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What’s new on Mykonos for 2021

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From an impressive airport overhaul to bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and villas, there are lots of new things for visitors to discover on Mykonos this summer. Here’s a sneak peak at some. 

The new terminal at Mykonos International Airport

A 4-year, €25 million project to expand and improve Mykonos International Airport (JMK) was completed recently, just in time for the 2021 tourist season.  The terminal building has been completely overhauled and enlarged, and will impress with its striking modern look based on traditional Cycladic island design elements. The terminal now boasts a larger arrivals area, more departure gates, a new baggage handling system, plus new shops, restaurants, washrooms and VIP lounges. Upgrades also were made to the runway, ramps, parking, and terminal curbfront.  The terminal entrance is shown in this photo from airport operator Fraport Greece.

 

Noteworthy newcomers:  Spring has sprung, and pandemic-weary people around the world are wondering whether they will get a summer vacation this year. Millions are hoping to holiday in Greece, and many have set Mykonos in their sights. As the most exuberant, exciting and hedonistic island in Greece,  it’s quite possibly the ideal holiday destination for anyone looking to let loose and experience unbridled joy, freedom and self-indulgence — something most of us have only been able to dream about during the lockdowns and quarantines that have kept us cooped up at home for much of the past 12 months.

It’s no wonder Mykonos maintains such immense appeal for people desperate to escape the mind-numbing tedium and disruption of the Covid-19 crisis. While the island’s wind-whipped natural landscapes are barren, arid and austere, they provide the perfect backdrop for the bliss and pleasure-focussed activities and attractions that have made Mykonos one of the most desirable summer holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.

Crisp white sugar-cube houses, hotels and villas gleam in the sunshine on rugged, rocky hills. Sparkling turquoise seas splash against craggy coastlines ringed with secluded coves, scenic bays and crescent-shaped sandy beaches.  A magical atmosphere pervades in Mykonos Town, where glamorous fashion boutiques, exquisite art galleries, stylish cocktail bars, elegant restaurants, budget-friendly fast food joints and delightful dessert shops sit nestled inside a mesmerizing maze of cobbled lanes and bougainvillea-draped courtyards. Of course, there’s also the allure of the dynamic dance bars,  bustling beach clubs and the electrifying late-night party places that have made Mykonos legendary for robust dusk-to-dawn revelry and unabashed adult entertainment. The island’s long-established reputation as a summer playground for the world’s beautiful, rich and famous only adds to its cachet as a great place to get away from the everyday grind back home.  

 

Soleila and Etherium Mykonos Villas at Kalafatis

Vacation rental villas are in high demand on Mykonos. This photo shows Soleila (left) and Ethereal, new “twin” villas on a sun-soaked hillside at Kalafatis.

 

Kalesma Hotel on Mykonos

This image shows the Kalesma luxury hotel in the Aleomandra area of Mykonos. Several leading travel and lifestyle publications have ranked Kalesma among the world’s top new hotels for 2021.

 

Beaches, food, drink and fun are among the top features that draw crowds to Mykonos.  Paradise, Super Paradise, Platis Gialos, Psarou and Paraga are among the island’s most iconic beaches, but dozens more — from hidden coves to quiet, pristine shorelines and busy golden-sand strips fully organized with bars, restaurants and water sports amenities — mean there’s a sensational seaside to suit any traveller’s lifestyle, needs and preferences . First-time and repeat visitors also come to dine at the superb restaurants and dance at the notorious party venues they have been hearing about for years. Paradise Beach Club, Tropicana, Cavo Paradiso, Skandinavian Bar, Astra, Caprice, Nammos, Remezzo, Katrin, Kastro and Kiki’s are perenially-popular tourist hangouts, but visitors also throng to newer hotspots that regularly feature in their Instagram and Facebook photo feeds,  including Scorpios, Alemagou, Principote, 180 Sunset Bar, JackieO’ Beach Club, Lohan Beach House, Buddha-Bar Beach, M-eating, and more.

