Wine List

Crete

The vineyard of Crete, with 12.8% of the total area of ​​the vineyards, takes 3rd place in Greece’s wine map among the 9 wine-growing regions. With 536 labels it is ranked 4th in the multitude of wines.

Crete is the biggest Greek island, on the south of Aegean Sea. The history of the island goes back to 3000 B.C. when was the glory of Minoan civilization. The Palace of Knossos is a famous monument, well known for its colors. Phaistos Disc has one of the oldest writing method. Most of the vineyards of Crete are located in the eastern section of the island, particularly its northern side which benefits from the northerly and northeasterly sea winds. The viticulture industry is experiencing brisk growth, making the island one of the most significant and dynamic terroirs of Greece. Most of the vineyards of Crete are situated on the lowland plains and on plateaus, at altitudes of up to 3,300 feet. Most of them are linear although the traditional practice of goblet training has remained in some. The mountain ranges of Lefka Ori, Ida and Dikte traverse Crete, featuring several dozens of summits, forming large plateaus and gorges, and creating an endless diversity of terroirs where the local varieties of Vilana, Kotsifali and Liatiko thrive alongside a plethora of other native and international cultivars. The Cretan climate is particularly hot and dry, with sunshine for 70% of the year and little rainfall during the summertime (less than 2 inches). However, these conditions are mitigated by sea winds and high altitudes. These factors have facilitated the adaptation of vines in Greece’s and Europe’s southernmost region (latitude: 35º north).

Kotsifali is the benchmark red variety of the famous vineyards of Crete, defining the style of the dry reds coming out of one of the most significant wine-producing regions of the Aegean Sea. Since red grapes are much more important on the island than whites, Kotsifali can be considered as the real soul of Crete.

Skalani Boutari

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Heraklion
Varieties: 50% Kotsifali & 50% Syrah
Producer: Boutari Winery
Region: Crete

Deep red wine with an intense bouquet, dominated by aromas of red forest fruit, sweet ageing aromas, like cinnamon, clover, cocoa, matched harmoniously with the aromas of oak barrels and roasted nuts. An exquisite structure, rich body, volume, greasiness, a long duration in taste and aroma.

The term “top obscure” could have been invented for Greek grape varieties like Vidiano. It is a white grape variety coming from Crete, used to produce white dry whites, some times aged in oak. Very few Vidiano vineyards have been found so far but producers agree on a tremendous quality potential, so essentially this is history in the making.

Vidiano Minos Wines

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Heraklion
Variety: Vidiano 100%
Producer: Minos Wines
Region: Crete

Sample of Cretan island’s terroir great potential combined to modern methods of wine making. A pleasantly aromatic and refreshing white wine from the local variety Vidiano. A white dry wine from a very promising Cretan variety, Vidiano.

Aegean Islands

Among the 9 wine-growing regions, in terms of vineyards, the 4th place on the winemap of Greece belongs to the vineyard of the Aegean with 10.4%. The Aegean has the 5th position in the multitude of wines.

The Aegean Islands are the group of islands in the Aegean Sea, with mainland Greece to the west and north and Turkey to the east, the island of Crete delimits the sea to the south, those of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kasos to the southeast. The devastating volcanic eruption of Thera (Santorini) has become the most famous single event in the Aegean before the fall of Troy. It may have been one of the largest volcanic eruptions on Earth in the last few thousand years. Tinos island is famous amongst Greeks for the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, its 80 or so windmills, about 1000 artistic dovecotes, 50 active villages and its Venetia fortifications at the mountain, Exomvourgo.

Samos island is the birthplace of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, after whom the Pythagorean Theorem is named. The vineyards in the Aegean Islands come to several thousand acres of cultivated vineyards, which are almost exclusively planted with indigenous varieties. These island vineyards are surrounded by the sea, which gives them a positive influence. In the Aegean, the vineyards are trained into goblets to face the inhospitable terrain, poor and infertile soils, minimum water and the strong winds that generally prevail. The method of cultivation is still basically traditional and often we find vineyards with landscaped terraces to limit soil erosion and to retain as much of the limited rainwater. Limnos and Samos are holding a prominent position in the north Aegean and Santorini with its volcanic vineyards in the South Aegean. Most of the islands enjoy warm summer temperatures and cold winter temperatures, influenced by the Mediterranean climate.

Assyrtiko-Santorini wines are rare and distinctive. These wines are born from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape, cultivated in some of the world’s oldest vineyards, dating back 3.500 years, on the volcanic island of Santorini, where nothing is ordinary! Assyrtiko-Santorini world class still dry whites can be drunk young or aged, as they are precious, truly age worthy wines; the ideal complement to haute cuisine, fish, seafood and, surprisingly, even meat dishes. These terroir driven wines of distinct character are structured on exciting minerality and savor density. They both reflect the unique volcanic and anhydrous soil of Santorini, which is an internationally acclaimed “pedigree”.

Terra Nera White Karamolegos

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)Cyclades
Variety: Assyrtiko 100%
Producer: Karamolegos Winery
Region: Santorini

Fruity aromas of melon, pear and citrus fruits combined with the typical mineral signature of theisland and its hint of herbal notes. Supple, fresh on the palate with intensity, primary fruitcharacter, nice vivid balance and long complex aftertaste.

From pruning to harvesting, everything is done by hand. The vintners have invented a distinct way of pruning, called “kouloura”. The vines stay close to the ground and form a spiral, a natural basket that hosts the grapes and protects them from the strong wind. In areas of notable slope,the vine growers have built stone terraces, known as “pezoules” in order to facilitate the cultivation and to maximize the absorbance of rainwater. The vineyard of Santorini, one of the most ancient in the world with a 3,500-year history, consist of a World Heritage site.

Santorini Grande Reserve Santo

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PDO) Santorini
Variety: Assyrtiko 100%
Producer: Santo Wines
Region: Santorini

From 100 years old vines and aged in French barriques for 12 months, this wine features a golden color and a huge bouquet of toast, peach, bay leaf, honey, golden apple, spice, resin and white flowers. The same flows over onto the taste buds where Assyrtiko’s tell tale crystalline/saline acidity carries the long finale.

