Wine & Spirits

Oenorama 2017 Wine Exhibition Begins in Athens this Weekend

March 10, 2017

ATHENS – Oenorama 2017, the world’s largest exhibition of Greek wines, opens its doors in Athens this weekend for three days of wine-tasting pleasure. The exhibition is taking place at the Zappion Building near the city centre, with more than 250 Greek and foreign wineries taking part, starting on Saturday and running until Monday, March 13.

Talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Oenorama’s organiser Dinos Stergidis said the first Oenorama in 1994 was dominated by the four or five big private companies in the sector and some cooperative wineries.

“Today the large firms are framed by dozens of smaller ones (mostly vineyard-winery concerns, the so-called estates), while they have also adapted the range of products they offer to the current reality. They have invested in more and smaller-scale commercial brands, rather than the ‘mega-brands’ that dominated the market in the early 1990s. As regards the winery cooperatives, these have unfortunately collapsed barring a very few exceptions,” Stergidis said.

He noted that a lot had changed in the interim, in connection with both the image of Greek wine and in the attitudes of consumers and their demands.

“Today most visitors to the exhibition taste without swallowing – in the same way as professionals – while there are many that make notes about the wines they taste! Greek wine has changed, it has had a renaissance, and with it the consumer public, which has become more sophisticated and demanding. It is an exceptional combination of supply and demand that generates great promise for the future of Greek wine,” Stergidis said.

This year’s exhibition builds on the gains made by its predecessors, with continuous improvements, and what it offers will reflect the “phase of maturity” that Greek wine is now entering, he added.
Stergidis pointed out that the country’s better-known wineries were now established in all the mature foreign markets and were now trying to break into new markets, such as the Far East, Eastern Europe and even Latin America and Australia.

“For this reason, the visit this year of buyers from Japan and Korea through an initiative organised by Enterprise Greece is very important, since it covers precisely this need,” he added. At the same time, many importers of Greek wine were looking to expand their portfolio with the addition of more specialised products, such as lesser-known grape varieties or wineries with very small production.
“We cover this need, to differentiate themselves from the competition, at Oenorama through the “Wine Revelations” room where the wines that many foreign buyers call the ‘top obscure wines’ are presented,” Stergidis said.


BALTIMORE, MD – Wine Cellar Stories Productions announced the release of ‘In the Wine Dark Sea,’ the exciting new wine documentary by Chrisa Giorgi, featuring Master of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis and 11 winemakers from Crete, Greece.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Mission…To Tunisia Part 2 – A TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis (Video)

The coveted exotic beauty of Tunisia is revealed by the 2nd episode of our Mission…To Tunisia – A TNH Documentary.

AL WAKRAH — Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three penalty kicks in his team's 3-1 win over Japan in a shootout at the World Cup on Monday, securing a return to the quarterfinals for the runner-up in the 2018 tournament.

NICE — French writer Dominique Lapierre, who was celebrated for his novels about the World War II struggle to liberate Paris and depicting a life of hardship in a Kolkata slum, has died.

MOMBASA — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday.

TRIPOLIS - Over 200 projects are included in the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Region of the Peloponnese for 2030, totalling 5.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.