per bottle (1500 ml)
An old autochthonous Greek grape playing new tricks: whilst mostly used in the production of fortified sweet wines, especially in the past, it can also create very interesting dry red wines, when treated with knowledge, forward vision and the necessary attention, both on the vineyard and in the winery. This is a truly fine wine, with very interesting aromatics, well developed body, complexity and balance, marked by delightful tannins and the characteristic deep colour of Mavrodaphne. Makes a great drinking choice now but has also an excellent ageing potential.
Mavrodaphne, meaning black laurel in Greek, is indigenous to Achaea region in Northern Peloponnese. It produces almost opaque, dark coloured red wines and represents flavours of caramel, chocolate, coffee, raisins and plums.
The winery’s founder, Aristidis Papargyriou, planted his first vineyards in 1978, with the aim to produce wines of high quality and distinctive character. He chose matched varieties with high potential for the region, such as Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc, the local Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Agiorgitiko and Mavrodaphne. In the early ‘90s, the first Papargyriou wines were released. Yannis, his son, with studies in Agriculture and winemaking at the famous Wine Institute of Geisenheim in Germany, has been continuing his work since then and expanded the family’s vineyard, originally to be found near the village of Lalioti, Corinthia, 120km to the west of Athens, to a new vineyard site at Sofiana, Corinthia, at 800-900m altitude. This splendid new vineyard of 16 hectares is giving grapes of superior quality and has raised the production to around 50000 bottles yearly.