Wine Producers in Greece

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Greece Wineries

Main Greek Wine Producers

Native grape varieties are cultivated in Greece along with the ‘international’ varieties.

Native varieties are used for the production of white wines, and the regions they are cultivated are:

Athiri (Aegean islands – mainly Rhodes and Macedonia), Assyrtico (mainly in Santorini, but also in Macedonia, Peloponnese etc.), Vilana (Crete), Malagousia (mainly in Macedonia), Muscat (in Samos, Rhodes, Cephalonia, Patras-Rio, Limnos), Moschofilero (in the Peloponnese-Arcadia, Messinia, etc.), Debina (in Zitsa, Ionannina), Roditis (almost everywhere in the mainland), Robola (in Cephalonia and some parts of the mainland), Savatiano (mainly in central Greece, Attica, Veotia etc.)

For red wine the native varieties are:

Aghiorghitiko (mainly in Nemea-Peloponese), Kotsifali (in Crete), Limnio or Kalambaki (mainly in Macedonia-Chalkidiki and in Limnos from where it originated), Mandelari or Mandelaria or Amorgiano (mainly in the Aegean islands of Paros, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, but also in the rest of Greece), Mavrodapne (in the Peloponnese: Achaia, in Cephalonia etc.) Xynimavro (in Macedonia: Naousa, Amyntaio and Goumenissa and in Thessaly).

The international varieties that are widely cultivated in Greece are:

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc mainly, but also Gew u rztraminer, Riesling, Semillorn, Trebbiano, Viognier (white), and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah (red).

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Alpha Estate

In the heart of the remote AOC region of Amynteon, the Bordeaux trained winemaker, Angelos Iatridis, chose to plant his vineyards, combining classical tradition with modern innovation. The combination of vineyards with northern exposure, sandy clay soils, ideal climatic conditions and Iatridis’ proven winemaking skills have given birth to cutting-edge wines produced from both indigenous and international grape varieties.

Winery:
Nymfeo – Florina
Tel/Fax: +30 23860 24077
Fax: +30 2310 476244
e- mail: [email protected]
www.alpha-estate.gr

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Domaine Gerovassiliou

In Epanomi, only a few miles southwest of the charming city of Thessaloniki, the Bordeaux trained Evangelos Gerovassiliou built his state-of-the-art winery. The mild local climate, close proximity to the sea and sandy clay soils bring out the best qualities in the grapes grown here which produce a range of world class wines.

Winery:
57500 Epanomi
Tel: +30 23920 44567
Fax: +30 23920 44560
e-mail: [email protected]
www.gerovassiliou.gr

Domaine Porto Carras

At the point where the lush slopes of Mount Meliton on the western coast of Halkidiki, flow gently into the clear waters of the Gulf of Torone, we find the 475 hectares of the spectacularly terraced Domaine Porto Carras vineyards which make up one of the largest and most picturesque vineyards in all of Europe. The first plantings began in 1967 with the assistance of the famous French Professor Emile Peynaud and in 1981 the area was granted the AOC designation, Côtes de Meliton, for the production of distinctive white and red wines.

Athens Headquarters
20 Solomou Str.,
174 56 Alimos,
Athens – Greece
Tel: +30 210 9949809
Fax: +30 210 9949457
e-mail: [email protected]
www.portocarraswines.gr

Winery
Neos Marmaras
630 81 Halkidiki
Macedonia – Greece
Tel: +30 23750 77000
Fax: +30 23750 71229

US Importer
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hampstead NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

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Ktima Kir Yianni

Yiannis Boutaris created the first Estate vineyard in Yianakohori in the late 1960’s spearheading the revival of the Naoussa Appellation. In 1996 he left the Boutari Company, retaining the well tended vineyards of Yianakohori and Amyndaio, to establish his new company, Ktima Kir Yianni. His two sons, Stelios and Michalis, both US college graduates, are an integral part of the family business in charge of the day-to-day operations.

