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Mercouri Winery

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The very first winery I ever visited which really gave my love of wine an incredible shot in the arm, was the Mercouri Estate Winery, in Peloponnese Greece.   What surprised me the most, is the wines that I tried had more character than I have ever really had from buying retail in the United States.   The wines were certainly eye opening, and the estate pituresque.

The wine I liked the most from their winery was their Foloi Fume.   Their Foloi wine, comes in two types, and is known for a distinctive charcoal sketch with a green background, although the picture on the label is interesting enough.  The sketch is of Hercules fighting a Centar, and lets just say the unclothed Hercules is a bit excited by the battle.  But as for the wine, it comes as Foloi, and Foloi Fume, in my understanding the basic mixture of grapes is rather similar between the two, the largest difference being that Fume spends some time in Oak Barrels to pick up a bit of extra character and giving it a slightly drier profile.

I am honestly surprised that Greek wines are not more widely available, considering many locations in Greece seem to have a thriving wine culture, the island of Santorini being one of them.  Granted I do not think there are many very very large wineries in Greece, which might be the reason why most of their wines seem to be aimed at local consumption rather than world wide distribution.


Written by winetoremember

June 2, 2011 at 2:07 am

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