specific varietal aromatic intensity and high acidity, while the reds are distinguished for their aromatic concentration and good structure.


Weather conditions in the general area of ​​Drama evolved with mild temperatures and little rain during November/December 2018. Temperatures remained fairly low during the rest of the winter months, which did not adversely affect the vines. Temperatures were slightly higher in the spring which led to quality fruit. From June through mid-July 2019 there were almost daily rains which brought on a late harvest. During the same months there were several hailstorms that affected some of the vineyards. These conditions caused a decrease in grape production, but still allowed for good organoleptic characteristics of the grapes. Acidity levels were good due to the increased humidity. 2019 is showing to be an excellent year for the reds, with good tannins and ripe phenolic conditions. The whites are showing good acidity and fruity aromas.


The vine’s vegetative season at the foothills of Mount Pangeon began during the first ten days of April. Spring and summer were very cool, with adequate rains to provide enough water for vine growth without disease development, and good grape maturation. Weather conditions during ripening and harvest, which were without rain, produced aromatic whites with good acidity and excellent structure. In general, the 2019 harvest will provide quality wines, characterized by rich aromas and velvety mouth feel, due to the even ripening conditions of the grapes and low yields. The red wines, especially, are expected to be aromatic, fruity and bright in color with a high presence of phenolic compounds and excellent structure, giving them good aging potential.


Proper planning and key decisions in managing climatic conditions contributed to a high quality, although reduced, grape production. Fresh, crisp, aromatic white and rosé wines are expected, while reds were characterized by their intense fruity character and excellent phenolic ripeness.





A very good year and reward for the hard work of the vine growers. The year began with heavy rainfall and low temperatures resulting in a delayed start of the vegetative cycle.

In the early days of May there was a late frost, mainly in the Altsia region, as well as a hailstorm towards the end of May across most of the vine-growing zone. Summer temperatures were mostly moderate providing smooth development during the vegetative cycle of the vine, except for a 5-day heatwave during the end of August that damaged some vines. Weather during harvest was excellent and went smoothly under these ideal conditions. The heat wave led to a significant reduction in production across the region, although it resulted in better and faster grape maturation. Qualitative production was very good with no disease outbreaks. Debina in most parts ripened well, with an average sugar content of 12 Be. Debina’s price for PDO wine is expected to rise as efforts are made to reward producers who comply with PDO wine standards.


Winter was heavy with fierce snowfall throughout an unusually long cold season, which included a cool spring. As a result, the start of the vegetative cycle was delayed. The summer months brought normal temperatures, but without rain. In general terms, 2019 was a late year, with September quite dry and warm.  Generally, harvest came 10-15 days later than in 2018, but with all grapes in excellent health. Production was around 300-400 kg/ha, depending on the variety, which was slightly higher than the previous year. First indications show that the year will be great for red wines, with good phenolic potential and high acidity, while whites show very strong aromatic characters and expressive mouth feel.




Harvest began on September 19, a 10-day delay from 2018, but which actually brought the grapes back into a more normal ripening period. Grapes were healthy, with good phenolic potential, intense fruit, good color and high potential alcoholic strength.


The weather conditions were usual for the area, with a heavy winter that included low temperatures, snow and frost. Spring was late with normal rain and temperatures for the season. Weather conditions were ideal during harvest with moderate temperatures, no extreme heat and cool evenings. White varieties ripened in the usual season with strong aromas and good acidity due to good rainfall during summer, while during the dry season  there was strong sunshine and cool winds at night. Weather during veraison, August and September, was ideal for even maturation of all varieties, especially those that were late-ripening. Red wines had excellent degrees of alcohol, balanced acidity, high concentrations of anthocyanins and round tannins. Grapes were healthy with moderate to low yields during harvest. In general, it was an excellent harvest for the ripening of Greek varieties, with fresh, crisp whites and fruity, round reds.