Vinsanto is an ancient wine making tradition of Santorini that dates back thousands of years and represents an important part of Santorini’s history. In order for a wine to be labeled Vinsanto in Santorini the wine must be predominately made from the Assyrtiko grape—at least 51%, the remaining 49% is made up of Athiri and Aidani and some small amounts of locally grown white varieties. Vinsanto does not undergo any chaptalization and is made up only of the natural sugars and acids of the grapes. Vinsanto is made from late harvested grapes that have been dried in the sun for 12–14 days. They are then crushed and fermented and then aged for a minimum of 24 months in oak barrels.

Vinsanto Santo

Type: Naturally sweet wine from sundried grapes
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Santorini
Varieties: Assyrtiko 85%, Aidani 15%
Producer: Santo Wines
Region: Santorini

This classic dessert wine bears a deep orange-red color with brown tints. The nose is complex, ranging from sweet spices like cinnamon and cloves towards dried fruits such as apricots and raisins. Prolonged maturation of three years in oak barrels, delivers a mellow, velvety character, while balances the kicking acidity and reveals notes of honey and lemon. Long ageing potential.

Until recently, this red grape variety with its black (“mavro”) and crisp (“tragano”) berries—hence, the name Mavrotragano—was merely blended in the Santorini sweet wines and had become all but extinct. Today, it is one of the highly-touted varieties employed in producing reds. With its future appearing more auspicious than ever, Mavrotragano combines the exotic with the singular in an outstanding, all-inclusive package!

Vaptistis Red

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)Cyclades
Varieties: Mavrothiriko 70%, Mavrotragano 30%
Producer: Vaptistis Winery
Region: Tinos

A Mavrothiriko and Mavrotragano blend from Tinos island in the Cyclades, Greece. Windswept vineyards brilliant Aegean sunlight, deep azure blues, heaps of optimism and joy.

The history of Samos wine dates back to early antiquity, the historical record includes elements of mythology also. Legend has it that the god Dionysus himself taught the Samians all about vine growing and winemaking in order to thank them for the help they provided to defeat the Amazons. According to tradition, the first person to teach vine growing to the inhabitants of the island was the hero of the Argonauts, Agkaios. We find historical references in antiquity for the wines of Samos in Hippocrates, Galenos, Theophrastos, while the military ships “Samena” transported wine from Samos to various ports of the world in Samian amphorae with a pointed base.

Nopera Epitome

Type: Naturally sweet wine from sundried grapes
Variety: Muscat of Samos 100%
Producer: Nopera Wines
Region: Samos

It has a dark, amber color and a high complexity, with prune, coffee and caramel undertones. It is rich to the mouth, full of apricot, honey and cherry flavors and a fine but distinguishable acidity, that enables this perfectly balanced wine to elicit the uniqueness of the different terroirs, thanks to its prolonged aftertaste.

Peloponnese

The champion! From wherever you may see it (many producers, wineries, wine labels, vineyards) Peloponnese is in 1st place. It has 29.1% of the total area of the vineyards in Greece and produces 1208 different wines, 1st in the multitude of wines.

Peloponnese is a peninsula and geographic region in southern Greece. It is separated from the central part of the country by the Isthmus and Gulf of Corinth. The Mycenaean civilization, mainland Greece’s (and Europe’s) first major civilization, dominated the Peloponnese in the Bronze Age from its stronghold at Mycenae in the north-east of the peninsula. In 776 B.C., the first Olympic Games were held at Olympia, in the western Peloponnese and this date is sometimes used to denote the beginning of the classical period of Greek antiquity. Mega Spileo is a historic Monastery of Kalavryta, that was established in the 4th century by two monks. Its’ name took it from the rocky complex of Mount Chelmos where it is built. The vineyards of Peloponnese are concentrated mainly on hilly and mountainous areas, either in complex terrain, or plains and valleys between the mountains. The Peloponnese vineyards are shared into two main areas. The first consists of the eastern and central part with key areas Nemea and Mantinia and the second on the west side, starting from the north and on the slopes of Mount Panachaiko, near Egion and Patras, and follows the coast of the Ionian Sea, stretching down to Messenia in the south. The main vine growing areas are Achaia in the north and Ilia and Messenia in the south. The vineyards of Peloponnese have a mild Mediterranean climate, which is formed by the favorable effect of the sea breeze of the Corinth Gulf and the cold air provided by mountain ranges of Central Greece and central Peloponnese. Most of Peloponnese enjoys a warm, mild Mediterranean climate. The winter is the rainiest season in Peloponnese, with the summers being very dry.

Messenia is a region in the southeastern tip of Peloponnese. It is a region with a peculiar landscape formed by Taygetus and the Arcadian mountains, carved by the Pamissos and Neda rivers and their tributaries. A region with several beaches looking on the Ionian Sea and the Messenian Gulf and several “Natura” protected areas. Messenia has also a huge cultural heritage to demonstrate, with findings from the Neolithic and the Mycenaean period and traces of the first independent Greece of the 19th century; If nothing else, these prove the constant presence of humans in the area, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Chardonnay Panagiotopoulos

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Messenia
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Producer: Panagiotopoulos Wines
Region: Pyrgos Trifylias

An oak – aged wine, with deep color, aromatic notes of vanilla, peaches and pears, rich mouth feel and generous finish.

The most important Moschofilero biotypes are “Mavrofilero” (black fileri), giving wines with high alcoholic strength and very good acidity and this is why it is the core product for PDO Mantinia wines. Two other varietals of Moschofilero are “Xanthofilero” (blond fileri) and “Asprofilero” (white fileri), giving wines of low alcoholic strength and high acidity and that is why these grapes are mainly used for the production of sparkling wines.

Salto Wild Yeast
Domaine Skouras

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Peloponnese
Variety: Mavrofilero 100%
Producer: Domaine Skouras
Region:  Argos

Soft color with a light shade of grey. Nose with high lift and complexity with aromas of roses, jasmine, lime, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Medium body with explosive acidity –full of taste and refreshing– with aromas of citrus flowers and tropical fruits. Complex and medium-length aftertaste.

Anyone in pursuit of a Greek white grape variety which promises refreshment and enlivenment, all the while offering exoticism unprecedented in a Mediterranean country, should look no further than Moschofilero: it automatically springs to mind. Just as “moscho”, the first part of its name, promises this charismatic grape is the most aromatic one, of the Fileri grape family. Despite the reddish or grayish hue of its berries it is almost exclusively used for the production of dry whites and some sparkling wines. It is also frequently blended with other wines (including many PGI ones) where its task is to give them a “boost” by means of its superb aroma.

