Vineyards

Our oldest vineyard lies on the slopes of Corinthia at 250m altitude, facing north towards the Gulf of Corinth. The shape of the little valley, where our grapevines are planted, enables a good circulation of the cool night breeze ensuring a slow and full grape ripening. The soil is a calcareous limestone, giving the wines aromatic complexity and depth.
The other vineyard lies at high altitude (850m) near the village of Sofiana, facing southeast. Here the aromatic white grapes such as Muscat or Sauvignon Blanc but also the red grapes such as Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon show their great potential. The soil is a sandy clay, this resulting in wines with richness and body, able to age and improve for many years.

 

Cultivating Methods
                                                                                                                            
Τop priority for us is the production of high quality grapes. Therefore the yields are kept low and the maturity of the grapes is constantly analyzed in order to harvest at the best stage. Furthermore, we believe that pesticides or fertilizers should be used only when absolutely necessary and in small quantities. Whenever it is possible organic products are applied. The method of “green harvest” is used in order to get more concentrated and ripe grapes. The problem in a sun-plagued country like Greece is to harvest really mature grapes, so we wait until they are ready, thereby risking the whole production…a difficult decision, but usually it works!

Winery

Our small winery lies at Lalioti, surrounded by the vineyards. Our grapes are brought there and are vinified, stored and bottled with care. The vinification takes place in stainless steel-tanks and the ageing in our cellar, where the barrels are stored. In the first stage, 300lt. –barrels are used, mainly from French oak. The second stage requires bigger casks, in order to avoid too much oak taste in our wines. Instead, we believe that the micro-oxygenation these big casks give is necessary for the development of complex wines.