Spring brought heavy rains, although during summer, temperatures were elevated with low humidity levels. Ripening conditions were normal, with warm weather and little rainfall during harvest. Production was up 15% compared to last year, with superior grape quality compared to 2018. Sugars were at higher levels than last year. Market prices for grapes came in at 40 to 65 cents per kilo.




The harvest began during early August with white foreign varieties, continuing with native white varieties and ending with the reds. This pattern followed a normal ripening season through the last days of September. The health and quality of the grapes was good with excellent structure. This year, as in previous years, the increasing population of wild boar continued to cause great losses of crops, although grape production was similar to 2018.



Winter was relatively cold with good rainfall. The relatively lower average temperatures during March and April resulted in a 13 day delay in the flowering of the vines from the norm. A significant positive impact on the yield and quality of the grapes was caused by rainfall from April through August, which was evenly distributed during this period. This resulted in a good supply of water that helped the vines cope with the warm, dry weather that continued until harvest, but was without extreme temperatures. The harvest began with a 10-day delay, compared to 2018. The grapes were very healthy with good maturity, producing wines that are aromatic and typical of each variety.


Winter was relatively cold and characterized by increased rainfall for the area, which continued until the beginning of summer. Eye growth and flowering took place relatively slowly, giving projections of a late year. The situation changed, though, in the heat of July together with the continuous north winds that dominated in August. These conditions caused an acceleration and inconsistency during the late stages of ripening. This year, however, production was at typical levels for the region with healthy grapes that produced excellent tasting characteristics for all varieties.


Winter was normal with relatively low temperatures and heavy rainfall, especially during spring, although this did not cause difficulty during harvest. During summer the region avoided extreme temperatures and because of the spring rains, the vines had sufficient water to thrive. Harvest was delayed 7 to 10 days, depending on the variety, reminiscent of older, normal vintages. As a consequence, there was good maturation of the whites, and good balance between acidity and alcohol. The reds have excellent phenolic ripeness, rich tannins and good structure. Although production was 10% to 15% lower than the previous year, the quality seems to be the best of the last 5 years. All indications are that this year’s wines will show good evolution and aging potential.


The summer was mild and dry with no rain, while both June and July were cooler than usual. Veraison was delayed approximately 2 weeks. Harvest, which began in mid-August, ended without rain. No cases of fungal diseases were observed, due to the dry summer, resulting in clean, healthy grapes. Grape production was at normal levels, with prices remaining similar to 2018. In general we can call 2019 a great year for all varieties.





Low temperatures during winter and spring, together with continuous rainfall, contributed to late maturation during all stages of ripening. Heat and drought prevailed during the summer months and into September, ensuring the good hygiene of most grape varieties. Yields were at usual levels in the region, with an average of 800 kg/ha, and excellent grape health. The wines are characterized by high acidity, giving aromatic wines with good varietal expression. Although it is still early, first impressions of the reds are very good, showing fruity aromas and color, with high acidity, good phenolic ripeness and structure.


Winter was cold, including plenty of freezing temperatures until March, with heavy rainfall through January (producing 268 mm of rain). The summer was relatively warm and dry. The average temperature did not exceed 24 ° C in August, while a colder, sunny September favored the proper ripening of Moschofilero. Harvest began on October 1 and was interrupted by rain on October 4, delaying harvest, but thanks to previous ideal conditions and exceptional grape maturation, excellent wines are expected.


A late year brought harvest in line with more normal times, beginning near the end of August with early-ripening varieties and ending  towards the end of October with Roditis grown on the high mountain slopes. The continuous breeze of summer significantly influenced the ripening process, resulting in variations of maturation in the vineyards, depending on the variety. The main highlights of the 2019 harvest were the good health and quality of the grapes. The wines in general are showing high acidity, good fruit, consistent color with the reds also showing good aging potential. Quantitatively and qualitatively this was the best year in recent memory, due to the good water supply in the winter, spring and summer. The persistent winds during the maturation period prevented the development of diseases and kept the vines at optimum stress levels.


