The Christmas holidays are ahead of us already.
Let's see what Greece has to offer to the lovers of expensive and rare alcohol.
After opening various wine guides, we can tell that prices of Greek wines have gone up significantly. Though they certainly have a long way to go to reach those of the premium positions of Italy or France, the first ten selections of wines can be purchased at prices up to 200 euros per bottle.
But there are more expensive wines in some particular cases. For example for a bottle of LAPO rose wine, the starting price in restaurants is usually about 1200 euros.
It is especially made of exclusively organic grape of Moschofilero and Agiorgitiko varieties.
This wine is embottled and sold in a special bottle made of Burgundy double glass weighing 700 grams, which gives the wine aficionado, the feeling of a precious stone.
Not surprisingly, its winemaker named Elena Bavelli also designs jewelry collections.
Only 500-700 bottles of this rare wine are produced per year and each one of them it's numerate - as the French call it - with its own unique bottle number.
The next wine we would like to mention is the innovative Assyrtiko a white wine aged in the sea, from Gaia winery.
When the bottles were immersed into the sea off the coast of Santorini, the whole world was watching the event that was broadcasting live from BBC!
Wine skeptics considered it a farce, but those who actually tried this wine found out that the experiment has been a great success. Probably low temperatures, darkness and lack of oxygen played an important role. For its winemakers however, this step was very risky, considering that many bottles were broken within the first year. The thing is that when people see a bottle covered with shells and seaweed, they are in awe!
You can also have this experience if you're willing to pay the price of 230 euros per bottle.
We will complete this list with another strong drink - the Metaxa AEN Brandy at a price of just over 2,000 euros.
It consists of more than 200 blends from the famous barrel number 1, which are carefully stored in the cellars of the Metaxa distillery.
In case you're wondering what kind of glass do you need to taste such a drink, well if you happen to be a billionaire, you can pay attention to real antique bowls - kylixes of 490 BC.
One of these special bowls, created by the famous potter Hieron and hand-painted by the artist Macron, was sold last year at Christie's for $1,830,000!