Winery:
Yianakohori 592 00,
Naoussa, Imathia
Tel/Fax: +30 23320 51100
www.kiryianni.gr

Athens Offices:
57 Agias Varvaras Str.
152 31 Athens
Tel: +30 210 6716050
Fax: +30 210 6716189
e-mail: [email protected]

Thessaloniki Offices:
3 Victoros Hugo Str.
546 25 Thessaloniki
Tel: +30 2310 520650
Fax: +30 2310 524430

US Importer
Sotiris Bafitis Selections
1810 Ingleside Terrace NW
Suite 3
Washington DC 20010
Phone: 202-483-5436
www.sotirisbafitisselections.com

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Ktima Pavlidis

In the foothills of Mount Falakro near the city of Drama, the fast rising star,“Ktima Pavlidis” was established in 1998 by the dynamic, Cristophoros Pavlidis. The 30 hectare vineyards include a mixture of indigenous and international varieties planted in calcareous soils, which promotes the production of wines with a refined taste and unique identity.

Winery
Kokkinogeia 66100 Drama
Macedonia – Greece
Tel: +30 25210 58300
e-mail: [email protected]
www.ktima-pavlidis.gr

US Importer
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hampstead NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

Mount Athos Vineyards

The vineyards surrounding the Metohi of Chromitsa, property of the St. Panteleimon Monastery and under cultivation by Evangelos Tsantalis SA, extend across an area of 80 hectares along the terraced slopes of Mount Athos. These vineyards, isolated from other agricultural areas, provide ideal conditions for the practice of organic farming. In this unique ecosystem, world-class wines are produced from a careful selection of indigenous and international grapes.

Winery
Mount Athos Vineyards – E.Tsantali Wines
630 80 Agios Pavlos Halkidiki
Tel: +30 23990 76100
e-mail: [email protected]
www.tsantali.gr

US Importer
Fantis Foods
60 Triangle Blvd
NJ 07072
Tel: 201 9336200

Aegean Islands Samos and Rhodes

Samos Island

The island of Samos, whose history of wine culture dates back to the third millennium B.C., gained an unparalleled and long-lasting international reputation for its sweet Muscat wines that began in the 1600’s. Now entering its fifth millennium of wine production, the island’s wines are as outstanding and fabulously delicious today as they were in the time of the Renaissance.

Wine and History on Samos

Samos island has a splendid history that is inextricably linked with its vineyards. Wine jugs, or amphorae, dating back to 2800 B.C. have been unearthed on Samos -beyond that, however, the island’s early history is quite literally shrouded in myth. Local legend holds that vines were first brought to the island by one of the Argonauts, who taught the residents the art of winegrowing and stayed around to marry Samia, daughter of the island’s king.

If one subscribes to the simplest explanation rather than the most romantic, however, one might be more likely to believe that the first grapevines planted on Samos were simply carried across the narrow strait from Turkey, in those days Asia Minor. That is almost certainly how Samos Muscat arrived on the island.

Samos Island: Synonymous with Muscat

Although many other grape varieties have grown on Samos over many hundreds of years, the island and the Muscat of Samos grape have become nearly synonymous in modern times. European writers had documented the existence of the Moscato Aspro, or Muscat of Samos grape, on the island by 1678 -however, it is likely that Muscat vines grew there many years prior to that date. The reason European writers cared about it at all is because Muscat of Samos had by that time already become one of Europe’s true wine sensations.

France's Influence on the Island's Winegrowers

Like many popular entities, the grape growers of Samos had an intense, love-hate relationship with their European fans. As Samian wine became more and more popular in their country, French wine merchants sought to insinuate themselves into the chain of production, both to maximize their own profits and to ensure the both the quality and quantity of wine production for their thirsty markets.

In some ways, French involvement on the island was benevolent: for example, the French were instrumental in the construction of Samos’ spectacular vineyard terrace system, which extends far up Samos’ steep hillsides and allows for grapes to be grown in the island’s higher, cooler elevations. However, when France’s vineyards were perishing of phylloxera, the French took Muscat cuttings from the island -virtually all the Muscat vines planted in France are believed to come from Samos–and it was likely the French themselves who brought the same pest back to Samos, wreaking havoc on growers there. It of course is worth mentioning that in 1956, Samos was granted a French appellation designation, the only one outside of France today.

Samos Takes Control of its Destiny

Ultimately, it was efforts to stem France’s influence on Samos that propelled the island winery into the modern age and put her in charge of her own destiny. During the time period between the two World Wars, wine glut conditions existed in Europe, and prices for Samos Muscat fell far below sustainable levels.

