• noun a Greek wine flavoured with pine resin, which was originally added to preserve the wine


  • a style of wine made according to a traditional process used in Greece for several thousand years, in which pieces of resin from pine trees are added to the grape juice and left in it until racking, giving the resulting wine a pungent smell and taste of pine-wood. white wine produced in this way is called simply ‘retsina’ and rosé wine is called ‘kokineli’.