The logo for Joker Mykonos

Bordello Mykonos Italian dinner show

Lio Mykonos promotional image for its summer 2021 opening on Mykonos

Mykonos Social restaurant by Jason Atheron

Five much-anticipated additions to the Mykonos dining and nightlife scenes in 2021 are the Joker Mykonos dinner and party events; the Italian Dinner Show restaurant  Bordello , the live cabaret restaurant and club Lio, Nōema restaurant, and the Jason Atherton restaurant Mykonos Social.  

 

Ensuring that Mykonos remains vibrant and enticing is the bevy of brand-new tourist-oriented enterprises and attractions that debut on the island every year. A building boom that began in the mid-2010s has added thousands of  hotel and villa beds to the island’s accommodation capacity for overnight guests, and is still going strong with dozens more  villas, hotels and  rental homes currently under construction and in early stages of development. This has led to corresponding growth in travel-related hospitality and service businesses — retail shops; drinking and dining establishments; personal health, beauty & spa services; transportation and tour providers; and so on. Each new tourist season brings even more things to do and places to discover — an impressive feat for a small island that already boasts an incredibly wide range of options for rest, relaxation and entertainment. 

That trend continues in 2021, despite the tremendous upheaval and uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted on the international travel industry. Mykonos is set to welcome dozens of new establishments whose owners and management expect a good summer for the island’s tourism industry, and see an even brighter future for holiday travel in the forecast.

 

Bill & Coo Mykonos villas

Aerial view of Noima Mykonos Luxury Suites Hotel

Aeonic Suites & Spa luxury hotel on Mykonos

Agrari Black Villas on Mykonos

Among the fabulous accommodations opening on  Mykonos this summer are the Destino Pacha hotel at Agios Stefanos (top), new 1-bedroom villas at Bill & Coo Hotel in Mykonos Town; Noima Mykonos Luxury Suites at Agios Ioannis;  Aeonic Suites & Spa near Korfos beach; and Agrari Black Villas near Agrari beach.

 

Food, drink and entertainment newcomers set to make waves on Mykonos this year include live dinner show clubs, elegant restaurants and cocktail bars, cafes and bakeries, and specialty food shops. You can see some of them in our post Hot new places on Mykonos in 2021

This summer’s new accommodations range from studio apartments to luxury hotels, lavishly-appointed suites, and spacious private villas. You can see them in our post New hotels, suites & villas on Mykonos.

 

Mykonos: Yours for life is a scenic 1-minute video that will instantly put you in a Mykonos frame of mind.  It’s from a joint travel promotion campaign by Marketing Greece and the Municipality of Mykonos.

 

*Photo credit notes: The images, photos and videos included in this post were sourced from websites and/or social media posts published by the respective businesses.

 

Hot new places to drink, dine, party, play, relax & shop on Mykonos in 2021

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Food and drink items from businesses new to Mykonos in 2021

Clockwise from top left: Chicken flower pocket pies from Toro D’Oro Karelas Finest Meat; a Jason Atherton signature dish at Mykonos Social restaurant; cookies from Cookie Smart Bakery; the signature house tequila at Frankie Oh Mexican restaurant; a dish from Lio Mykonos; a cocktail from Nōema

 

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From lockdown to new openings:  After a long winter of Covid-19-related lockdowns, Mykonos is springing back to life. Tourist-related businesses across the island have been busy hiring staff, cleaning, painting, renovating and stocking up on supplies as they prepare for the official launch of Greece’s summer travel season in May. 

As in past years, visitors will find most of their favourite bars, restaurants, clubs and shops open once again this summer, joined by a variety of brand-new places to check out, including casual coffee shops and cafe-bars, chic cocktail lounges, elegant fine-dining restaurants, dynamic live entertainment nightspots, food shops, and spas.

The big new trend this year is  dinner show clubs — restaurant-bar venues that offer fine dining accompanied by on-stage music and dance performances and DJs spinning tunes for late-night dancing and partying, all under one roof.  Mykonos will welcome Lio cabaret restaurant, a sister to the popular Lio club in Ibiza, as well as the Italian Dinner Show restaurant, Bordello. Meanwhile, Joker will present a unique twist on the concept of  dinner with live entertainment and DJs — it will host its events for a limited number of VIP guests at a secret location.