Weather conditions were normal through winter with good rainfall in the autumn and spring. During summer, there were no extreme temperatures, although the temperatures were consistently higher than in 2018.  Harvest began 10 days later than in 2018, with production higher than 2018 and few mildew problems. The 2019 vintage was good for most all varieties, producing wines with slightly elevated alcoholic degrees and high acidity. Grape prices are expected to remain at the same level as last year or slightly higher.


The absence of severe heat waves until the first half of the summer assisted in proper grape ripening and the production of healthy fruit. During the second half, temperatures rose further, but gradually with the highest temperatures coming in August. The ripening continued evenly, and unexpectedly, due to the prolonged cooling winds that began during the higher temperatures of August and which continued during harvest. Harvest began rather late in August with high grape quality and production levels up by 10% over last year.





Harvest began as usual around August 5 and ended on October 2 in the semi-mountainous and mountainous areas of the island. The year was characterized by moderate (lower than expected) grape production and good levels of sugar, which favor the sweet wines produced on the island. Dry wines are showing good acidity and rich aromatic characters. In general terms, the quality is excellent and without health problems. The prevailing weather conditions were favorable throughout all stages of cultivation. Satisfactory winter rainfall and moderate summer temperatures were also a factor.


Throughout harvest sunshine prevailed, with northern winds and normal to high temperatures. Vineyard production was up by 20% over the previous year. The grapes experienced normal ripening conditions for white varieties and late ripening for the reds. There were no diseases that affected the quality of the grapes.


The year was marked by unusually heavy rainfall during the months of November/2018 through March/2019, with strong winds coming at the end of March and until the beginning of April. While the increased rainfall (a record in recent years) helped plant growth, the strong winds affected the already low yields due to the stress of the plants from the previous year. Cold northern winds at the end of March and then mainly southwestern winds during the first ten days of April affected the growth of the eyes and caused significant damage to the production of new shoots. Some areas, specifically Akrotiri, were affected more than others. Temperatures during ripening were mild and lower than recent years, which favored a good and balanced grape maturation and made for a later and more normal harvest.

Overall output was dramatically low. It is the lowest production of the last 25 years. The total on the island did not exceed 1100 tons, which is the fourth consecutive year with a significant drop in production. (In 2018 the island produced 1800 tons). The quality of the raw material, despite the unusual weather conditions, was good in most cases. The year looks particularly interesting and the wines represent a somewhat different character profile from previous years. The lack of high temperatures resulted in balanced ripening with high acidity, strong aromatic potential and lack of tannins similar to 2016 and 2018. Grape prices, despite dramatically low crop yields and intense competition, although historically high, remained at 2018 levels with a few exceptions.


It was a cold winter, with substantial rain, while the summer was mild without extreme heat, but strong winds. Harvest began early on August 5 and ended September 23. Throughout the year sunshine prevailed with strong northern winds and normal daytime temperatures and humidity. Grape production was reduced by 50 to 60% from the previous year, due to strong winds during the flowering season. The quality of the grapes was excellent, producing high-quality white and red wines with high acidity and rich aromas. Grape prices have risen by up to 50% compared to last year.




Normal temperatures with little rainfall prevailed during the ripening period, resulting in very high quality grapes. The production of white varieties were at normal levels, while red varieties were lower. First indications are showing high quality in the whites and reds.




The year produced the highest quality wines of the last 5 years, although in smaller quantities than the previous year. Extremely low spring temperatures at the start of the vegetation cycle, together with a May wind-storm contributed to a decline in this year’s production. However, a mild summer produced favorable ripening conditions, which ultimately resulted in a harvest of excellent quality grapes. The vintage started late on August 20 with the mountain grown Robola variety and ended well with Mavrodafni on September 20. There are high expectations for the wines, that are remarkable for their quality, with Robola showing strong aromatic potential and extremely rich body.

Santorini on its way to UNESCO


Article editors: Nikos Varvarigos, Ioanna Vamvakouri, Krystallia Papaeconomou.
Santorini 11-10-2019

Last year a very interesting development took place; Santorini was included in the National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage and was the first PDO region in Greece that succeeded in doing so. This piece of news is extremely important as it paves the way for Santorini to also be included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage. In the article that follows, by Nikos Varvarigos, Ioanna Vamvakouri and Krystalia Papaikonomou, the effort made to achieve this is described in detail.