Mantinia Nassiakos

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PDO) Mantinia
Variety: Moschofilero 100%
Producer: Semeli Winery
Region: Mantinia

Bright, yellow-green color. Elegant floral aromas with lemon, citrus and rose petals, typical of the Moschofilero variety. Rich and fruity on the palate, with a long aromatic aftertaste.

In the role of Romeo, the robust Cabernet Sauvignon, while Juliet is the spicy Agiorgitiko. The final blend was 70% – 30%, with Cabernet holding the scepter. The extraction took 20 days and the passionate couple stayed for 24 months in 225 liter French oak barrels. The result is a red wine of incredible concentration and complexity, with the two varieties blending harmoniously and the barrel giving extra points.

Romeo & Juliet
Estate Constantin Gofas

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Peloponnese
Varieties: Agiorgitiko 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 70%
Producer: Estate Constantin Gofas
Region: Nemea

Intense purple color. Aromas of ripe fruit with hints of honey and hot chocolate. Robust body with fleshy and rounded tannins. Bottled without cooling and filtering.

With the legendary Asopos river flowing just beside the winery, the name was easy to pick. Agiorgitiko (85%) and Syrah (15%), from the vineyard Simarkou, in the “grand cru” village Kuci Nemea, are combined in a blend with unexpected results. The cold extraction and the low temperatures throughout vinification helped maintain all the primary flavors and aromas of then grapes in unprecedented levels, with the acidity refreshing the palate.

Mythic River Rosé
Estate Constantin Gofas

Type: Rose, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Peloponnese
Varieties: Agiorgitiko 85%, Syrah 15%
Producer: Estate Constantin Gofas
Region: Nemea

Intense eggplant color with aromas of hot candied berries and spices. Heavy condensation in the presence of strong and noble tannins with a long aftertaste.

Agiorgitiko is a captivating grape variety that caresses the senses with elegance, freshness and intensity of aromas and flavors. It is a red grape variety and is frequently referred to as “multi-dynamic”, since it is capable of producing a large range of styles, from refreshing rosés to concentrated sweet wines. However, the most common expressions are two: either as a young, unoaked red wine, or as a red matured in oak for at least a year.

Nemea
Estate Constantin Gofas

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PDO)Nemea
Variety: Agiorgitiko 100%
Producer: Estate Constantin Gofas
Region: Nemea

Red and black color with aromas of dried & small berries and tons of hot chocolate. Possible noble tannins with a long aftertaste.

The brand new red wine Vasilio 2012 by Estate Constantin Gofas came to claim its crown shifting the balance among premium Agiorgitiko wines of the Nemea region. In a single vineyard just outside the absolute «Grand Cru» village of Nemea, Koutsi, at an altitude of 380m and prohibitive for any crop, almost dangerous slope, Agiorgitiko was planted by Gofas family grandfather back in 1972. Totally rainfed, vines survived and grew overcoming the physical difficulties of steep slopes with rocky soils. As for the condensation? Each of the nearly half-century old plants gave only one bottle of wine after a very careful selection of 4-5 bunches of overripe fruit from each vine. The precious juice remained for 30 months in French oak barrels with moderate burning and then was bottled without filtering in just 900 bottles where it rested for another year.

Vasilio Grande Reserve
Estate Constantin Gofas

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PDO) Nemea
Variety: Agiorgitiko 100%
Producer: Estate Constantin Gofas
Region: Nemea

Intense eggplant color with aromas of hot candied berries and spices. Heavy condensation in the presence of strong and noble tannins with a long aftertaste.

Lagorthi is a grape variety that boldly defies preconceptions about Greek whites. For some wine drinkers, Greek white wines are likely to be flat, flabby and lacking in freshness. Lagorthi is leaning close to the other extreme –a dry white wine with great definition, stunning elegance and a crispness that brings to mind north European wines.

Domain Mega Spileo White

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Achaia
Varieties: 50% Assyrtiko, 50% Lagorthi
Producer: Domain Mega Spileo
Region: Achaia

Bright yellow color with vibrant green hues. Very fresh characters of exotic and unripen yellow fruits with some mineral notes. Dense and crispy in the mouth. Its acidity allows interesting food pairings. Refreshing and fruity on the palate.

Mavro Kalavritino is an indigenous red variety of the Kalavryta region and the Aigialeia region in general. It is a variety that offers deep red-colored wines, moderate tannins and body, vivid acidity and aromas reminiscent of red and black fruits, flowers, herbs and spices. Wines of this variety seem to have the potential to evolve for a few years in the bottle.

Domain Mega Spileo Red

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Achaia
Varieties: 60% Mavrodafne, 40% MavroKalavritino
Producer: Domain Mega Spileo
Region: Achaia

Deep red color with lively purple hues. Complex aroma of ripen fruits, white pepper, red fruits syrup and leather with elegant wooden background. Dense yet balanced in the mouth, with smooth tannins and an acidity that allows further aging. Long and pleasant finish.

About 150 years ago, German-born Gustav Clauss settled outside the city of Patras where he vinified the first sweet Mavrodaphne. Little could he have known at the time that the wine he had crafted would become one of the most identifiable products of the Greek vineyard. Nor could he have known that, today, apart from yielding some highly acclaimed sweet wines such as “Mavrodaphne of Patras” and “Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia,” the Mavrodaphne variety would also yield some equally touted and remarkable dry wines.

Domain Mega Spileo III Cuvée Red

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Achaia
Varieties: 40% Mavrodaphne, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Agiorgitiko
Producer: Domain Mega Spileo
Region: Achaia

Deep purple color, very dark in the heart. Intensive notes of syrups of red and black fruits. Pencil shelves, biscuits and sweet spices on the back ground. Warm and lush in the mouth. Fruity, smoky and long finish.

Ionian Islands

With 4.6%, the Ionian Islands vineyard is ranked 7th in the viniculture map of Greece as regards the area of the ​​vineyards among the 9 wine-growing regions. It’s also at the same place in the multitude of wines with 193 labels.