Visitors staying in villas or rental homes and apartments will find some new specialty retail shops to purchase food for dinner or barbecue parties they may be throwing on any nights they’re not venturing out to restaurants.  Italian food fans will find freshly-prepared noodles ready to take home from at least two retailers, while meat lovers will be tempted by the appetite-whetting array of beef, lamb, pork and poultry products, tomahawk steaks, and selection of ready-for-the-oven dishes, at Toro D’oro Karelas Finest Meat.

 

Dinner, show & party venues

 

Billed as “the world’s most glamorous cabaret,” the Lío club in Ibiza is not only celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, it’s also bringing its “electric interactive entertainment, Mediterranean cuisine and late night lounging” to Mykonos. The Lío Mykonos club will be located at 6 Enoplon Dinameon Street in the Tria Pigadia area of Mykonos Town — just steps from Astra and Bonbonniere nightclubs.  Doors will open at 8.30 p.m. and guests will choose from 4 dining experiences and “bespoke luxuries” while being dazzled by the sensational cabaret show La Fête Sauvage. At 12:30 a.m. the entertainment spectacle smoothly transitions into La Fête, “a dynamic lounge musical experience where the DJ takes center stage, performers interact with the crowd, and the guest becomes the protagonist.”

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Promotional images for the new Bordello restaurant on Mykonos

The images shown above were shared on social media as a “coming soon” promotional campaign for Bordello, the Italian Dinner Show restaurant that will make its debut in Mykonos this summer. Location and opening date details have yet to be released, but we will update this post once further information is available.

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Promotional Instagram post for Joker Mykonos

Anticipation is quickly building for Joker Mykonos — a series of exclusive dinner and party events that will be held on Monday nights during the summer at what organizers told us will be “a top secret location.”  Limited to only 200 people, the soirees will feature a private dinner, music by a famous Italian DJ, and live show entertainment throughout the evening.  Follow Joker on Instagram for updates and upcoming posts that will explain how to get your name on the guest list.

 

Please click on the link below to continue reading on page 2, where we preview more of the exciting new places to drink, dine, party and relax on Mykonos.

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Mykonos travel 2021: Opening dates for bars, beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels, & restaurants

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Keep an eye on this post to find out when your favourite Mykonos bars, beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels and restaurants will open for the 2021 tourist season. This listing will be updated regularly. Latest update: Friday May 7 includes rescheduled opening dates for Noema, 180 Sunset Bar and Scorpios.

 

Scenes from Tropicana Beach Club and other places on Mykonos are featured in this video by John Moschovakis, released May 7 to promote the club’s 2021 season opening on May 20

 

Doors open: Here’s a preview of opening dates for Mykonos venues, along with places that are busy preparing for the upcoming travel season.

Restaurants that have been open since winter and/or early spring for delivery and takeaway include:

♦ Amethystos

♦ Cantina at the Mykonos New Port

♦ Pikanti Gonia

♦ Oregano Cook & Grill

♦ Maizevelo

♦ Lovemeze

♦ Local BBQ & Souvlaki

♦ Obati

♦ Crepaland

♦ Blu Blu Lounge

♦ Pita Wrap & Pizza

♦ MJ Cafe

♦ El Burro

♦ Rustic Grill

♦ Souvlaki Story

♦ La Rosticceria

♦ Αυλή Μύκονος

♦ Souvlaki Mykonos – Cantina Street Food

♦ Central Cafe

♦ Raya

♦ Captain’s

♦ Yialos

♦ Kazarma

♦ Teo’s House

♦ N’ice Cream Mykonos

♦ Pelican

Most of the above-mentioned establishments will open their outdoor dining patios in May, pursuant to Greek government rules easing the Covid-19 lockdown and permitting restaurants to open for outdoor dining only starting on May 3.

 

MYK Boat Club is offering a “super early bird” ticket sale for its summer party cruises.  Check @mykboatclub on Facebook and Instagram for further information.