The wine-growing tradition of Santorini as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece

Santorini is the first Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) wine region to be included in the National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage (APK). The distinct vineyard cultivation methods, together with the wine traditions of Thera-Therassia, were encompassed into the National Index at the beginning of 2018, and now form part of the recorded Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece.

The awareness of the necessity to safeguard and preserve the particular wine heritage of this place gave rise to the initiative. Several wine-growing regions of Europe have managed to join the UNESCO list, and have thus ensured the viability of their vineyards and have highlighted the uniqueness of their area.

The documents that had to be submitted were gathered very soon after the International Symposium that was organized on the island Santorini in 2015, by the UNESCO Department of “Culture and Traditions of Wine” of the University of Burgundy, which focused on “Heritage and Development of Wine-Growing Regions”. The group in charge of this project consisted of oenologists, Mr. Nikos Varvarigos and Mrs. Ioanna Vamvakouri together with communications specialist Mrs. Kristallia Papaeconomou, and it was supported by the municipal authority of Thera, the wine industry and the National Inter-Professional Organization of Vine and Wine. It took almost 2 years to complete the project.

In February 2017 the factual application, accompanied by extensive audiovisual material and bibliography, was submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage. Approved by the National Scientific Committee Implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in February 2018. The candidacy of Santorini was considered to be one of the most notable, as it was very thorough and well documented. The next step is to have it included in the UNESCO list. The necessary procedures were followed immediately, from the following day.

The National Directory depicts elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece in the form of a directory and is the valid and updated picture of the intangible cultural heritage of our country. The included ICH Report on Santorini contains all the items that comprise the intangible cultural heritage of the island, which need to be safeguarded and showcased. Indicatively, the main items are as follows:

More at the Link: http://ayla.culture.gr/i_ampelooiniki_klironomia_tis_santorinis/

The historical vineyard of Santorini enhances the natural and cultural scenery of the island. This vineyard is one of the few in the world that is ungrafted and untouched by phylloxera, and has a historical presence of 3,500 years in the unique terroir of the island. Over the centuries, the vine-growers of Santorini have adopted special cultivation techniques (Kouloura or Ambelia) for the production of the island’s PDO wines (Santorini, Nyhteri, Vinsanto). At the same time, the special tools used during the grape harvest (e.g. Ferentini, Kofinia), as well as the peculiar architecture of the wineries (Kanava, Patitiri, kofinia) are part of this tradition.

Folklore pertaining to the harvest and wine is rich in Santorini and includes wine celebrations for the harvest, and traditions that mark the beginning of the new Harvest (Agios Averkios), accompanied by songs and particular dishes made during this time (manestra of Vendema, tomato patties, and others); these are still practiced today.

Special referral needs to be made to the linguistic tradition of wine – the wine vocabulary of Santorini, as it has been developed over time.

Intangible Cultural Heritage is a reality that has life, which changes, evolves, transforms, adapts, is enriched, and is transferred to future generations by monitoring the social, cultural and economic transformations.

The fact that the wine tradition of Santorini was included in the National Index is a beginning for the wine industry to act collectively and for its inclusion in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The special wine-growing techniques and practices of Santorini are an intangible cultural heritage not only of the island but of Greece as a whole. Everyone’s efforts should be focused on highlighting and promoting this request, as this will ensure that these unique cultural elements are preserved. Let Santorini open the way for the inclusion of all the special wine traditions/zones of our country on the list of UNESCO.


“CHOOSE | SHARE | CARE” is the new message of Wine in Moderation with an innovative visual identity.

The new Brand Strategy, message and visual identity are a result of a year-long reflection at the conclusion of the Wine in Moderation´s 10th year in existence.