The Ionian Islands are a group of islands in Greece. They are traditionally called the Heptanese, i.e. “the Seven Islands”, but the group includes many smaller islands as well as the seven principal ones. The islands were settled by Greeks at an early date, possibly as early as 1200 B.C., and certainly, by the 9th century B.C. There is evidence that Kefalonia is inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The first known inhabitants were Leleges, who inhabited the island apparently in the 15th century BC, bringing with them the cult of Poseidon. Zakynthos has been inhabited from at least the Paleolithic and later Neolithic Age assume archaeological excavations have proven. The “Hymn to Liberty” or “Hymn to Freedom” is a poem written by Dionysios Solomos, who was born in Zakynthos, in 1823, which is used as the national anthem of Greece and Cyprus.The vineyards of Ionian Islands are located at various altitudes and rage from flat to hilly, depending on the island where they are situated. The vine of Ionian Islands is affected by the relatively moderate winds, mild climate due to the favorable impact of the sea that surrounds them, but also by the relatively high annual rainfall. In the Ionian Islands are found rare and unique varieties used for various PDO, PGI and table wines.The Ionian Islands have a Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters and hot and sunny summers.

Avgoustiatis belongs to a group of very rare Greek varieties with a small acreage, produced only from a handful of wine producers but, at the same time, giving impressive, high quality results. This is exploring the edges of the world of wine as known today. It is a red grape variety producing mainly dry red wines.

Root of the Mountain
Klima Grampsas

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Zakynthos
Variety: Avgoustiatis 100%
Producer: Klima Grampsa
Region: Zakynthos

The fruit on the nose is red and juicy. Cherry and strawberry take the lead with lychee, herbal hints, chocolate and oak sense complementing the elegant aromatic bouquet. On the palate the fruit is also intense and delicious. Cherry and strawberry framed perfectly by well worked, velvety tannins and balanced acidity which preserves its freshness.

The Eclipse is made from the unique Mavrodaphne of Kefalonia grape bought in from the appellation zone. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation before being carefully matured for at least 12 months in top quality French and American barriques. The wine is matured for a further 12 months in bottle before release. Only 2,500 bottles are produced annually. This is a dark, almost inky wine, with generous, layered aromas of red fruit, spiced with hints of licorice and wild mint. In the mouth it is rich, complex and impressive, with soft, round tannins and an endless aftertaste.

Eclipse Gentilini

Type: Red, dry
Variety: 100% Mavrodaphne
Producer: Gentilini
Region: Kefalonia

This is a dark, almost inky wine, with generous, layered aromas of red fruit, spiced with hints of licorice and wild mint. In the mouth it is rich, complex and impressive, with soft, round tannins and an endless aftertaste. A true taste of Kefalonia in a glass!

Central Greece

On the wine map of Greece, the vineyard of Central Greece with 25.9% occupies the second place among the 9 wine-growing regions in terms of the area of ​​the vineyards. With 636 labels it is ranked 3rd in the multitude of wines.

Continental Greece is a traditional geographic region of Greece. In English the area is usually called Central Greece, but the equivalent Greek term is more rarely used. Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or center) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. Thermopylae is a place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity,where the famous Battle of Thermopylae took place. The vineyards of Central Greece start north of the boundary of Thessaly and the Pindos mountain range to the east and continue south to the natural boundary of the Gulf of Corinth, including Attica and Evia. Overall, comparing the individual areas listed, we see that it is a heterogeneous geological and morphological geographical area. This zone consists of 50,000 acres of vineyards, with the Attica region covering most of the vineyards of Central Greece,with total of 25,000 acres. Vineyards are found mainly in flat lands, despite the diversity and topography of the area. The vineyards of Central Greece are basically formed into goblet-shaped vines except from the recent plantings, which are mainly indigenous varieties with the most common being Savatiano. The grapes of this zone are intended mostly for the production of table wines. The climate of Central Greece varies depending on altitude and area. The coast is generally Mediterranean with warm summers and mild winters, and on the inside, at a higher altitude, it becomes continental, with snowfall during the winter. In the western lowlands the winter is mild with a lot of rains, and during the summer there are very high temperatures. In Eastern Central Greece because of the mountainous volumes, the winter is colder and the summer is cooler and dry than the west.

Savatiano is the prime indigenous variety of Attica, and is also the most widely grown variety in Greece. Its origin is lost in the mists of time. We know that it was originally cultivated in Attica, and from there spread to Polystafylon Arini (Viotia) and to Istiaia (Evia), as is mentioned by Homer. It also spread to Mesivria on the shores of the Black Sea, which was a Greek colony founded by Megaris (a small ancient Greek state west of Attica and north of Corinthia) and to neighboring Anchialos, a colony founded by Miletus, which was in constant competition with Mesivria. Savatiano has come to be identified with the production of retsina, the most singular and most underrated Greek wine.

Kleftes
Markou Vineyards

Type: White, organic, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Attica
Variety: Savatiano 100%
Producer: Markou Vineyards
Region: Spata Attica

Grapes are sourced from a 40-year-old, organic single vineyard in Spata. Bush vines produce low yields (app 50 hl/ha) of high quality fruit. On the one hand, Savatiano is a variety that reached its limit down in recent years, but which comes back stronger due to the excellent efforts of quality – conscious producers, and on the other it is vinified without the addition of any sulphites.

Savatiano
Kokotos Estate

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Attica
Variety: Savatiano 100%
Producer: Kokotos Estate
Region: Stamata Attica

A bright white-yellow color. On the nose aromas of orange zest, grapefruit and citrus dominate. A well balanced wine with a refreshing acidity.

The Valley of the Muses was the site of an ancient Greek sanctuary to the Muses and the Mouseia festivals held in their honor. It is an open-air historical site open permanently to the public. It is located at Thespies on the eastern slopes of Mount Helicon in Boeotia, Greece. The recorded history of the valley began in the 6th century BC. Its greatest period started in the 3rd century BC with the establishment of the Mouseia festivals organised every fifth year by the Thespians. Poets and musicians from all over Greece participated in various games. In the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C., games in honor of the Roman emperor were added. From that time the emperors sponsored the festivals, which were then called “Great Kaisareia” because the emperor was honored over the Muses.