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos announcement re its 2021 season start date

Cavo Paradiso club circulated this announcement April 17 on its social media accounts 

 

Street view of Tokyo Joe Mykonos sushi bar

Friday April 9 was opening date for Tokyo Joe sushi bar — for food and beverage takeout and delivery. On May 3 it opened its patio for outdoor dining.

 

Aroma Cafe Bar in Mykonos

Aroma cafe-bar opened on Wednesday April 14

 

La Barran Bar in Mykonos

Starting on Saturday April 22, the new La Barran bar in Mykonos Town will be open to serve cocktails for take-away

 

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Apaggio seafood and Greek restaurant at Ornos opened May 3

 

Galleraki Bar on Mykonos

Galleraki Bar at the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town started its season on May 3

 

Outdoor patio at Friano Greek Tavern on Mykonos

Friano Greek Tavern opened for outdoor dining on May 3

 

2021 opening announcement for Nautilus restaurant on Mykonos

Nautilus restaurant returns on Monday May 3

 

Vegera restaurant Mykono

Vegera restaurant opens its doors on Monday May 3

 

Marias Mykonian Restaurant in Mykonos Town

Maria’s Traditional Mykonian Restaurant opens for its 46th season on Monday May 3

 

Tasos Taverna on Mykonos

Tasos Taverna  opens Monday May 3 for its 59th year of operations at Paraga beach

 

Facebook page photo of Liberty Breakfast Room on Mykonos

Liberty Breakfast Room is back on Monday May 3

 

Appaloosa Restaurant & Bar Mykonos

On Monday May 3, Appaloosa Restaurant & Bar opened for outdoor dining

 

The patio at Limnios Taverna on Mykonos

On May 4, Limnios Taverna at Agios Stefanos announced that it has opened for outdoor dining

 

Semeli Hotel Mykonos 2021 season start date

Semeli Hotel in Mykonos Town opens its doors on Wednesday May 5

 

Thioni Restaurant Mykonos season start date for 2021

Thioni Restaurant in Mykonos Town returns on Wednesday May 5

 

Wine Room Mykonos

The wine, champagne and spirits shop Wine Room Mykonos opened on May 5

 

Koutala taverna on Mykonos

Koutala Greek restaurant launched its season on May 5

 

Mykonos Horseland group horse riding tour

Mykonos Horseland announced on May 5 that it’s now open for another season of horse riding tours on the island

 

Aerial view of The Wild Hotel on Mykonos

The Wild Hotel at Agia Anna/Kalafatis opens on May 8

 

Katrin restaurant in Mykonos

Saturday May 8 is opening day for Katrin (La Maison de Katrin), an icon of haute cuisine in Mykonos since 1971 — and one of the island’s most-photographed locations on Instagram

 

Lefteris Grillhouse Mykonos

Sunday May 9 is opening day for Lefteris Grillhouse at Ornos

 

Ikies of Mykonos hotel pool

Ikies of Mykonos hotel welcomes guests starting Monday May 10

 

Street view of Platis Bakery at Platis Gialos Mykonos

Monday May 10 is opening day for Platis Bakery at the Argo Hotel at Platis Gialos

 

Bill & Coo Hotels Mykonos

The two Bill & Coo 5-star hotels on Mykonos — the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge in Mykonos Town, and Bill & Coo Coast Suites at Agios Ioannis beach — will open on Monday May 3

 

Opening announcement for 180 Sunset Bar on Mykonos

180 Sunset Bar is not only the top sunset-viewing cocktail lounge on Mykonos, it’s also one of the most Instagramable places on the entire island.  Originally set to open on May 8, it has re-scheduled its season launch to Thursday May 13.

 

Branco Mykonos hotel and resort

Branco Mykonos resort, the beachfront hotel and restaurant at Platis Gialos, opens on May 12

 

Alemagou Mykonos opening announcement for 2021

Friday May 14 is opening day for Alemagou beach club

 

 

Season opening announcement for Mykonos VIOMA Organic Farm & Vineyard in Mykonos

Mykonos VIOMA Organic Farm & Vineyard reopens on May 15

 

2021 opening announcement for DK Oyster restaurant on Mykonos

May 15 is opening day for the infamous DK Oyster restaurant and bar at Platis Gialos beach. The place made international headlines in the spring of 2019 after an American tourist wrote an online review complaining about  “rip off” prices charged for a lunch he had with friends.  (The article Calamari made of gold on Keep Talking Greece was one of dozens that reported on the incident.) His was just one of hundreds of scathing reviews posted on TripAdvisor, where customers regularly complain about what they feel are misleading business practices.  