Today, through the new Brand Strategy and communication, Wine in Moderation will continue to support wine professionals to inspire a sustainable culture of wine. With sound scientific evidence and responsible service training professionals will be provided knowledge, skills and tools, to help them understand the benefits of moderate consumption and risks associated with alcohol abuse.

This support will allow wineries to seize opportunities created by wine tourism, by co-creating responsible wine experiences to help wine tourists enjoy responsibly, and wine communities to capture value from the rising flows of wine tourism. The WiM Association will continue to work with professionals who want to make a difference using innovative tools, sharing good practices and opportunities to take tangible and relevant actions to help their customers make informed decisions.

“This exciting evolution marks a new beginning for Wine in Moderation” said George Sandeman, President of the WiM Association. “We have brought the message closer to professionals and consumers, making it more relevant, encouraging moderation and well-being, while supporting the sustainability of rural viticultural areas.”

The updated Brand Strategy comes to life through the new tagline “CHOOSE I SHARE I CARE”, a new modern visual identity and colourful icons which communicate the wine sector’s commitment to a sustainable culture of wine. During the last 10 years and the hard work of many, Wine in Moderation has evolved from the vision of a few to a credible international social responsibility standard for the wine sector.

“This is an important step to support an ever-growing movement” says Stylianos Filopoulos, Director of WiM Association. “We are delighted that the new Branding is the result of a series of innovative events, where members, partners and key experts came together to co-create the future of Wine in Moderation.”

Accountability has been at the heart of the Wine in Moderation Programme since the very beginning, and in the new strategy clear targets are established to measure the number of entities joining the Wine in Moderation movement and the number of professionals trained. These new performance indicators will be in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and will contribute to the sustainable development of wine and of our communities.

Συνέντευξη τύπου του Διεθνούς Οργανισμού Αμπέλου και Οίνου σχετικά με παγκόσμια παραγωγή οίνου το 2019

Ενημέρωση σχετικά με την παγκόσμια κατάσταση της αγοράς οίνου, που παρουσιάστηκε σε συνέντευξη τύπου του ΟΙV, απέστειλε το Γραφείο ΟΕΥ της ελληνικής πρεσβείας στο Παρίσι. Συγκεκριμένα η ενημέρωση αναφέρει:

Πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 31 Οκτωβρίου τ.ε., στην έδρα του Διεθνούς Οργανισμού Αμπέλου και Οίνου (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin – ΟΙV) συνέντευξη τύπου, κατά την οποία παρουσιάσθηκε η έκθεση του Οργανισμού για την παγκόσμια παραγωγή οίνου για το 2019. Την παρουσίαση της έκθεσης πραγματοποίησε ο Γενικός Διευθυντής του Οργανισμού κ. Pau Roca, παρουσία δημοσιογράφων, καθώς και εκπροσώπων των εδώ διπλωματικών Αρχών των κρατών-μελών του Οργανισμού. Στην εκδήλωση συμμετείχε ο υπογράφων.

Σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία του OIV, η παραγωγή οίνου το 2019 αναμένεται να κυμανθεί μεταξύ 258,3 και 267,3 εκ. εκατολίτρων (mhl), με μέση εκτίμηση τα 262,8 εκ. εκατόλιτρα (mhl). Η εκτίμηση βασίζεται στα στοιχεία που συνελέγησαν σε 28 χώρες, οι οποίες αντιπροσωπεύουν το 85% της παγκόσμιας παραγωγής το 2018. Έτσι, η παραγωγή του 2019 εμφανίζεται μειωμένη κατά 10% σε σχέση με το προηγούμενο έτος, έχοντας επιστρέψει στα επίπεδα παραγωγής που παρατηρήθηκαν κατά την περίοδο 2007-2016 (με εξαίρεση το 2013), μετά από δύο διαδοχικά έτη που μπορούν να οριστούν ως εξαιρετικά ασταθή.

Στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, οι δυσμενείς καιρικές συνθήκες – από παγετό έως ξηρασία – επηρέασαν σημαντικά την παραγωγή οίνου το 2019, η οποία κινείται σε επίπεδα χαμηλότερα από τον μέσο όρο παραγωγής της πενταετίας. Ο όγκος παραγωγής που εκτιμάται σε 156,0 mhl (που αντιπροσωπεύει το 60% της παγκόσμιας παραγωγής), είναι περίπου 15% χαμηλότερος από το περασμένο έτος, ήτοι κατά 26,7 mhl.

Με ελάχιστες εξαιρέσεις, στις περισσότερες χώρες της Ε.Ε. καταγράφεται συρρίκνωση της παραγωγής σε σχέση με το 2018. Σε σύγκριση με τον εξαιρετικά υψηλό όγκο παραγωγής το 2018, σημειώθηκε πτώση κατά 15% στην Ιταλία (46,6 mhl) και τη Γαλλία (41,9 mhl) και κατά 24% στην Ισπανία (34,3 mhl). Αυτό μπορεί να εξηγηθεί από τις καιρικές συνθήκες, και κυρίως από μία πολύ κρύα και βροχερή άνοιξη, την οποία διαδέχθηκε ένα εξαιρετικά ζεστό και ξηρό καλοκαίρι. Ωστόσο, ενώ στις ανωτέρω τρεις χώρες (που αντιπροσωπεύουν από κοινού το 80% της ΕΕ) η παραγωγή είναι χαμηλή όχι μόνο σε σχέση με το 2018 αλλά και σε σύγκριση με τον μέσο όρο παραγωγής τους για την τελευταία πενταετία, χώρες όπως η Γερμανία (9,0 mhl, -12%), η Αυστρία (2,6 mhl, -4%), η Ρουμανία (4,9 mhl, -4%) και η Ουγγαρία (3,2 mhl, -6%) πέτυχαν επίπεδα παραγωγής στο ίδιο επίπεδο ή ανώτερα του μέσου όρου της πενταετίας.

Η Πορτογαλία, με 6,7 mhl το 2019, είναι η μόνη χώρα της Ε.Ε. η οποία κατέγραψε αύξηση στην παραγωγή οίνου σε σχέση με το προηγούμενο έτος (+10%) και βρέθηκε κατά 4% άνω του μέσου όρου της πενταετίας.

Η παραγωγή οίνων στην Ελλάδα εκτιμάται ότι θα ανέλθει σε 2,0 εκ. εκτατόλιτρα το 2019, μειωμένη κατά 8% σε σχέση με το προηγούμενο έτος και κατά 20% σε σχέση με τον μέσο όρο της ελληνικής παραγωγής της τελευταίας πενταετίας, κυρίως λόγω εγκατάλειψης των καλλιεργειών.

Εκτός της Ε.Ε., η παραγωγή οίνου το 2019 εμφανίζεται αυξημένη σε χώρες όπως η Ρωσία (6,0 mhl, +7%) και η Γεωργία (1,8 mhl, +1%). Στην Ελβετία, αν και ο όγκος παραγωγής είναι χαμηλότερος από πέρυσι (1,1 mhl, -6%), είναι κατά 10% μεγαλύτερος από τον μέσο όρο που παρατηρήθηκε κατά την περίοδο 2014-2018. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, με εκτιμώμενη παραγωγή 23,6 mhl (-1% σε σχέση με το 2018), παρουσίασαν πολύ καλές επιδόσεις για τέταρτο συνεχόμενο έτος. Ωστόσο, η εκτίμηση αυτή βασίζεται σε προβλέψεις για τη συγκομιδή σταφυλιών, επομένως θα μπορούσε να αναθεωρηθεί σημαντικά κατά τους επόμενους μήνες, όταν θα είναι διαθέσιμες περισσότερες πληροφορίες.

