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"Decoding" a label  

    The label on a bottle is the first point of wine with which we come into contact.
In that are mandatory and optional information in accordance with national and European legislation. If the consumer is able to decode it, he will be able to evaluate the product to be consumed.     

 The particulars on the label are:

  1. Category of wine
  2. The name of the bottler (.... perhaps the most fundamental factor on the label and inside the bottle!)
  3. The nominal volume of the cylinder. Allowable not all bottle sizes, only the multiples and aliquots of 0,75 lt and 1 liter. The smallest bottle of wine is 0, 187 lt.
  4. The alcoholic content of wine. Refers to percentage of alcohol

Also there may be on the label and other information as the year of harvest, recommendations for the consumption of wine, etc.

The categories of wine

The types of wine as defined by the Greek legislation are:

Table Wine: a category where the producer has a smaller constraint on the origin and quality of grapes. Conversely, however, not to mention the label indications such as grape variety, region of origin, curing date.

Local Wine:  o enable a producer to use the term "local" should:

  • The grapes used come from the area, which refers to the label and is legislated for local wines.
  • The grapes come from the varieties listed in the legislation for the recognition of local wine. Also is recommended varieties in the region. To do a variety of recommended, should go through a successful experiment years before final approval and legislate it.
  • The yield of the vines can not exceed a certain limit (usually 1100 pounds per acre)..
  • The wine comes in numbered bottles


O.S.Q. Wine: An abbreviation of "Origin of Superior Quality. The wine OPAP apply the relevant provisions of the above and some extra, like some wine parameters, eg minimum aging period, the designated region of origin of grape wine in the boundaries of OPAP, etc. OPAP wines are distinguished by their red, numbered band control.

Wine HEPO: The abbreviation of the term appellation d'origine contrôlée. Typically the most severe category of wine in Greece and in it are mostly sweet wines. The wines HEPO distinguished from the blue, numbered control strip.

Name in tradition: category of the "Retsina".

Types of Wine

Color, sweetness and content of carbon dioxide are the characteristics that separate the wine to the following types:

As for taste: depending on the sweetness, ie the content of sugar, a wine is dry, dry, sweet, sweet

As for color:  In terms of color, the wines are divided into white, pink and red. This feature depends on the grape variety and the type of wine.

Dioxide content in coal: depending on the content of carbon dioxide wines are divided into quiet, semi-sparkling and sparkling