Greeks raise a glass to their love of wine

Wine is still the favorite tipple of one in two Greeks, despite the apparent popularity of imported drinks, such as whisky and vodka, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. The GPO poll showed that almost 55 percent of Greeks say wine is their first choice, some 20 percent opt for beer, and almost 10 percent go for ouzo or similar drinks. Just 7 percent choose other spirits. The heaviest drinkers are men over 45 and people who live in farming areas. More than one in 10 Greeks drinks wine on a daily basis. Only 16 percent of those surveyed said they never drink wine. Two-thirds of those who enjoy raising a glass or two do so with a meal. People from the Peloponnese drink the most wine, according to the survey, which was conducted on behalf of the Agricultural Development Ministry.