Στο νότιο ημισφαίριο, όπου η συγκομιδή έληξε στις αρχές του 2019 και τα προκαταρκτικά στοιχεία για την παραγωγή οίνου τείνουν να είναι πιο ακριβή και αξιόπιστα γι αυτή την περίοδο του έτους, η εκτίμηση για το 2019 είναι παρόμοια με αυτή του βόρειου ημισφαιρίου, με χαμηλότερη γενικά παραγωγή από το προηγούμενο έτος, η οποία, ωστόσο, κινείται συνολικά στο πλαίσιο του μέσου όρου της πενταετίας και αντιπροσωπεύει περίπου το 20% της παγκόσμιας παραγωγής.

Η Νότιος Αμερική είναι η περιοχή που καταγράφει τη μεγαλύτερη μείωση σε σχέση με την υψηλή παραγωγή του 2018 στο νότιο ημισφαίριο. Στην Αργεντινή, η παραγωγή οίνου το 2019 είναι πιθανό να φθάσει τα 13,0 mhl (-10%), ενώ η Χιλή με 11,9 mhl σημειώνει πτώση κατά 7% σε σχέση με το 2018, αλλά αύξηση 8% σε σχέση με τον μέσο όρο της πενταετίας. Η Βραζιλία, μετά από δύο διαδοχικά έτη με παραγωγή άνω των 3 mhl, το 2019 αναμένεται να καταγράψει όγκο παραγωγής 2,9 mhl, υψηλότερο κατά 10% από τον πενταετή μέσο όρο της.

Στη Νότιο Αφρική, όπου η ξηρασία επηρέασε σημαντικά τη συγκομιδή, η παραγωγή οίνου εκτιμάται σε 9,7 mhl. Είναι η μόνη μείζονος σημασίας χώρα παραγωγής, η οποία για δεύτερη συνεχή χρονιά καταγράφει όγκο παραγωγής χαμηλότερο από τον μέσο όρο της (-9% σε σχέση με τον πενταετή μέσο όρο).

Η Αυστραλία σημειώνει ελαφρά μείωση στον όγκο παραγωγής οίνου, η οποία εκτιμάται σε 12,5 mhl (-3% σε σύγκριση με το 2018 αλλά συνολικά στο επίπεδο του μέσου όρου της πενταετίας), ενώ η παραγωγή της Νέας Ζηλανδίας φαίνεται να διατηρείται για τέταρτη συνεχή χρονιά σε ένα επίπεδο κοντά στα 3,0 mhl το 2019 (-1% σε σχέση με το 2018).

Οι εκτιμήσεις του OIV έχουν αναρτηθεί στην ιστοσελίδα του Οργανισμού και συγκεκριμένα στο σύνδεσμο http://www.oiv.int/public/medias/7033/en-oiv-point-de-conjoncture.pdf.

European Day of Wine Tourism

On Sunday, November 10, wineries of the Wine Routes of Greece participate in the European Day of Wine Tourism with hundreds of other European wineries and invite you to celebrate with them.

Visitors of wineries will have the opportunity to walk around wine regions, get to know Greek wine-producers, enjoy the scenery in beautiful vineyards, take a tour in wine production, maturation and ageing areas,    try new and vintage wine and get an update on the fresh wines of this year’s harvest which has just been completed.

The European Day of Wine Tourism was established in 2009 and is annually celebrated on the second Sunday of November with the participation of wineries-members of the European Network of Wine Cities (RECEVIN) or Wine Tourism Networks.

All Regional Associations of Wineries of our country participate in the celebration of the European Day of Wine Tourism. More specifically:

Wine Producers Association “Wines of Northern Greece”

Central Greece Wine Producers Association

Wine Producers Association of the Vineyard of Attica

The Wine Grower Association of the Peloponnese

Aegean Islands Wine Producers Association

Crete Wine Producers Association (Wines of Crete)

Start planning your trip now for Sunday, November 10. From 11 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, you have the chance to visit wineries of Wine Tourism Networks, wherever you are in Greece.

The European Day of Wine Tourism is a wonderful opportunity for you to be initiated to the magical world of wine, get to know the winemaking procedure and taste exceptional Branded Greek Wines.

