The wine of the ancient Greeks!
Retsina is a Greek, white or rosé, resinated wine, which has been produced and enjoyed by the Greek people for more than 2,000 years.
It is a unique wine with a light aroma and taste that makes it an excellent accompaniment for all types of Mediterranean cuisine. Pine resin dominates the aroma and flavor at first, but as the wine warms toward room temperature, hints of white fruit and floral notes begin to appear.
Its unique flavor is said to have originated from the ancient practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly amphorae, with Aleppo Pine resin. Before the invention of impermeable glass bottles and especially the cork closure, oxygen was spoiling wines due to oxidation. Pine resin helped keep the air out, while at the same time infused the wine with balsamic aromas.
Today, retsina is a product of Traditional designation according to EU regulations and is produced throughout the country and is produced by the addition of the natural resin extracted from pine trees during fermentation.