Greece Wins 3 Spots on 2022 World’s Best Vineyards List
The Greek wine industry won 3 spots on the World’s Best Vineyards 2022 list, solidifying Greece’s international recognition as a wine tourism destination.
Drawn up annually by William Reed, a 160-year-old UK publishing company, the list aims to reflect the diversity of the international wine landscape and provide a snapshot of the best destinations for unique wine tourism experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global wine tourism trends.
“The World’s Best Vineyards highlights wine tourism destinations around the globe and now that travel is back on the cards, this year’s list is more important than ever for raising profiles with tourists and those looking for authentic and unique trips,” said Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, said in an announcement.
The three Greek vineyards that were recognized in the top 100 list are: Estate Argyros on the island of Santorini at number 40; Ktima Gerovassiliou in Epanomi, Northern Greece at number 58; and Domaine Sigalas also on Santorini at number 89. It should be noted that Greece is a first-time entrant on the World’s Best Vineyards list.
Estate Argyros was established in 1903 by the Argyros family who has a tradition of wine making that dates to the 19th century.
Its current vineyards are a four-generations-long investment in Santorini. Its average vine age exceeds 70 years, while the oldest parcels of the estate are more than two centuries old.
Earlier this year, it won 7 medals at the 20th Decanter World Wine Awards which are considered the world’s largest and most influential wine competition.
Ktima Gerovassiliou was created by Vangelis Gerovassiliou. In 1981, he started reviving the family vineyard in the area of Epanomi, located near the city of Thessaloniki.
The establishment researches and experiments with Greek and foreign grape varieties and uses new technological advances throughout its vine growing and vinification processes.
Its wine museum combined with activities like wine tasting, seminars, educational programs and theater and music performances further contributes to the enrichment and development of wine culture in the area.
Created by pioneer winemaker Paris Sigalas in Santorini, the vineyard boasts a sustainable cultivation process while the winery’s annual wine production reaches 200,000 bottles.
Paris Sigalas applied mathematics and other innovative ideas to oenology and viticulture with his company’s launch vintage wine being the first Greek wine to be labelled Protected Designation of Origin.
Domaine Sigalas wines and spirits have won more than 70 awards in the last 10 years, in Greece, the Balkans and across the globe.
The Antinori nel Chianti Classico in Tuscany, Italy won 1st place in the World’s Best Vineyards list. The Antinori Family has been making wine since 1385.
The World’s Best Vineyards 2022 list were announced at a recent ceremony in Mendoza, Argentina. The list is compiled from wine and travel experts from the world’s geographical regions.