In 1934, in an effort to preserve the highly desirable -and historically profitable- nature of the island’s wines, and wrest control from the French who monopolized their distribution, the Greek government issued a presidential mandate decreeing that all wine carrying the name of Samos would henceforth be produced from Muscat exclusively, that vineyard acreage would be limited, and that Samos Muscat would be produced by a locally run co-operative of growers who would buy all the fruit produced on the island. Muscat, which was already the life-blood of Samos’ winegrowers, became her only commercially viable varietal.

Today, ninety-eight percent of all vines planted on Samos are Muscat of Samos. And France, still Samos’ largest customer, no longer exerts a stranglehold over the island’s wine industry.

Today on Samos

Thanks to the breakaway Super Tuscan movement in Italy in the 1970’s and the formation of the Meritage Society in California, appellation designation has become less essential in recent times: an appellation is no longer the only way of assuring one’s potential customer of a wine’s quality. Although sweet, traditional, appellation marked Samos Muscat still enjoys bona fide celebrity status in countries throughout Europe, the winery now also produces contemporary dry table wines made from its Muscat that command attention amongst fine Italian Pinot Grigios and the dry wines of the Alsace region.

Until recently, Samos had a gaping hole in its circle of influence: the US market. After a fashion, Samos wines have been available in the US from importers who adhered, technically at least, to EU appellation law, purchasing wine from the island and putting the name Samos on their labels. Now, however, in partnership with Trireme Imports and represented by a family whose roots still run deep in Samos, the winery has taken back control over its destiny, much as it did from France in the early twentieth century.

Samos Wine

  • In 1934 a Greek presidential mandate decreed that only wine made from the Muscat of Samos grape and in certain styles could carry the Samos name. This mandate was put in place to ensure protection for what many considered to be Greece’s most highly regarded (and most exportable) wines, and is thought to be an early precursor to the contemporary Greek appellation system.
  • In 1956 French law was written which specifically allowed Samos to sell its wines in France under the “Superior Quality” designation, a privilege normally reserved only for French wine. Samos therefore became the only French appellation outside of France.
  • In the late 1950’s early references to Greece’s entry into the EU specifically mentioned Samos island and her wines.

Rhodes Island

Island of the Knights

Rhodes, the largest island of the Dodecanese group and the third largest in Greece, is located in the Southeastern part of the Aegean Sea very close to the coast of Asia Minor. The total area is 1,398 sq km. The island is 78km long and 38km at its widest point and has 220 km of beachfront areas. The population is over 90,000 people, of which approximately 60,000 live in the city of Rhodes.

The island of Rhodes, also known as “the emerald of the Aegean Sea”, is famous not only for its natural beauty and rich history, but for its wines as well. Although Rhodes has been renowned for its wines since ancient times, it is thanks to the wine loving Italians, who inhabited the island between 1912-1945, that viticulture and winemaking were rediscovered after the Turkish occupation. The wine trade has flourished on the island ever since.

Crete Island

The winemaking tradition of Crete dates back almost 4000 years ago to the celebrated Minoan Civilization. The vineyards of Crete are planted on the northern part of the island, protected from the warm African winds by the mountains that crisscross the island from east to west. The unique Cretan ecosystem provides the ideal environment for the production of the AOC Archanes, Peza, Dafnes and Sitia wines in addition to several well made vins-de-pays.The most popular grapes are Vilana, Kotsifali, Mandelaria and Liatico as well as Chardonnay, Syrah and the hard to find Plyto, Dafni and Thrapsathiri varieties.

Santorini Island

Santorini has a great tradition in viticulture, at least 3500 years old. Its unique climate combined with the composition of the soil has made wine varieties with a distinct personality.

Santorini has one of the oldest vineyards all over the world that dates from the prehistoric times. The main varieties of grapes grown in Santorini and giving all the variety of its wines are Assyrtiko (which gives 80% of the production of Santorini), Athiri and Aidani from white and Mantilaria, Mavrotragano and Voutomato from the red ones. The wines of Santorini are characterized by intense aromas and flavors and high alcohol grades.

