Most visitors to Athens, one of the world’s top travel destinations, might not initially think of it as a place for a wine adventure. After all Athens is typically a place where visitors come to explore archaeological ruins. Whether you are newbie to Greek wines, or already a seasoned Greek #winelover, Athens is perfect for wine explorations. This article suggests places in and around Athens that you should put on your list.
Day 1: Scala Vinoteca
On the first evening of our #winelover 4th anniversary celebrations in Athens we met for a BYOB Celebration Dinner at Scala Vinoteca Restaurant. This wine bar/restaurant is a must. It is where the wine bar movement began in Athens. The evening we visited the wines and the food were delightful.
Day 2: Walking Tour, Meze Lunch, Wine & Cheese Tasting and Dinner
Our day began with a walking tour of Athens. Next, we enjoyed a typical Greek meze lunch at a popular local meze tavern, “To Kafeneio”. It was a fabulous lunch with wines. After lunch we did a wine and cheese tasting at the Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro. Later we returned for dinner, which featured wines from various Greek wine regions.
Day 3: Mycenae Archaeological Site and Domaine Skouras, Peloponnese
Next morning we were off to Mycenae archaeological site, 90 km. southeast of Athens in Peloponnese. Then it was onto Domaine Skouras. George Skouras, owner/winemaker greeted us and introduced us to the Nemea region grape varieties, such as Moscofilero (white) and Agrigitiko (red) grape varieties. After a delightful wine tasting, we had a very tasty lunch with local Greek food.
A free evening was a great time to checkout local wine bars. Athens is home to many wine bars. Two additional wine bars that we visited while in Athens were Cinque and Fabrica de Vino.
Day 4: Wine Museum, Wine Tasting and Gala Dinner
Our morning adventure took us to the Museum of Wine in Pallini, outside Athens. After greetings were exchanged we took a brief tour of the museum. Next, we tasted wines with producers who are members of the Wines of Athens Association, followed by a tasty lunch. Lunch was another great opportunity to checkout more wines produced by the Vineyards of Attica.
All too soon our #winelover stay in Athens was complete and we were off to a farewell dinner at Aleria Restaurant. If you are looking for fine dining with modern Greek cuisine and great wines this is the place.
The wine places we visited, with a little culture thrown into the mix, provided amazing opportunities to explore Greek Wines. Yes, you too can discover that special #winelover magic in Greece. Sure, while you are in Athens checkout the ruins but also while you are doing so, do not forget to also make it a vinous adventure. You can also check out my travels in Greece at Spaswinefood, or visit my travel column at the Examiner.
© Sharon Parsons
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