Two Rivers Rosé
Samartzis Estate

Type: Rosé, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Theva
Variety: Grenache Rouge 100%
Producer: Samartzis Estate
Region: 9 Muses Valley Central Greece

Aromas of fresh red fruit like strawberry & a cherry floral blossom. Refreshing with medium acidity. The flavor is full of red fruits and sweet spices like cinnamon. Good aftertaste and medium body.

Malagousia is the quintessence of the modern renaissance of the New Wines of Greece witnessed in the last twenty years. It is the personification of the way Greek wine producers are rediscovering their potential. In the 1970s, Malagousia was a white variety known to very few and thought to be extinct. Today, after painstaking work from university professors and top growers, Malagousia is widely considered a world class grape, producing outstanding dry whites, as well as a few dazzling sweet examples. Malagousia makes wines that are medium pale, lemon green in color while the nose is very intense and highly expressive, showing hints of peaches, green bell pepper, basil and flowers. On the palate, it is round, full but always fresh, with moderately high levels of alcohol. Sweet versions are made with late harvest grapes as they are even more dense and more aromatic. In general, oak ageing flatters Malagousia, but many stainless steel versions are equally impressive. It is a grape believed to originate from the west part of Central Greece (Aetolia-Acarnania) and known mainly for its use in the production of sweet wines. Modern day plantings resurfaced in the Chalkidiki region in Macedonia, and there are currently numerous producers cultivating Malagousia in most vine-growing parts of Greece.

Klepsidra
Samartzis Estate

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Central Greece
Variety: Malagousia 100%
Producer: Samartzis Estate
Region: 9 Muses Valley Central Greece

Light yellow color with hints of green. Aromas of fresh fruit like peach, pineapple, apricot & white flowers blossom as well as jasmine. Medium acidity but fresh in the same time with crispy flavor of peach character & tropical fruit. Long aftertaste with medium body.

Malagousia Drios
Karadimos Family

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Opountia Lokrida
Variety: Malagousia 100%
Producer: Karadimos Family
Region: Atalanti

Moderate lemon intensity with perfumes having intensity and depth combining peach, grapefruit and white flower with roasted wood and vanilla. In the mouth a dry and creamy texture and balanced acidity, while oral perfumes play again with stone fruits such as peach and apricot and embedded barrel expressed hints of vanilla and toasted nuts.

Limnio is a variety that manifests, beyond any question, the potential depth of the New Wines of Greece in today’s wine world. It is a grape first mentioned by numerous Ancient Greek writers such as Homer, Hesiod and Polydefkis, making it a unique artifact of ancient viticulture. Nevertheless, this red variety, used to make dry red wines, is still important today, even in areas where it has been cultivated since the distant past—like in the historic Maroneia region.

Schioppettino-Limnio
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Varieties: Schioppettino, Limnio
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

Aromas of mature red and black fruits such as strawberries, sour cherries and plums, notes of raspberry marmalade and hints of apple tart and cinnamon. The flavor is extraordinary, balanced acidity and distinct tannins, a medium to high body harmoniously blended with cherry and fig flavors as well as spice elements like sweet paprika and white pepper.

Aglianico is a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, mostly Basilicata and Campania. The vine originated in Greece and was brought to the south of Italy by Greek settlers. The name may be a corruption of vitis hellenica, Latin for “Greek vine.” Another etymology posits a corruption of Apulianicum, the Latin name for the whole of southern Italy in the time of ancient Rome. During this period, it was the principal grape of the famous Falernian wine, the Roman equivalent of a first-growth wine today. Oenologist Denis Dubourdieu has said “Aglianico is probably the grape with the longest consumer history of all.”

Aglianico
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Variety: Aglianico 100%
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

Deep ruby red color with purple hues. Well-structured, “warm” aromatic composition of sweet spices, cinnamon, cloves, truffle and vivid black fruit aromas. Strength, intensity, aromatic opulence and powerful tannins compound a multi-dimensional wine with warm and long finish.

The Greek grape varieties and the art of wine making spread to the Great Greek colonization (700-500 B.C.). Almost all the Mediterranean basin, particularly in the area of Southern Italy and Sicily, also known as “Magna Grecia”. There the memories survive until now, even the names of the varieties. 30 years before, Domaine Hatzimichalis repatriate several varieties of these transferred there with the ancient Greeks, such as Verdicchio, Trebbiano Greco, Malvasia, Grecanico, Grechetto, Aglianico, Schioppettino etc., testing their potential in Atalanti Valley.

After many years of systematic study of their characteristics and their excellent adaptation in the vineyard, some of them gave excellent varietal wines with genuine personality and unprecedented taste for Greek standards. Thesaurus … this drinking experience!!!

Thesaurus
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Varieties: Ancient Greek varieties (Magna Grecia)
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

Pale yellow color, with cool aromas of pretty good intensity, fresh fruits like pear, hints of banana, light citrus, cucumber and Muscat cues. Full and rich body with long and enjoyable aftertaste. The white color has been selected to show that Domaine Hatzimichalis was, is and will continue to be a premium, elegant & revolutionary winery. The wires and vines, of the privately owned, vineyards in Atalanti Valley, decorate the bottle.

Assyrtiko – Sauvignon Blanc
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Varieties: Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

A plethora of aromas are evident such as citrus and jasmine flowers, quince, peach as well as fresh herbs (basil and fresh-cut grass). The flavor has an expressive character with prominent aromas of pear and lily that blend harmoniously with notes of yellow flowers. Delicious minerality and crisp acidity that gives it freshness and long pleasant aftertaste.

One of Greece’s most historic wine labels. This Cabernet Sauvignon started a revolution in the Greek wine industry as the first Greek wine to mention the most popular variety in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon on the label, setting an example for future young producers to follow their dreams.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

Elegant bouquet with expressive aromas of black fruits like blackcurrants and plums along with spicy notes and hints of freshly cured tobacco. An intense, sophisticated and well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon with rich tannins, concentrated flavors and persistent finish. An exquisite combination of strength, complexity and elegance.

Panselinos Red Lykos

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
Central Greece
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 20%
Producer: Lykos Wines
Region: Malakontas Eretria

Deep red color with aromas of spices, forest fruits and vanilla. Rich palate with soft tannins and rich aftertaste. Can be aged for 6-8 years.

This vibrant rose is a co-fermentation of indigenous Central Greece white variety Malagousia and red grape varieties, Syrah and Grenache Rouge. A unique blend that can impress rose wine lovers due to its aromatic bouquet and extraordinary taste.