Santorini wine making

The ancient civilization of Santorini was completely destroyed by a catastrophic volcanic explosion that occurred somewhere between 1620-1640, BC. With every trace of life gone, all that remained was covered with volcanic ash; lava and pumice stone, which eventually lead to the creation of a compact soil, called aspa. It was in Santorini that Archeologists discovered the ancient village of Acrotiri, the oldest and best-preserved bronze-age village in Europe. The archeologists unearthed a great deal of evidence here that indicated the existance of viniculture and winemaking as far back as the Bronze Age. They found carbonized grape seeds, drawings that included evidence of vine cultivation and winemaking as well as numerous amphoras that were used to store the wine. Ironincally, it was the aspa created from the volcanic lava that preserved this ancient era in Greek Civilization for future generations to study.

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Samos' Cooperative

The UWC Samos is one of the oldest cooperatives in Greece and it is included in one of the biggest wineries nationally! Samos wine is one of the basic Greek wine ambassadors abroad, with exports all over the world. Nowadays, 2.200 producers participate in the Cooperative as members.

United Winemaking Agricultural Cooperative of Samos,
Malagari, 83100, Samos

Blog: samiaampelos.gr
FB: ΕΟΣ Σάμου / UWC Samos

Secretary:
Phone:22730-87510
Fax. 22730.23907
Sales:
Phone: 694 0273831
22730 87510, εσωτ. 539
Exportation Sales:
Phone: 22730 87510, εσωτ. 537
Marketing
Phone: 22730 87510 εσωτ. 539, 538
http://samoswine.gr/en/
e-mail: [email protected]

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Emery Winary

The Emery winery, still one of the largest in Greece, was built in 1974 in the village of Embona at an altitude of 700m. The vineyards are cultivated on the northwesterly slopes of Mount Attaviros, celebrated for the quality of their Athiri and Amorgiano (Mandilaria) grapes, indigenous varieties known for their characteristically low yields. Decades of collaboration with local vine growers from the region, coupled with Emery’s expertise and commitment, have enabled them to build a distinctive range of quality wines from these unique Greek varietal grapes, many grown since ancient times.

Winery:
Afstralias 28 & Kolokotroni Str.
851 00 Rhodes
Tel: +30 210 6844336
e-mail: [email protected]
www.emery.gr

US Importer
Athena Importing
31-36 44th Str.
Astoria
NY 11103
Tel: 917 8341476

Boutari Estate

Not far from the famous archaeological site of Knossos, near the village of Skalani, lies the Fantaxometocho Estate (“haunted cottage”), the most southern of the Boutari estate vineyards. The clay and limestone soils, exceptional Cretan climate and close proximity to the sea combine to bring out the finest qualities of the indigenous and international grape varieties cultivated on the estate. The estate’s new cutting edge winery is one of the most modern in Europe producing wines worthy of the island’s ancient wine-making tradition.

Boutari – Fantaxometocho Estate
Paterno Wines International
900 Armour Drive
Lake Bluff IL 60044
Tel: 847 6045781
Fax: 847 6045828
e-mail: [email protected]

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Sigalas Wine Company

Located in the town of Oia, famous for its captivating sunsets, Paris Sigala’s winery was built in the traditional architectural style and color of the Cyclades Islands. Sigalas, known for his involvement with the restoration of the historic Santorini vineyards, also practices organic farming and gives special incentives to farmers that are willing to grow their grapes organically.

Winery
Sigalas Winery
Baxes Oia
84702 Santorini
Tel: +30 22860 71644
Fax: +30 22860 71645
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.sigalas-wine.gr

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Gaia Wines

Gaia was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos with a commitment to producing quality wine from the unique indigenous grapes of their native Greece. Both owners have degrees in agronomy from the University of Thessaloniki and Paraskevopoulos also received a Ph.D in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux II.

Winery
22, Themistokleous
15122 Maroussi,
Athens – Greece
Tel: 210 8055642 / 8055643
Fax: 210 8055542
E-mail: [email protected]
www.gaia-wines.gr
Wineries in Nemea and Santorini

US Importer
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hampstead NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

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Estate

Not far from the famous archaeological site of Knossos, near the village of Skalani, lies the Fantaxometocho Estate (“haunted cottage”), the most southern of the Boutari estate vineyards. The clay and limestone soils, exceptional Cretan climate and close proximity to the sea combine to bring out the finest qualities of the indigenous and international grape varieties cultivated on the estate. The estate’s new cutting edge winery is one of the most modern in Europe producing wines worthy of the island’s ancient wine-making tradition.

