By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News

New Wines of Greece are returning to Australia this month for a trip full of masterclasses, wine tasting and consumer events to showcase the best wine varietals of Greece.

Yannis Voyatzis, president of New Wines of Greece has announced the topics of the Greek wine masterclasses, which he says will help to develop a more detailed picture of Greek wine across its many regions and varietals.

“We wanted to continue the story from 2015 and also ensure that anyone new to Greek wine this year would find it just as educational,” he said.

The masterclasses will run concurrently with trade tastings in Sydney (20 June) and Melbourne (23 June). Further to this, New Wines of Greece is offering the opportunity for private masterclasses with Karakasis and Grigoris Michailos for hospitality, hotel and restaurant groups interested in hosting a session at their venue.

The topics include:

A Wine Odyssey: Greece from North to South Part One

This masterclass will introduce you to the key wine regions and grape varieties of Greece. From North to South and from East to West, this one-hour session will highlight the diverse terroirs, styles, authenticity and uniqueness of modern Greek wine.

A Wine Odyssey: Greece from North to South Part Two

A perfect pair with North to South Part 1 and a worthwhile session on its own, this masterclass will continue to explore key wine regions and grape varieties of Greece. 

For the love of Assyrtiko: from Santorini all over the world

When was the last time you fell in love with a grape variety? From the mineral-driven dry wines of Santorini to the noble sun-dried, luscious sweet Vinsanto wines, the expressive versions from mainland Greece and the promising Australian new entry, Assyrtiko, can easily blow your mind. Be prepared for a full-throttle masterclass!

The Rising Stars: Εmerging Greek varieties

With more than 300 indigenous grape varieties, Greece can offer excitement to all those eager to explore something new and different. This masterclass will unlock all the rising stars of Greek wine and focus on their potential success in the sophisticated Australian market. 

The New Wines of Greece 2016 tour will feature 21 wineries representing the wider Greek winemaking industry. Trade and industry members should mark the dates in their calendar and expect an invitation in the coming weeks.


When: Monday, 20 June

Where: Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney

Details: Trade tasting and masterclasses          


When: Thursday, 23 June

Where: The Westin Hotel, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne

Details: Trade tasting and masterclasses

For more information on New Wines of Greece visit

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