Ionian Islands Wines by Style
Ionian Islands Wines by Producer
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.
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.