Boutari – Fantaxometocho Estate
Paterno Wines International
900 Armour Drive
Lake Bluff IL 60044
Tel: 847 6045781
Fax: 847 6045828
e-mail: [email protected]

Peloponnese

Peloponnese is one of the most important wine-producing regions of our country since it has the largest vineyards in Greece. The high mountains divide it into natural small bands with a different microclimate that offer us a wide variety of wines with interesting diversity in colors, aromas and flavors.

Wines and Grape Varieties of Peloponnese

Agiorgitiko (red) and Moschofilero (white), followed by the known varieties Roditis, Mavrodaphne, Moschato, Avgoustiatis, Kydonitsa, Verzami, Mavrostipho and the international varieties Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Gewurtzraminer.

Peloponnese Wine Roads

Nemea, Achaia (with more interesting areas of Aegialia and Kalavrita), Messinia, Ilia, Lakonia, and of Arcadia (Mantineia).
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Antonopoulos Vineyards

Antonopoulos Vineyards was founded by the late, Konstantinos Antonopoulos and his vision lives on and provides inspiration for owner, Yiannis Halikias, who continues the tradition of producing cutting edge wines. The vineyards, located just south of Patras on the slopes of the Achaia mountains, consist of unique indigenous varieties and well adapted French grapes which combine to produce wines that continue to receive the international recognition and acclaim they deserve.

Winery
101 25th Martiou Str.
Paralia Patron
26500 Patra
Tel: +30 2610 525459
e-mail: [email protected]

US Importer
Fantis Foods
60 Triangle Blvd
NJ 07072
Tel: 201 9336200

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Domaine Spiropoulos

This modern winery and most of the vineyards are located in the heart of Arcadia in Ancient Mantinia with other vineyards in Nemea. The Spiropoulos family, closely associated with winemaking since 1860, has also been pioneering in the production of organic viticulture since 1993. Their high quality wines are produced under the supervision of UC-Davis trained Apostolos Spiropoulos.

Winery:
Artemisio Arcadias
Ancient Mantinia
22100 Arcadia
Tel: +30 27960 61400
Fax: +30 27960 61406
e-mail: [email protected]
www.domainspiropoulos.com

Athens Office
27 Chrisanthemon street
14121 Athens
Tel: +30 210 2845962
Fax: +30 210 2820207

US Importer
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hampstead
NY 11551
Tel: 516 505 4800

Domaine Tselepos

In the mountainous region of Trifilia at an altitude of 500 meters, the dream of winemaker, Konstantinos Tsolis, and viticulturist, Filippos Koukis came to its realization in 1994 with the construction of the modern boutique Konstantinos Winery. Their innovative thinking help bring varieties such as Tempranillo to the Peloponnesian vineyard for the first time and provides the driving force for the production of fine wines from both indigenous and international varieties.

Winery
244 00 Mouzaki Messinia
Tel: +30 27630 22125
e-mail: [email protected]

US Importer
Trireme Imports
13242 Fremington Rd
Huntersville NC 28078
Tel/Fax: 704 8751973
e-mail: [email protected]

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Mercouri Estate

In the western Peloponnese, near ancient Olympia is the family owned Mercouri Estate with 150 years of history in the production of wine, currants and olive oil. Vassilis and Christos Kanellakopoulos, fourth generation of the Mercouri family, have revived the winemaking tradition of this historic property with the production of distinctively branded products.

Mercouri Estate S.A.
Wine and Olive Oil Producers
GR-271 31 Korakohori Ilia Greece
Tel. : 0030 26210 41601
Fax : 0030 26210 41901

+3026210 41601
[email protected]

www.mercouri.gr

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Oenoforos

On the beautiful slopes of Aegio, we find the Oenoforos winery built on five levels, utilizing gravity in order to provide a natural flow for the must. The site was chosen by the Bordeaux trained winemaker Angelos Rouvalis after extensive research of the surrounding area and neighboring vineyards. Rouvalis and his partner Yiannis Karabatsos have had a very positive influence on the development of the wine growing region of Aegialia.

