The words viticulture and wine are an integral part of the peoples of the Mediterranean, with the first references being lost over time. Nobody knows exactly where and when exactly vines first appeared, but from the historical notes we know with certainty that for the inhabitants of the Greek territory they were of great importance. Archaeological findings prove that the Greeks had an inseparable connection with wine not only in its consumption but also in trade, economy and religious ceremonies.
Historians report that from the city of Byblos (located in present-day Lebanon) the Phoenicians loaded their ships with wine bound for other Mediterranean seaports. Many regions of island and mainland Greece were famous for the wines they produced. Pramneio wine – known since the time of Homer, Biblical wine probably from Beirut, Anthosmia wine (associated with musk wine), there are innumerable origins, categories and practices, which are still found today as wine is a good that evolves and breathes.
Conflicts, wars and population movements could not limit it. The conquerors used it as booty (precious as gold and silver) and the displaced took stumps (the lower part of the trunk that remains in the ground after cutting a plant or tree) to plant in the land they would arrive, something to give them a reminder of the place they left, something as precious as their language and religion.
With the “weight” of tradition, my colleague Madeleine Lorandou and I decided in 2012 to create the wine destination Heteroclito, in the historic center of Athens, wishing to highlight the indigenous vine varieties and the wealth of the Greek land.
The acquaintance with the Feyrouz family quickly developed into something more than a collaboration, the mutual respect was obvious. From the spring of 2019 one can find selected food proposals from the eastern Mediterranean and the Levante in the heteroclito and simultaniously, limited-circulation wines from indigenous vine varieties in Feyrouz .
We offer them simply, affordably, with an emphasis on good raw materials and you enjoy them with big smiles.