An ode to greece

Decanter - - LETTERS -

hoW De­light­ful to come across sev­eral pages de­voted to the won­der­ful as­syr­tiko grape in your au­gust is­sue. i have long felt that this grape is com­pletely un­der the radar and the greek wine in­dus­try should be do­ing more to cham­pion this grape in the way that spain has done with al­bar­iño and new Zealand has done with sauvi­gnon Blanc. it was only on a re­cent visit to san­torini that i re­alised the po­ten­tial that as­syr­tiko has to be very suc­cess­ful in the uK mar­ket.

i have al­ways been stag­gered, given its long wine­mak­ing her­itage, that greece does not play a more prom­i­nent role on the world wine stage. how­ever, af­ter speak­ing to sev­eral young peo­ple (sev­eral of whom own small vine­yards), i could see why. there is a real re­luc­tance to start new busi­nesses, as they feel they are held back by bu­reau­cracy and ex­ces­sive tax­a­tion.

surely the greek gov­ern­ment should be en­cour­ag­ing small pro­duc­ers to show­case their ex­cit­ing na­tive grapes, es­pe­cially in an age where a brand aware­ness can be de­vel­oped quickly via so­cial me­dia. i for one am now wax­ing lyri­cal to all my friends about as­syr­tiko and the joys of greek wine, and will con­tinue to do so! Ben­jamin Lewis, Green­wich, Lon­don

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