Greek wines well worth a try

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2010 Santorini
Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2010 Santorini
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When it comes to wine, Greece tends to be known for Retsina, flavoured with pine resin and virtually unpalatable.

But the country has a wine history that can be traced back at least to the 2nd century BC and when it comes to indigenous grape varieties, it probably rivals Italy in its range.

Today there are a large number of good quality wineries, from the islands to the cooler mountainous region in the north.

Waitrose currently has a European Wine Showcase which includes some Greek wines well worth seeking out. Tsantali Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Halkidiki (Waitrose £8.99 on offer £7.19) is something a little different – an organic Greek red. But it works. There’s blackcurrant, a little spice and herbs with a relatively rich mouth feel.

Top tipple

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2010 Santorini, Greece

Made from three indigenous grapes. Spicy, dry white with a little weight and enough acidity to balance.

Waitrose, £10.99 on offer at £8.24 until May 8