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Greece is a generous wine country. It’s much more than just the sunshine and soil that make it ideal for grapes though. It’s the variety of microclimates, and diverse regions that provide the ideal growing conditions for specific grapes of individual character. Greece has vineyards cooled by the sea air, vineyards at high altitudes, vineyards whole vines are nourished in volcanic soil. Greece has also something else that makes it a fascinating destination for the oenophile – many indigenous grape varieties. These express their regions with unique character. In some cases, they even connect us with the past. Here are some interesting Greek red wine grapes to add to your wine vocabulary, and your cabinet. Agiorgitiko In the name of this grape, we see the name “Saint George” (“Agios” – saint). This name likely came originally from a chapel in the heartland of the Agiorgitiko grape – Nemea, in the…