Winery:
251 00 Selinous Aegio
Tel: +30 26910 29415
Fax: +30 26910 60380
e-mail: [email protected]

US Importer
Nestor Imports
225 Broadway Suite 2911
New York NY 10007-3001
Tel: 212 2671133
Fax: 212 2672233

Palivos Estate

Located in Ancient Nemea, just steps from the temple of Zeus is the Palivos Estate. George Palivos, a third generation winemaker, has carefully selected his vineyards in the heart of Nemea for the production of high quality wines made from local and international grapes.

+30 2746 0 24190
+30 2746 0 20191
20500 ANCIENT NEMEA, CORINTH
 

US Importers:
Stellar Imports
166-23 17TH Road Whitestone,
New York NY11357
Tel: 718 3521180
e-mail: [email protected]

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Papantonis Winery

Kallie and Anthony Papantonis chose Argos, the region of their birthplace, to build their attractive boutique winery. They selected a location with optimal microclimatic conditions for the cultivation of the Agiorghitiko grape near the village of Malandreni within the AOC region of Nemea.

Winery:
48 Kanari Street
GR-212 00 Argos
Greece
Tel: +30 27510 23620
Fax: +30 27510 24719
e-mail: [email protected]
www.papantonis.gr

US Importer
Emilia Imports
46 Turnbull Drive Rome
GA 30161
Tel: 706 2952778

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Domaine Skouras

Over the last fifteen years, the Burgundy trained winemaker George Skouras has brought his Domaine to the forefront of Greek Estates producing wines with native and international grapes. Skouras has built one winery near Argos, another in the bucolic village of Gymno, in the AOC region of Nemea and a third is under construction.

Winery:
Domaine Skouras
10th Km Argos-Sterna
21200 Argos
Greece
Tel: +30 27510 23688, 63098, 63688
Fax: +30 27510 23159
e-mail: [email protected]
www.skouraswines.com

US Importer
Diamond Importers
528 Wrightwood Road
Chicago
Ilinois 60614
Tel: 773 546 6211
e-mail: diamon[email protected]

Gaia Wines

Gaia was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos with a commitment to producing quality wine from the unique indigenous grapes of their native Greece. Both owners have degrees in agronomy from the University of Thessaloniki and Paraskevopoulos also received a Ph.D in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux II. The first wine they produced in 1994 was the AOC Santorini wine, Thalassitis that has become one of their signature wines. Their first vintage yielded less than 10,000 bottles, but as its popularity has grown the production of Thalassitis, made from the noble Assyrtiko grape, now exceeds 100,000 bottles a year.

Winery
22, Themistokleous
15122 Maroussi,
Athens – Greece
Tel: 210 8055642 / 8055643
Fax: 210 8055542
E-mail: [email protected]
www.gaia-wines.gr
Wineries in Nemea and Santorini

US Importer
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hampstead NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

Crete

Crete

Wine has been made on Crete since Minoan times and is renown for its powerful red wines .

Crete
Wine area: 50.581ha (hectares)
Wine production: 959.480 hl (hectoliters)
Varieties: * Vilana, * Kotsifali, * Liatiko, * Mantilaria, * Romheiko.

Lefkada at a glance

With easy access, high mountains, stunning and award-winning beaches, remarkable countryside villages and a green hinterland, Lefkada gains a distinct position among the most popular summer destinations of the Ionian Sea and beyond. Here you will find organized beaches, bustling nightlife resorts, lively anchorages with dozens of recreational craft. It has impressive coasts with white sand and clear blue waters, the most famous of which are Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma.

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Lefkada town

The city of Lefkada, a "gatekeeper" for those who approach the island by road through the mobile bridge, the Castle of Agia Mavra, the modern marina, the two-story colorful houses, the interesting churches and the vibrant life give the first positive impression.

What to do

A walk in the city of Lefkada is one of the first things to do on the island. Visit the fortress of Agia Mavra, Archaeological Museum. Take a bike and explore the island. Nydri is ideal for diving and water sports. Visit the nearby islands of Kalamos and Kastos and the waterfalls of Nydri.

Food & Beverages

Like all the Ionian islands, Lefkada, thanks to its climate, has a large production of excellent quality agricultural products: olive oil, citrus, thyme honey, grapes and excellent quality wines.