 

Pinky Beach club at Agia Anna Paraga on Mykonos

Pinky Beach, seen in an aerial photo from its website, has planned a Sunday May 16 re-opening for its restaurant, bar and sunbeds at Agia Anna/Paraga beach

 

Tropicana Mykonos opening announcement for 2021

Tropicana beach club will open its doors on Thursday May 20 

 

Buddha Bar Beach restaurant Mykonos

Thursday May 20 is opening day for the Buddha-Bar Beach  restaurant and cocktail bar at the Santa Marina Resort at Ornos

 

Inside  54 Cocktail Bar and Sunset Lounge on Mykonos

54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge will open on Friday May 21

 

Revised opening date announcement for Noema restaurant on Mykonos

 Nōema restaurant (which is profiled in our recent post What’s New on Mykonos for 2021) has pushed back its opening  by one week — to Friday May 21

 

Aerial view of Koukoumi Hotel on Mykonos

On Friday May 21, Koukoumi Hotel opens for its second season. Koukoumi made headlines last year as the first vegan hotel to open in Greece

 

2021 opening date for Scorpios beach club Mykonos

Kaz James and Jean Claude Ades will host the season opening event at Scorpios beach club on Sunday May 23. The opening originally was scheduled for May 16 but the club announced May 5 that it was pushing that date back by a week.

 

Mykonos Soul Luxury Suites

Mykonos Soul Suites at Agios Stefanos opens on Tuesday May 25

 

COYA Mykonos courtyard

It was the most popular and talked-about restaurant on Mykonos last year, and COYA will return for a second highly-anticipated season on May 26

 

 

Interior of Zuma restaurant on Mykonos

The contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant Zuma returns to Mykonos this summer with its second consecutive seasonal pop-up at the 5-star Cavo Tagoo Hotel in Mykonos Town. Opening day is set for Friday May 28.

 

Destino Pacha Mykonos 2021 grand opening

The 5-star Destino Pacha Mykonos luxury hotel is scheduled to open Tuesday June 1 on a clifftop overlooking Agios Stefanos beach (in the premises previously operated as Oniro Mykonos — A  Shanti Collection Resort).  Like its “sister” hotel in Ibiza, the Destino Pacha Mykonos promises “the ultimate adult playground where life is celebrated from sunrise to sunset and beyond.”

 

Season opening announcement by Votsalaki Boutique Resort on Mykonos

Votsalaki Boutique Resort at Paradise Beach will open on June 11

 

Mykonos Social restaurant by Jason Atheron

Wednesday June 16 is the anticipated opening date for Mykonos Social, the newest project of Michelin-starred restaurateur Jason Atherton. Situated in the Santa Marina Mykonos luxury resort at Ornos, Mykonos Social will offer a Mediterranean and Greek cuisine menu created by Atherton and overseen by executive chef Kostas Papathanasiou. 

 

 

Venues gearing up for summer

 

Lio cabaret restaurant on Mykonos coming soon announcement

The brand-new Lio Mykonos cabaret restaurant and nightclub expects to provide information about its opening date soon

 

COYA restaurant entrance in Mykonos Town

COYA was the hottest new restaurant on Mykonos last year, and it will be back for its second season in May. The precise opening day has not yet been announced.

 

summer 2021 promotional image for Bonbonniere nightclub in Mykonos

Bonbonniere will be back this summer. In promotional posts on social media, the nightclub says: “Imagine your dream summer….Now get ready to live it.”

 

the entertainment team at Guapaloca Bar on Mykonos

Guapaloca Bar shared this photo of its entertainment team on social media with the caption: “Our summer events are on the way!”