Alfega Rosé
Domaine Hatzimichalis

Type: Rosé, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Atalanti Valley
Varieties: Grenache, Malagousia, Syrah
Producer: Domaine Hatzimichalis
Region: Atalanti Valley

Bright rose color. Vibrant red fruit aromas with the distinct presence of strawberry and raspberry. Notes of spices and hints of white peach are blending harmoniously with a lively touch of rose petals. The aromatic palette is present in the mouth coexisting smoothly with the balanced acidity. Refreshing and velvety taste with a powerful and enjoyable fruity finish.

Thessaly

The vineyard of  Thessaly with 5.9% is, in terms of area, in the 6th position in Greece’s wine map among the 9 wine-growing regions. It’s at the same place, with 231 wines, in the multitude of wines.

Thessaly lies in central Greece and borders the regions of Macedonia on the north, Epirus on the west, Central Greece on the south and the Aegean Sea on the east. The Thessaly region also includes the Sporades islands. Rapsani is a town of the former municipal district of Kato Olympos, which is part of the municipality of Tempi in the Larissa regional unit, Thessaly, Greece. Rapsani is sited at an altitude of 800 meters. The location of Peneus river at the level of the station Rapsani is a scenic landscape. Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. In Ancient Greek religion and mythology, “Olympus” was the name of the home of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. In Pieria, at Olympus’s northern foot, the mythological tradition had placed the nine Muses, patrons of the Fine Arts, daughters of Zeus and the Titanide Mnemosyne. In Thessaly, there are 5 areas producing Regional Wines (of Thessaly, Krania, Meteora and Tirnavos).Historically, Thessaly relates directly to the wine since the ancient years in Greece through Pelion and the Centaurs that had an unstoppable passion for wine. Indeed, Dionysus had included them into his permanent companion next to Panas, Seilinos, the Satyrs and the Bacchus. After all, there is where the Dionysian jar with wine was buried, which waited for four generations to be tasted by the semi-god Hercules. The climate of Thessaly for the most part, with the exception of the coastal areas, is continental with cold winters and hot summers, as the existence of mountain volumes prevent the direct influence of the sea. In the lowlands the average annual temperature varies between 16 ° -17 ° C and decreases in the mountains.

Tyrnavos Black Muscat (synonymous to Hamburg Muscat) came from the mix between Schiava Grossa (Italian Origin) and Alexandria Muscat (Egyptian Origin). Cultivated for first time in Tyrnavos around 1930, it emerged as the dominant variety grown on 3,700 acres. The microclimate and aroma make unique wines—especially the impression created by the demi-sweet and sweet wines, as well as the white, rose and the red wines. The sparkling wines are particularly aromatic. Tyrnavos Muscat produces special quality distillate. Research has shown that Tyrnavos Tsipouro (distillate with recognized geographical recognition) contains high quality substances of the grape.

Muscat of Tyrnavos White
Domaine Migas

Type: White, dry
Variety: Muscat of Tyrnavos 100%
Producer: Domaine Migas
Region: Tyrnavos

Impressive gold-yellowish color. Intense aromatic character of rose and yellow-fleshed fruits. Rich mouth-feel and pleasant aftertaste.

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest in Balkans (elevation: 2,919m /9,577 ft). It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity.

The highest peak Mytikas, meaning “nose”, is known as the “Home of the Olympian Gods” in ancient Greek Mythology. The southeastern slopes of Mount Olympus are the perfect nest for the picturesque village of Rapsani, home to a long line of vine growers. The very first mentions for the local “thessalikon wine, good health and strength preparatory” are traced in Theokritos, creator of ancient Greek bucolic poetry, in 300 B.C., while during Byzantine times viticulture is among the basic occupations of the locals. From 1700s Rapsani stands out for its economic and residential development

Rapsani Grande Reserve Tsantali

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Rapsani
Varieties: Xinomavro (1/3), Krassato (1/3), Stavroto (1/3)
Producer: Tsantali winery in Rapsani
Region: Rapsani Mount Olympus

The grapes of Rapsani Grande Reserve grow at the highest altitude vine parcels of the Rapsani PDO zone between 500-800 meters. The best grapes are selected from a total area of 5 hectares, where some of the oldest bush vines can be found (up to 35 years old). Deep red color with tawny hues. The nose is dominated by vegetal and earthy aromas with ripe black fruit and vanilla on the background. The palate is dry, rich in robust tannins with acidity that balances the ripe fruit and the sweet spices. The oak is well integrated. Long and complex finish.

Macedonia

Macedonia’s vineyard with 9.8% occupies the 5th place among the 9 wine-growing regions on the wine map of Greece. Macedonia, with 808 labels, is 2nd in the multitude of wines.

Macedonia is a geographic and historical region of Greece in the southern Balkans. Macedonia is the largest and second most populous Greek region, dominated by mountains in the interior and the port cities of Thessaloniki and Kavala on its southern coastline. Macedonia is part of Northern Greece, together with Thrace and sometimes Thessaly and Epirus. Naoussa is situated in ancient Emathia west of the ancient Macedonian town of Mieza and the site of ancient School of Aristotle. The area, according to Herodotus, was where the fertile Gardens of King Midas were situated. Later, in the current position of the city, the Romans established the colony of Nova Augusta. The name changed through the centuries to Niagusta, Niaousta and Niaousa, until it became today’s Naoussa.

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Vineyards of Macedonia are scattered among other cultivations, situates on hillside slopes and have generally fertile soils. Many are close to the sea or a lake, thus receiving the benefits of the moderate climate created. The vineyards of Macedonia are almost entirely linear and irrigated with medium and large planting distances, usually with less than 4000 plants per hectare. The climate is mild, atrium and has the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate. As long as one enters the periphery and moves away from the sea, the climate becomes continental. In the northern mountains alone, winter is severe and snowfall is frequent.

The wines from the Athonite region carry the appellation of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Mount Athos. The delimited area of the zone is located within the administrative boundaries of Athos peninsula, as well as the area of Ouranoupolis in the Stagira Akanthou municipality. It comprises vineyards extending either near the seacoast or on the slopes of the mountain at an altitude up to 400 meters. The monastic life dictates a profound respect for the environment; the harmonious interaction of traditional farming practices and forestry is linked to the stringent observance of monastic rules over the course of centuries. Therefore, Mount Athos can be defined as the textbook of 100% organic farming.