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    Lefkada 2645 0 29375
    
Vasiliki 2645 0 31218
    
Karya 2645 0 41208
    
Vlychos 2645 0 95207
    
Tourist Police of Lefkada 2645 0 29379

Port Authorities

    Port Authority of Lefkada 2645 0 22322
    
Nydri Port Authority 2645 0 92509

Other useful services

    Post Office 2645 0 24225
    
OTE 2645 0 2118
    
Fire Department 2645 0 22199
    
Tourist Information 2645 0 23000
    
Archaeological Museum 2645 0 23678
    
Olympic Airlines 2645 0 22881
    
KTEL 2645 0 22364
    
Taxi 2645 0 22218

Municipalities

    Lefkada 2645 0 23354
    
Karya 2645 0 41213
    
Apollonia 2645 0 31131

Hospitals-First Aid

    Lefkada Hospital 2645 0 25371
    
Health Center of Lefkada 2645 0 31065
    
Health Center of Vlychou 2645 0 95204
    
Vassiliki Health Center 2645 0 31065
    
Health Center of Nydri 2645 0 92228

Like all the Ionian islands, Lefkada, thanks to its climate, has a large production of excellent quality agricultural products: olive oil, citrus, thyme honey, grapes and excellent quality wines. As for wine, what is produced by the Vartsami variety is considered one of the best in Greece. In addition to wine, you can taste some of the aromatic liqueurs such as Rosol, Mint and Rose, as well as non-alcoholic beverages from bitter almonds, cuma.

The cuisine of Lefkada does not differ from traditional Mediterranean cuisine but has some particular features from Venetian cuisine, as is the case in all the Ionian islands, which have been for years under the Venetian rule. So, you can try a great variety of seafood and meat dishes as well as delicious desserts. More specifically, try:

    Sausages, especially spicy.
    Saboros: fish cooked with garlic, onion and rosemary.
    Aliada, a seafood dish with fresh fish.
    Sweet snacks: mandolato and pastelli.
    Traditional oil house.

Of course, you can also find every taste of traditional Greek cuisine, mezedes or main dishes: tzatziki, moussaka, shrimp salad, calamarias, stew, souvlaki and round. Lefkada’s options are too many and you can find ouzeries, taverns, fish taverns, luxury restaurants.

Beaches worth visiting in Lefkada

Porto Katsiki

It is the most popular beach in Lefkada and is located on the southwest coast of the island, 40 km from the capital. It has often been described as the best beach in Greece and attracts a lot of people during the summer. It is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters, surrounded by rocks, accessible by 80 steps. You can either go by car and leave it on top of the hill, either by boat from the port of Nydri or from Basilica.

Katisma

Kathisma beach is located on the east coast of the island, 14 km from the capital. It is an exotic beach, with white sand, turquoise water and one of the most beloved on the island. It is well organized with sun loungers, umbrellas and sports activities.

Nydri

In Nidri village, you can visit the homonymous beach, offering all sorts of amenities for guests. There are many hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as water activities. It is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches on the eastern coast, 17 km from the capital. The beach is ideal for sunbathing or swimming in the clear waters.

Vassiliki

You will find it south of the capital, at a distance of 38 kilometers in the village of Vasiliki. It is well known to windsurfers, who prefer it because of favorable winds. There are windsurfing and sailing clubs that offer equipment and training to those interested. The beach is unique, with pebbles and is ideal for people of all ages. In the area you can find many accommodations, bars, restaurants and shops.

‘St. John – Agios Ioanis

If you prefer more quietness and you do not want cosmic beaches, choose the beach of Agios Ioannis, which is just 2 km from the capital. It is an exotic coast with turquoise waters and fine sand. It is the second most popular coast for windsurfing and kite surfing.

Agios Nikitas

The small, picturesque beach of Agios Nikitas is located in the homonymous village, 12 km west of the capital. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the site and you can eat fresh fish in one of the fish taverns on the coast.

Egremni

It is another steep but beautiful beach in Lefkada. It is located between hills and is only accessible by descending the 250 steps that connect it to the top of the hill. Due to its location it is very quiet, without a lot of people and is suitable for family getaways. You can rent umbrellas and sun loungers. It is located on the west coast at a distance of 30 kilometers from the center of the island and is definitely worth a visit.

Peukoulia

It is also an equally popular beach, near the village of Agios Nikitas, on the west coast. It is bustling because it is one of the most beautiful beaches, with crystal clear waters, which are ideal for swimming.

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