Ionian Islands

 This group of mostly large islands to the west of the mainland shows a different geological and climate profile with diverse vegetation and again numerous terroirs dotted by their very own indigenous grape varieties. Winters are mild and rainy and so are the summers with maritime influences. Cephalonia holds the most prominent place in the group currently and thanks to its inactive volcano Aenos, benefits from soils loaded with minerals and sloppy vineyard stretches. It has three PDO appellations for the local varieties Robola of Cephalonia, Muscat of Cephalonia and Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia. Next to it, as much geographically as historically, lies Zakynthos which offers a unique wine experience with its indigenous white varieties Goustolidi, Tsaoussi and Pavlo and red variety Avgoustiatis. This is where the recently revived Ionian grape Zakynthino also originates from. Not to be missed is red Vertzami from Lefkada, which yields distinctive deep coloured aromatic red wines and Vardea, an aromatic and tannic indigenous white variety of this island. Lastly, Corfu falls no short in local grapes and wine styles with white Kakotrygis and red Black Robola leading the way.
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Grampsas
Lefkas Earth
Melissinos/Petrakapoulos
Nicolouzo
Grampsas
The Grampsas Winery is located in the semi-mountainous village of Lagopodo at the foot of Mount Vrachionas in Zakynthos (Zante), one of the largest Ionian islands across from Kefalonia.Childhood memories of grape harvest scenes smell and meaningful conviviality has led the two brothers, Christos and Tassos, to create a modern winery within the Estate they grew up in 2011. Their aim is to showcase the unexplored wealth of local varieties, such as Goustolidi and Avgoustiatis and to restore the island’s reputation as a place with great vinicultural potential on the wine map of Greece. Loyal to the tradition and keeping up to date with winemaking developments, they aim to offer a unique terroir-focusing experience to wine lovers.
Lefkas Earth
The history of “Lefkas Earth” started in 2000 when Dimitris Rombotis, a graduate of wine studies with experience as responsible vine-dresser in several wine-cellars around Greece, established the first wine cellar in the village of Sivros in South Lefkas. His close collaboration with the wine producers of the area resulted in high-quality first material and led to the plantation of new vineyards. Following the requests of modern times, we have moved to the construction of a modern winery which is open to the public and it is situated on the main road of Nydri – Vassiliki, above Sivota, offering a new blow and new dynamics, for even better results.

The wine-making and bottling take place in the two large buildings. The modern equipment consists of stainless fermentation tanks with temperature control in every step of the production, pre-fermentation tanks, stabilization tanks, destemmer and pumps that ensure the minimum strain on the grapes, oak barrels for the ageing, a laboratory for quality control, automatic and semi-automatic bottling equipment as well as an air-conditioned cellar for the ageing of the already bottled wine.
Melissinos/Petrakapoulos

Reviving the family estate at Ano Thiramona, at the southern part of the island of Cephalonia, the winery has experimented with the indigenous varieties of the island, some of which, if not totally forgotten, have certainly become neglected over time. Mount Aenos, in the middle of the island, divides Kefalonia into its northern and southern parts, creating many different microclimates, even at short distances. The volcanic character of the island and the peninsula of Paliki offer even more variety in the soil morphology and composition. Last but not least in importance effect over the quality of Cephalonian wine is the delayed advent of phylloxera on the island (1970) and the preservation of old own-rooted vineyards. The winery promotes this varietal diversity and reveals the natural potential of the local grapes by producing high-quality wines with minimum intervention in a limited number of bottles. Their Mavrodaphne wines come from autochthonous ungrafted plants of the local and superior island clone.

Nicolouzo

Anastasio Nicoluzo is a Corfiot who is studying the vinicultural tradition of Corfu island in much depth and detail and dedicates his work in the revival of the forgotten grape varieties that used to thrive on the island but have now been pushed to extinction. He experiments with local grapes, such as Kakotrygis, Xeropodia, Robola White, Muscat or Moschatelo, Petrokoritho White, Tsoupi White or Korakianitiko White, Gkouzianiti, Petrokoritho Black, Robola Black, Skopelitico, Tsoupi Black or Korakianitiko Black, Afioni, Fidia, Mantzavi, Koumi, Katsakoulias. He traces historical evidence, releases only the wines and vintages that come up to his expectations and produces a tiny number of bottles every year. He cultivates and vinifies with minimal intervention. Amongst his private customers have been heavy names of the world celebrity scene.

Nicoluzo

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