Kormilitsa Red Tsantali

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Mount Athos
Varieties: Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Tsantali Winery in Mount Athos
Region: Mount Athos

A wine of deep scarlet color that reflects the complexity and imposing character. On the nose, an ethereal, elegant bouquet of dark skinned fruits, violet, licorice and seductive tones of underground vegetation.

Xinomavro is not a wine of our times (in any sense). It is a tricky devil in the vineyard: if the person who is in charge of the vineyards let it go, hoping to obtain quantity, quality takes a nosedive and thin, acidic plonk results; but neither can it be made into the sort of huge “Parkerized”, internationalized, Shiraz-like red that is so popular today. It can only, made with care and skill, be itself, a red more like Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo in that it trades on delicacy and requires some nontrivial bottle age to get to where it should be.

1879 Legacy Boutari

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)Naoussa
Variety: Xinomavro 100%
Producer: Boutari Winery
Region: Trilofos, Bas Karter

An authentic terroir wine from a single vineyard from Trilofos Naoussa. The wine was named 1879 in honor of the year that the company was established in Naoussa by John Boutari. The wine embodies the history of the family and expects to introduce the modern consumer in the complex and fascinating xinomavro. Deep red color, intense complexity with primary aromas of red berries, dried fig, tomato juice. Secondary aromas from intense ageing consist of vanilla, plum, roasted nuts and a taint of cigar box. Full bodied, with pleasant acidity. Very soft tannins provide a soft mouthfeel, rich in density with a long, warm finish with an aftertaste of cocoa and red fruit.

What is the distance between the two most famous wine producing regions in Greece? Between the two top Greek red grape varieties? Between two of the most respected Greek wineries? On paper, this distance is 589 kilometers. For us, it is only 750ml. At a special wine tasting event in December 2012, featuring Palivou Estate in Nemea and Estate Chrisohoou in Naoussa, an inspiration came out to “marry” Agiorgitiko with Xinomavro, in order to create a great wine. Thus Cuvée 589 was born: through joint effort and mutual respect, as part of an initiative that reflects the two companies’ philosophy, and their belief in their partners.

II Cuvée 589
Palivou Estate & Estate Chrisohoou

Type: Red, dry
Varieties: Agiorgitiko 50%, Xinomavro 50%
Producer: Palivou Estate and Estate Chrisohoou
Region: Nemea and Naoussa

A fine wine of deep garnet color. Its intense nose features complex aromas of ripe dark fruit and sweet spices that alternate at successive levels as it stays in the glass. On the palate the structure is full, with firm yet smooth tannins and a long length, leading to a pleasant aftertaste. It is a wine with long aging potential, however it can accompany at any time hearty, rich dishes based on red meat and game that can be grilled, cooked or broiled, as well as matured cheeses.

Michaelidis Estate is located in Agios Athanasios Dramas, a fertile area that is close to the ancient Philippi, where the archaeological finds testify to the cultivation of the vine and the existence of an ancient priesthood in Hellenistic times. The third generation, led by Jordan Michaelidis, takes the lead in 2004 with the aim of creating a state-of-the-art winery and producing quality wines that best integrate vinification techniques with local traditions.

Pyli White
Domaine Michaelidi

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Drama
Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Assyrtiko
Producer: Domaine Michaelidi
Region: East Macedonia & Thrace

Bright white-yellow color with greenish shades. Rich aromas of exotic fruits such as pineapples, litchi, blended with fine fragrances of citrus and white fruit. The mouth is elegant with refreshing acidity, particularly full of freshly cut fruit and pleasant long aftertaste.

Limnio is a red Greek wine grape variety that is indigenous to the Greek island of Lemnos. The grape has had a long history of wine production that may extend back to Ancient Greece with wine historians widely believing it was the grape variety, Lemnia, that was described by Aristotle as producing the famous red Lemnian wine. According to wine expert Oz Clarke, Limnio is “One of Greece’s most important red vines”.

Limnio
Vourvoukeli Estate

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Avdira
Variety: Limnio 100%
Producer: Vourvoukeli Estate
Region: Xanthi

Deep crimson color with mature, sophisticated and masculine aromas. One may distinguish skin and raisins, even ham & sweet cherry with earthy shades. Mouth with wealth, full of freshness, tannins and nerve, and a finish with characteristic notes of dried cherries.

Pamidi is an orange red-skinned grape variety, quite common in Northern Greece. It is found blended with darker varieties, as on its own it produces pink wines. Pamidi produces highly alcoholic, low in acidity and weak colored wines that yet are rich, with multiple levels revealing themselves on the palate. They are refreshing, cheerful on the palate with notes of pomegranate, strawberries and cherry-gooseberry jam, with a long smoothly sweet aftertaste. Match it with baked Feta in crust with honey, exotic cuisine dishes, fresh salads and strawberry sweets.

Avdiros Rosé
Vourvoukeli Estate

Type: Rosé, semi dry
Varieties: Pamidi 85%, Syrah 15%
Producer: Vourvoukeli Estate
Region: Xanthi

Deep rose color with rosy hues that inspire. Explosive aromas of red fruits with pronounced these cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant, complemented by aromas of rose and toffee to give a fun and cool effect. The initial sweetness balanced by acidity and the distinctive full body gives it a velvety feel on the palate. The exuberant fruity mouth is ending in a strong and long-lasting aftertaste with a touch of sweetness.

World Wines

In 1896, after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate in agronomy engineering from Alsace, finally found an Estate that inspired him. To set the scene, we are in Provence. The Mediterranean is lapping at the shore a mere stone’s throw away. In these parts, growing vines is the legacy of ancient times. Alas, a short while before Marcel Ott’s discovery, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper, but the vineyards would have to be replanted. The wine had lost a great deal of its soul in the vineyard’s reconstruction. Marcel Ott bought several Estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provencal wines from noble grape varieties, and he made it.

Domaine Ott Bandol Rose

Type: Rose, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Bandol A.C.
Varieties: Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache
Producer: Domaines Ott
Region: Provence

Its pale, ethereal pink color tinted with gold or orange, releases a bouquet of citrus fruits and white orchard flowers. On the palate, the immediate effect is lively and bright, revealing notes of pink grapefruit, fleshy fruit and, once the wine has had a chance to breathe, hints of fruit tart. The finish is complex and lasting.

