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Greece is a fantastic destination for oenophiles. Although Greece’s generous soil is excellent for many international grape varieties, one of the most delightful things about Greek wines is the great variety of indigenous Greek grapes to explore. Moreover, many of these grape varieties are ancient, providing a rare opportunity to sip Greece’s fascinating and delicious past. Here are some Greek white wine varieties you may enjoy getting to know. Greek White Wine Varieties Aidani Aspro Aspro means “white,” and although the Aidani grape is often white, there is also an Aidani Mavro (black) that is also vinted. Aidani is a low sugar grape that contributes nuanced floral notes to many blends. This grape grows well in the Greek islands, particularly Santorini, and Rhodes. In Santorini, it’s often blended with Assyrtiko, and is one of the grapes that is used in the production of the PDO Santorini dessert wine, Vinsanto. Assyrtiko…

Voula is the next area you’ll find in the Athenian Riviera. Although it is mainly a residential area, it is one of the high profile areas to live in, featuring large houses usually taking advantage of the coast space layout. Here you will find organized places with access to the beach, by paying a small entrance fee you are able to experience the Greek summer in Athens to the fullest! These places are buzzing during the summer and offer sun-beds and umbrellas for rent as well as access to all local amenities. Voula is also very well connected with local transport services. Kavouri is just alongside Voula as the next area on the coast line. Similar to Voula, it is mainly residential, but provides the guest with scenery of rocky crevices with interspersed sandy stretches which adds a wilder tone to the landscape. The places to go out here are mostly family-owned, quaint,…

Nestled in the heart of Vourgareli, surrounded by a lush pine trees forest and glorious mountain peaks, the Rouista Tzoumerka Resort in Arta is a spectacular retreat. A deep respect for the environment is evident from the modern yet organic design, where guests are invited to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Hotel Overview The architectural design of  the resort signifies local architectural identity which is highlighted with the use of stone in the exterior design of the buildings that graciously blends in with the surrounding environment, complimented by beautiful wooden floors, and earthy colors with accents of yellow, blue and red. Accommodation ranges from double rooms to deluxe king double as well as family style rooms and the Master Suite.  During our trip we stayed at the beautifully appointed Master Suite which offers 50m2 of space. The open-plan suite features a comfortable sitting corner, fireplace, dining area and work desk —…

Crete is a country onto its own, its diverse landscape, spectacular scenery, delicious cuisine and authentic hospitality, make it one of the most attractive destinations in Greece. Although Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion are the most popular regions of Crete, the lesser known Lasithi in Eastern Crete — deserves a lot of praise. Its less traveled roads, wild and rugged landscape, impressive historical monuments and postcard worthy beaches — make it even more alluring to those who wish to explore this off-the-beaten path destination. We spent four days zigzagging across its mountainous roads, reaching the very end in Kato Zakros, where we could truly spend more days, enjoying the remote surroundings and soothing energy. Anyone who is planning a trip to Crete, you must consider to at least allocate one week to your Crete itinerary, but of course if time allows it opt for 14 days, you will not regret it. I am a huge…

The picturesque mountain village of Metsovo is one of Epirus’ best kept secrets. Offering bountiful experiences to its visitors, this all year round destination is often called the Switzerland of Greece. From spectacular natural beauty, to authentic traditional character, ski-slopes and wine culture, Metsovo and its inhabitants will charm you with its tasteful charm. Here are our reasons to visit Metsovo, Greece. 7 reasons to visit Metsovo in Greece Wonderful Museums The divinely preserved traditional character of Metsovo must be attributed to the wonderful locals who have a great passion for their age-old history. In the heart of Metsovo there are two spectacular museums, the Averoff Museum of Neohellenic Art and the Folk Art Museum. Both museums have been established by a prominent figure in the history and development of Metsovo, Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza who was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1956 to 1963. A man of great wisdom and intellect he…

Santorini has wines with as much character as the island itself. This is one of the most beautiful geological wonders of the earth. The volcano responsible for its extraordinary terrain has also given the island its unique soil. The vines of Santorini grow in an unusually porous, dry, and mineral rich earth. This gives the wines a unique character: when we speak of terroir, the wines of Santorini have quite a story to tell. Santorini Wineries You Must Visit Not every grape thrives in such unusual conditions, and this is also part of the magic of Santorini’s wines – the grapes themselves. Santorini has several indigenous grape varieties. In white grape varieties, there are the Aidani, Athiri, and Assyrtiko. In reds, there is the Mavrotragano and the Mandalieria. But if someone knows just one Santorini grape, it’s bound to be the Assyrtiko – the most popular. This grape produces a…

The boutique event planning company Kallina Wedding & Event Designers set on the gorgeous island of Naxos was started by two lovely sisters Kalliopi and Katerina. Combining their passion for creativity, style, entrepreneurship and love for their island Naxos, led them to start a wedding planning business. I’ve met both sisters by chance a few years back at a Greek tourism exhibition, and since day one we’ve kept in touch and I always enjoying seeing their beautiful wedding pictures on social media. For those who are considering a Greek wedding, Naxos is a truly special place. How did you start your Wedding Business on Naxos? Well, we started in February 2014 when we held our Cocktail Launch Party for Kallina Weddings & Events, on the island of Naxos where we live all year round. We come from a business oriented family with a Greek Canadian heritage, so it was like…

Matt and I met at university just outside London in 2005. I was studying Media Arts and he was completing a degree in Geology. We met on our first training day at the Student Union bar, and although we worked at the same place, we rarely had any shifts together. It was only after about a year of admiring him from afar that a mutual friend finally brought us together – quite literally! She knew I had a small crush on him, so one night at the Student Union Club – I think it was 80s night – she literally pushed me into him. He got beer all over his t-shirt and my face went bright red. We exchanged numbers, he said he’d cook for me (moussaka!), and the rest is wonderful history… While he finished his degree – which turned into a PhD – I lived and worked in London…