Central Greece Wines by Style
Central Greece White Wines
Central Greece Producers
This family winery is run by 2nd generation winemaker brothers Dimitris (oenologist) & Yannis (viticulturist). Their 7.5 hct large vineyard was replanted in 1997 with Assyrtiko & Malagousia and in 2000 with Xinomavro, which plot represents the southernmost planting of Xinomavro. It lies on the Slopes Knimidos, near Atalanti, at 440m altitude from sea level and receives the cooling breezes originating both from the Aegean Sea and the Northern Euboean Gulf, as well as the mountain mass of Parnassus. The winery was established in 2000 and operates in full & certified organic mode, producing a total of 20000 bottles a year.
Kontozisis Vineyards are located at the foothills of Mount Agrafa, one of the most steep mountain ranges of the country near Karditsa, a rural town in the region of Thessaly. They are a family-owned winery, run by young generation partners Andreas Kontozisis and Aphrodite Tousia and working on 11 hectares of vineyards. The winery has been designed to handle the fruits of a perfectly sustainable viticultural practice. They have achieved organic certification in 1991, being one of the first wine producers in Greece to obtain such certification and they are committed to sustainability, both in the vineyards and the cellar. They are passionate about working with indigenous grape varieties, such as Roditis, Malagousia and Limniona. For Limniona, they have developed a proprietary vine-tending technique, in order to get as much concentration as possible from the variety’s large grapes. All grapes are hand harvested and yields are kept very low to maximize quality. No presses and no commercial yeasts are used during winemaking.
The Markou family is continuing a family tradition of 150 years in viticulture and wine production with love and knowledge. Their modern winery was founded in Peania Attica in 1983, a region famous since antiquity for the making of wine and in particular the traditional Attican ‘retsina’ (wine flavoured with pine resin). They cultivate 10 hectares of privately-owned vineyards in Attica and 10 hectares in Nemea. Their production is supplemented with grapes of fine viticulturists, who work under the winery’s guidance on long-term collaborations.
The winery sits at the heart of the 40ha large family vineyard in Gialtra, a small village of northern Evia, 14 km from Aidipsos Spa town. The vineyard spreads across the foothills of mountain “Telethrio”, next to Istiaia and the Aegean Sea, at an altitude ranging from 150 to 400m. The first plantings of mainly indigenous grape varieties were carried out by Konstantinos Vriniotis’s father. Amongst them, Vradiano is a rare and endangered Greek variety, only to be found in Northern Evia and due to its remote location and challenging access nowhere else in the world. The family has revived and cultivates the variety in the last 20 years, producing two monovarietal wines, the highly acclaimed Vradiano Wild Ferment, a highly extracted red, matured in French oak for 12 months and the unusual “herbal” and food-friendly rose, IAMA. The winemaking at the winery is a family affair, always done with care and the necessary help of modern technology with a human in command. Red wines mature in the winery’s own cellar and they are bottled unfiltered.