“Le Garagiste”. The story started in the 70s in the Family garage and since then it’s been brought forward with heart, commitment and much presence of mind. From the simple things, Sandrone’s philosophy was born. Today as much as yesterday, but with stronger and solid roots, they keep on doing their work well.

Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2011

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)Barolo
Variety: Nebbiolo 100%
Producer: Luciano Sandrone
Region: Piedmont

The 2011 Barolo Le Vigne is defined by its internal tightness, muscularity and structure, with an overlay of delicate Nebbiolo perfume. The nose shows black fruits and licorice, black pepper and earthy mineral notes, with cola nut and subtle oak notes. On the palate, this wine is both more tannic and more elegant than its brother – the terroirs from which this wine is made give powerful, ripe tannins to the final wine, and the fruit never seems jammy or overly concentrated. Fruit balance and acidity are excellent and bode well for long-term aging. Finish is long and tight with considerable tannins and minerality.

Although the exact location of the first vines grown in Bordeaux is unknown, the vestiges of luxurious villas – the ancestors of today’s wine châteaux – have been found in Saint-Émilion. One such villa belonged to Ausone (Ausonius in Latin), poet-winemaker and Roman Consul in the 4th century AD. The expansion of the Saint-Émilion vineyards continued through the centuries, especially during the Middle Ages. The creation and development of the port of Libourne in the12th century, during the English occupation, led to thriving maritime.

Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A 2001

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)Saint-Émilion 1 Grant Cru A.C.
Variety: 42% Merlot, 58% Cabernet Franc
Producer: LVMH / Albert Frère
Region: Bordeaux

Featuring fine balance and a beautiful tannic texture, the 2001 vintage associates qualities that are particularly appreciated by the château wine making team: freshness, unctuousness, exuberant and satisfying fruitiness, and elegant complexity. The intense dark red color is starting to show some signs of age. Although red fruit aromas prevail, the very intense bouquet also shows blackberry, blackcurrant, tobacco, and violet notes, as well as subtle hints of oak. The wine is remarkably balanced and the oak is very well-integrated. Furthermore, the aftertaste is quite long and superbly fresh. The perfect balance and fine tannic grain of this vintage should enable it to go on improving for several decades.

Joseph Drouhin was a daring and enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region. In 1880, at the age of 22, he settled in Beaune and founded there his own wine company. His aim was to offer wines of great quality that would bear his name.

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos A.C. Joseph Drouhin

Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Chablis Grand Cru “Les Clos”
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Producer: Joseph Drouhin
Region: Bourgogne

A great wine, perhaps the one most able to express what the terroir of Chablis really is like. The color is pale gold yellow, with greenish hints. Refined nose, with aromas of lily (“fleur de lys”), honey or preserved lemon. Astounding depth and velvety sensation (“gras”) on the palate, with some delicate marine nuances. Intense and long aftertaste. After 5 or 6 years, even more complex and subtle aromas develop in the wine. A wine of incomparable finesse.

The name IXSIR derives from ‘Iksir’, the original Arabic word for ‘Elixir’, a word common to many languages that defines the purest form of all substances – a secret potion that grants eternal youth and love. The vision behind IXSIR is to reveal the best terroirs of Lebanon, some long since forgotten. Cultivated with respect to sustainable agriculture, IXSIR’s vineyards are spread across the mountains of Lebanon on clay-calcareous and limestone soil, from Batroun to Jezzine, benefiting from microclimates that are unique to Lebanon. IXSIR’s vineyards culminate at an altitude of 1,800 meters, making them the highest in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ixsir Grande Reserve Rosé

Type: Rosé, dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Batroun.
Varieties: Mourvedre 40%, Cinsault 40% and Syrah 20%
Producer: Ixsir
Region: Lebanon

A barrel aged rosé from Lebanon that offers a light strawberry and cream character alongside a touch of spice. Quite a delicate style despite the oak influence, and one that will work well with or without food. Hubert de Boüard of Château Angélus consults.

Bodegas Krontiras was created in 2004 by Constantinos Krontiras and Silvina Macipe-Krontiras. Their love for Argentina and their passion for good wine gave birth to a family owned, organic and biodynamic project whose wines offer a distinguished natural expression of the Mendoza terroir. They are dedicated in the production of natural wines through organic and biodynamic growing.

Doña Silvina Fresh Malbec (Malbec de Verano)

Type: Red, dry
Variety: Malbec 100%
Producer: Bodegas Krontiras
Region: Mendoza

An innovative and unique no oak 100% Malbec to be served cold at 10-12°C. It is made with the organic and biodynamic grapes from their Villa Seca, Maipu vineyard handpicked late in February or early in March and gone through a Double selection (cluster and grape) by hand. The early harvest, the fermentation with wild yeast create a fruity and fresh wine of intense color, red flower and fresh plum aromas, leading through its soft tannins to a smooth finish.

Deutz, formerly known as Deutz Geldermann, has its roots in Ay, one of Champagne’s historic and most renowned terroir. The house was founded in 1838 through the association of William Deutzwith Pierre-Hubert Geldermann, both wine merchants from Aix-La Chapelle. Convinced that a fine vineyard was the cornerstone of great wines, Geldermann, a Champagne salesman, and Deutz, a negotiator, started buying top quality plots and making wine. By combining their technical expertise, knowledge of markets and will to succeed, they developed the firm internationally.

Champagne Deutz Brut Classic

Type: White, Sparkling Dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Champagne
Varieties:  1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier
Producer: Champagne Deutz
Region: Champagne

Deutz Classic is blended in generally equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier to create a harmonious style. Each year a certain portion of reserve wines is added to the blend to maintain a level of consistency, and complexity. Most of the fruit is grown on Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.

Champagne Deutz Brut Rose

Type: Rose, Sparkling Dry
Category: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Champagne
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Boujy Rouger
Producer: Champagne Deutz
Region: Champagne

Elegant light pink. Refined nose marrying red berry fruits and biscuit tones. Fleshy attack on the palate with abundant freshness and focused aromas. An extremely delicate rosé with vibrant fruit. Serve with food or desserts.