Greek wineries captured on camera

21st January, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt

Photographer Colin Hampden-White captures the beauty of Crete and Santorini in a pictorial tour of the Greek wine-producing islands.

View from the Santorini Winery DSC_0651A

Photo credit: Colin Hampden-White

Colin’s love of Greece stems from many years holidaying in the country, and although he says that he has always enjoyed the wines, he does admit that they tend to taste better in situ.

“The wines are fantastic when you are out there, especially the salty dry wines of Santorini which are wonderful in the sun or on a terrace, but they are not always quite the same back here [in the UK].”

As for the wineries, Colin explains that it’s easy to visit producers whether or not they are set up for commerce.

“You can visit lots of the cellars even if they don’t sell wines at the cellar door… they are stunning places and the people are so open,” he says.

Continuing he says, “The willingness to share seems very genuine, rather than forced – sometimes it’s just a matter of asking to look round, and they are delightful.”

He also records an increased openness to visitors and professionalism due to the economic situation.

“Greece seems to be changing and adapting and making money any way they can now.”

Colin has also photographed the star winemakers of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, as well as the faces behind Scotland’s top malts.

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