For further information on the wineries of each region and the scheduled events, contact Regional Associations of wineries:

Wines of Northern Greece (EN.O.A.B.E.): Τ: 2310 281617, e-mail: info@wineroads.gr, www.wineroads.gr, www.winesofnorthgreece.gr

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Central Greece Wine Producers Association (EN.O.A.K.E.): Τ: 22330 23172 &  210 8075512, e-mail: info@enoake.gr, www.enoake.gr

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Wine Producers Association of the Vineyard of Attica (ΕΝΟΑΑ), Τ. 2294032508, e-mail: info@enoaa.gr, www.enoaa.gr , f:atticavineyards

The Wine Grower Association of the Peloponnese (ENOAP): Τ.6979116736, e-mail:manolis@enoap.org, www.peloponnesewineroads.com, fb:/winesofpeloponnese

Aegean Islands Wine Producers Association (EN.O.A.N.A.): T: 2242069860, e-mail :enoanawines@gmail.com  fb: Aegean Islands Wines

Crete Wine Producers Association (Wines of Crete), Τ: 2810 300688, e-mail: info@winesofcrete.gr  www.winesofcrete.gr  f: /winesofcrete

or on the portal of Branded Greek Wine: www.winesofgreece.org

Admission to wineries is free!

“International Xinomavro Day”

The “International Xinomavro Day” has been officially established! On 1st of November, the dominant, red, wine grape variety from North Greece steps into the world wine map.

In recent years, Greek wine industry has made significant efforts and great leaps on the production of quality wines, enhancing the brand and improving the image of the Greek vineyard both in Greece and abroad.

As a result, the indigenous varieties can be adopted by conscious consumers and true wine connoisseurs worldwide, as the rest international varieties.

The Association of Winemakers “Wines of North Greece” recognizes the charismatic “Xinomavro”, as it holds the top rank among the Greek varieties. Thus, it is decided to establish the “International Xinomavro Day” in order to promote the noble variety around world.

After all, “Xinomavro”, one of the Greek ambassador varieties, is already recognized and appreciated making friends beyond the borders.

The date of the celebration is the 1st of November, which marks the end of the harvest as well number 1 is easily remembered and reminds that “Xinomavro” is the # 1 variety of Northern Greece!

Greek winemakers invite food professionals, consumers, and friends of high-quality branded wines, to spread this wonderful idea by choosing on November 1st

“Xinomavro”, red, rosé or white (blanc de noir), fresh or matured, dry, semi-dry or semi-sweet, foamy, semi-sparkling, sweet or even as a grape marc spirit.

In addition, “Xinomavro” as a ‘’multi-dynamic’’ variety, can be found in different types and styles of wines, sometimes classic-rustic and sometimes modern-innovative.

On November 1st, we can pay a tribute to the Greek noble “Xinomavro” by opening a bottle or enjoying it by the glass, always in moderation, at home or in a wine bar or restaurant or if you are in Greece you can visiting a winery producing this variety.

Moreover, we can do something more. To spread the news everywhere, within our work environment, our family, people that we randomly meet every day, in wine bars we use to go, in our preferred restaurant, share the idea on social media and with the closest people in our life.

In case you are involved in wine or gastronomy industry, you could easily create an event for “Xinomavro”, on November 1, to celebrate with your customers.

After all, wine can create bonds and unite us.

This year, on November 1st, Earth is celebrating “Xinomavro”!

November 1, “International Xinomavro Day”.

We hope that our proposal will be embraced with excitement and globally established.

We wish you all the best and good luck with the “International Xinomavro Day”!!!

Masters of Wine Tour – Greece 2019

Author: Yiannis Karakasis MW

Source: https://www.karakasis.mw/masters-wine-greece-final-countdown

Very few days have been left before 20 members from the Masters of Wine Institute arrive for their visit to Greece (Konstantinos Lazarakis MW and I will be guiding them). The trip is organized by Enterprise Greece(Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company). The program extends from the 28th of September to the 4th of October and includes trips to Athens, Crete, and Santorini.

Read more https://www.karakasis.mw/masters-wine-greece-final-countdown