Greek wine is not only resistant during the crisis but managed to grow despite adverse economic conditions prevailing in the country and the imposition of “unfair and counter-development” taxes, Stelios Boutaris, president of the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard (ENOABE) said.
Speaking to reporters, Boutaris noted: “I dare to say that the crisis has done good to the Greek wine, despite problems and an unfair and counter-development tax imposed…During the crisis, Greece was at the front page of news around the world and we see that in the last few years people abroad are searching for good Greek stories.
Greek wine is one of these good stories. The quality of Greek wine has risen sharply, at this point you don’t see any bad wines, you can find non interesting wines, but not bad”.
Particularly in the category of 10-20 euros per bottle, especially white wines, Greek wine producers have made huge steps and Greece can now compete any country in the world. Northern Greece is moving at the same direction, since the region grows a wide range of wine varieties.
“We are at an era when nice things happen and wine makers have become extrovert, travelling around, speaking about Greek wine from Tokyo to Australia and Canada, almost everywhere. It is very important that we all speak the same language abroad. I believe we are facing a great opportunity for Greek wineries and that we will see a lot of things in the future,” Boutaris said.
Presenting the goals of ENOABE, Boutaris said it had five goals: financial strength and independence, promoting wine tourism, promoting and protecting wines, education and creating a “Wine House” in Thessaloniki.