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 did you know that the first Appellation was introduced
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THE GREEK WINE LAW

...already in the ancient times Greeks implemented laws, rules and categories to protect and define wines. Athinaeus (I 32) indicates the categories of wines in ancient times. Later on in 1816 French writer and oenologist Jullien after studying Dipnosophists introduced in France as well.

170–ca. 230 A.D.
Athenaeus

glikos oenos apalos oenos xiros oenos

1816
Andre Jullien in Topographie de tous les vignobles connus

de liqueur moelleux vin sec

Today and since 1981 Greece adopted and or customized its wine legislation according to the European rules. Following categories were implemented which reflect also into the label.

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O.P.A.P. or O.P.E.
ONOMASIA PROELFSIS ANOTERAS PIOTITAS / APELLATION OF ORIGIN OF HIGH QUALITY.
Wines gained from areas proven to produce high quality wines.

Vine cultivation as well as wine production must take place in the designated area.


Special categories with-in the OPAP category:
Reserve White: 2 year aging (minimum: 6 months in barrel, 6 months in bottle)
Reserve Red: 3 year aging (minimum: 6 months in barrel, 6 months in bottle)
Grand Reserve White: 3 year aging (minimum: 12 months in barrel, 12 months in bottle)
Grand Reserve Red: 4 year aging (minimum: 2 years in barrel, 2 years in bottle)
The Label on such wines must indicate the following:

Must print on the label:

  • The name of the region from where it comes from
  • The indication O.P.A.P. or O.P.E.
  • The name and location of the bottler
  • The alcoholic title
  • The bottle’s volume

 

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TOPIKOS OINOS (Vin de Pays)
Wines produced from Ktima (Estate), Monastiri (Monastery), Archondiko (Chateau), Villa.
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ine cultivation as well as wine production must take place in the designated area.

Must print on the label:

  • The indication "Topikos" (this suggests a certain grape variety)
  • The name of the producer or company
  • The bottling location
  • The serial number which contains the first two letters of the region

 

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B.EPITRAPEZIOS OINOS (Vin de Table)
Wines produced from grapes without limitations. Mixing is allowed
Other categories with-in the Epitrapezios category:
Cava White: 2 year aging (minimum: 6 months in barrel, 6 months in bottle)
Cava Red: 3 year aging (minimum: 6 months in new oak barrels or 1 year in old oak barrels, 2 years in bottle)

          Must print on the label:

  • The indication Epitrapezios Oenos

  • The bottler’s name and address

  • The alcoholic title

  • The bottle’s volume

  • No vintage allowed

 

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