 

2021 promotional image for SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

In its social media campaign for the 2021 season, SantAnna beach club invites travellers to “get your life back” and start planning your holidays now

 

Party scene from Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos

Paradise Beach Club shared this photo on social media along with the caption: “Counting the days for the party of all parties!”

 

Skandinavian Bar on Mykonos

Skandinavian Bar has launched a new website as it prepares for its summer opening

 

Liasti restaurant and beach club on Mykonos

Liasti beach club at Lia beach also is preparing for another summer season

 

JackieO Beach Club on Mykonos

JackieO Bar in Mykonos Town

JackieO Beach Club at Super Paradise (top) and JackieO Bar on the seafront of Mykonos Town will both be returning this summer and are expecting to open at the end of May

 

More opening announcements coming soon!

Top Greece travel reads of 2019: Greek food and wine

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Screenshot of Aegean Blue Magazine Issue 80 article about Vegan food in Greece

“Long before it became a fashionable trend and part of a new philosophy, dishes without any meat or animal products were a fundamental part of Greek cuisine, and they remain so today,” says the introduction to an Aegean Airlines in-flight magazine article about vegan food.

 

Feta. Greek Yogurt. Plant-based cuisine. Local Greek Island specialties. Wine bars in Athens. Vineyards open to visitors. These are a few of my favourite things in Greece, and they’re also the subject of magazine and newspaper articles I found particularly informative and instructive to read in 2019.  If you love food and wine yourself, and have a trip to Greece in your sights for 2020 (or later), the publications I spotlight in this post will give you an advance taste of the culinary and oenophilic delights you can plan to experience.

The articles I have selected as best reads for 2019 cover some topics that interest me personally, and others that will be useful to people who have emailed me or asked questions on social media or online travel forums that I regularly follow, like the Greece forum on TripAdvisor.

For instance, there’s a question that has become increasingly common in the past couple of years: “Will I be able to find vegan food & restaurants in Greece?” The answer: “Absolutely!” Brand-new restaurants specializing in vegan cuisine have been popping up in Athens, Mykonos and other major tourist destinations in recent years, while many existing eateries have been adding a range of vegan dishes to their menus to meet rapidly rising customer demand. But even in off-the-tourist-path places, travellers won’t have any trouble finding delicious meals that haven’t been prepared with meat or animal products.

As writer Nana Daroti notes in the article Vegan: Made in Greece, which starts at page 110 in Issue 80 of Blue, the Aegean Airlines on-board magazine,  Greeks are devoted to vegetable dishes known generally as ladera, and which can be found everywhere from “summer seaside tavernas to mountain retreats.”

“Olive oil, vegetables, beans and grains play leading roles in Greek recipes, not because they’re fashionable, but because they’re encoded in the Greek DNA,” Daroti explains.

For me, a far more difficult challenge than finding vegan food is shopping for wine in Greece, and not just because the labels on many bottles are written only in Greek.  Since we’re not familiar with local varietals and vineyards, we can never be certain what might suit our palates, and often wind up choosing a bottle at random and hoping we like it. We’ve found some pleasurable hits that way, but also some sorry misses. Happily, buying wine should be considerably less confusing on future holidays thanks to Wine Plus Magazine, which devoted its 2019 summer edition (Issue 57, pictured below) to all things a visitor needs to know about Greek wine.

In a welcome message, Editor Maria Netsika says the issue takes readers on “a journey through the wines of Greece … a travelogue to pleasure.” The Wine Plus trip itinerary includes the regions of Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Aegean islands, Ionian islands, and Crete, and visits not only the country’s leading vineyards, but also lesser-known wine makers. For each region, the magazine suggests “must try” and “must buy” local cuisine and food products, and provides directions to vineyards and wineries to help visitors plan their “oenotourism stops” in whatever area of Greece they may be travelling. Directories highlight specific regional wines, and conveniently include photos of the bottles.

Cover of issue 57 of The Wine Plus Magazine special issue on Greek wines

The Summer 2019 edition of The Wine Plus Magazine is a veritable encyclopedia of Greek wine, packed with everything you need to know about Greek grapes, vineyards, wine regions, production, and more.  

 

Please turn to page 2 to see more of my favourite articles about Greek food, wine and beverages from 2019.

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