Greek winemakers presented in Vinepair

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Greek winemakers presented in VinepairPart of “Greece’s dynamic wine scene”

Five Greek winemakers were featured in Vinepair as part of “Greece’s dynamic wine scene”- Douloufakis Winery, Kir-Yianni, Alpha Estate, Domaine Skouras, and Domaine Sigalas.

“Douloufakis Winery was established in the heart of Crete back in 1930, though its modern-day story begins with Nikos Douloufakis,” Vinepair reported, adding that “after studying enology at the Instituto Agrario-Specializzato in Viticoltura e Enologia in Piedmont, Italy, Douloufakis returned to the island in 1993 to take over operations at the estate” and “despite his love for tradition, Douloufakis had bigger plans for the family’s land.”

“Since my first vintage, everything and nothing has changed,” he told Vinepair, noting that “the vineyard has tripled in size, though more importantly, it’s also completely transitioned to organic farming.”

“In addition to implementing more sustainable farming practices, yields have also been lowered, and harvest is done much earlier to preserve acidity and adapt to ever-changing climate conditions,” Vinepair reported.

“Back in the 1930s, my grandfather Dimitris was one of the first winemakers on the island to manage his vineyard in a [commercial] way,” Douloufakis told Vinepair, adding that “today, Douloufakis finds that meshing technology and modern equipment with a traditional mentality is the best way to honor his ancestors’ legacy.”

“I’m following my family tradition, but much like my grandfather Dimitris, I am passionate about innovation,” he told Vinepair.

“In Naoussa and Amyndeon, Stelios Boutaris also cites that his ‘vineyard-focused mentality’ has been the biggest change he’s brought to his family’s estates,” Vinepair reported, noting that “his father Yiannis Boutaris founded Kir-Yianni back in 1997, and after studying and working abroad in both the UK and USA, Stelios eventually returned and took over in 2004.”

“Our philosophy is that innovation builds tradition, both in the vineyard and the winery,” he told Vinepair, noting that “under his oversight, pesticides have been eliminated, yields have been dropped, and unique clones have been planted.”

“In Amyndeon, Angelos Iatridis and Makis Mavridis have been working to advance viticulture and vinification at Alpha Estate,” Vinepair reported, adding that “the pair first planted their vines in 1995 and released their first commercial wine 10 years later.”

“At the time, we were seen as irrational for creating a vineyard that would be a reference for the Amyndeon appellation,” Iatridis told Vinepair, noting that “from the beginning, Alpha Estate has been focused on quality and innovation.”

“In 1995, Alpha Estate was the first winery in all of Europe to install subsoil irrigation and incorporate regulated deficit irrigation in its regimen,” Vinepair reported, adding that “Iatridis notes that 590 miles of irrigation pipes were buried in the subsoil at 40 centimeters deep, and the structures are still used today,” and “in fact, Alpha Estate was the first property in all of Europe to apply this process of regulated deficit irrigation.”

“To monitor the effects of climate change in his vineyards, Douloufakis has implemented microclimatic stations to gather data on soil, humidity, rainfall, frost, and overall temperature,” Vinepair reported.

“I am also using soil analysis and topographic maps to obtain information on the differential features defining our terroir,” he told Vinepair.

Douloufakis also switched from new barrels to mostly used oak. “I noticed that with slightly higher alcohol, the impact of new barrels felt more intense,” he told Vinepair, adding that “today, neutral oak is preferred.”

George Skouras founded Domaine Skouras “in Nemea back in 1986, after studying enology and working in France,” Vinepair reported. “Starting my own winery had many difficulties, like renting vines and facilities and entering the Greek market, but I had so much passion for this that nothing stopped me,” Skouras told Vinepair, which pointed out that “what started with a few leased vineyards has since grown to 40 estate-owned hectares, which are now being passed along to his children, Stella and Dimitris.”

Skouras “always had a passion for native Greek grapes, yet remained open-minded to international vinification and aging methods” Vinepair reported. “This led me to use Stelvin closures for white wines, as well as implement a solera system for dry red wines,” he told Vinepair, noting that “his winery was the first in Greece to release wines under screw cap closures.”

“It took a lot of time and marketing to make it acceptable to consumers, especially in Greece,” he told Vinepair.

“Domaine Sigalas was founded by Paris Sigalas on the island of Santorini back in 1991,” Vinepair reported, adding that “after receiving a degree in mathematics in Athens and an MBA in France, Paris returned back to his native island, where his family had a small, non-commercial winery, and began experimenting with viticulture” and “found himself becoming more passionate about Santorini’s native grape varieties by the day, specifically Mavrotragano and Aidani.”

“Sigalas also helped the winemaking of Santorini move further from the oxidative character wines had until the ’80s,” Lambros Papadimitriou, the winery’s general manager told Vinepair.

“My key initiative is to develop and push forward the Cretan indigenous varieties,” Douloufakis told Vinepair, adding that “while I am clearly focused on the future, I am also returning to my roots in a way.”

Douloufakis pointed out that “ancient vinification styles (and vessels) are also seeing a renaissance across Greece, specifically at his estate” where he and his sons “recently produced a skin-macerated wine in Greek amphorae — a technique that his grandfather used nearly a century ago,” Vinepair reported, noting that “with the rise of consumer interest in orange wines, he likely won’t be the last to look to this ancient technique.”

Boutaris told Vinepair that “we adhere to the philosophy that ‘we want to grow the pie for everyone, rather than taking the whole of it’ — in other words, we share information and knowledge, train young people who will move on to new ventures, and will therefore be more likely to promote our regions,” adding that “Kir-Yianni was one of the first estates to really invest in wine tourism in Naoussa and Amyndeon, with hopes of turning them into significant wine destinations.”

“Since its beginnings, Sigalas has put in [the] forefront the common good of Santorini’s vineyard,” Papadimitriou told Vinepair, noting that “Domaine Sigalas was also one of the first wineries in Santorini to focus on exports, which both encouraged and paved the way for many others to do so.”

Read more at thenationalherald.com

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: pixabay.com

Tornos
  1. 02/02 23:16

    Geneva court: Fifteen antiquities on their way back to Greece from Switzerland

  2. 02/02 23:11

    Public Health Organization says fall in Covid infections in weekly report

  3. 02/02 22:54

    National Observatory: January 2023 one of the warmest on record in Greece

  4. 02/02 22:41

    Greece-India relations promoted with visit of State Minister to Athens

  5. 02/02 22:25

    Media report: The old Hilton in Athens will transform into new hotel Conrad

  6. 02/02 21:47

    Hoteliers' Association of Athens and Attica: 2022 occupancy high, but lower than 2019

  7. 02/02 20:35

    Smart Attica Digital Innovation Hub for Greece launched at Demokritos center

  8. 02/02 19:00

    Berlin minister: Greece is ahead of Germany in digitization of public services

  9. 02/02 17:06

    Greece rises nine places on the Economist’s Democracy Index for 2022

  10. 02/02 07:19

    EFSF greenlights eighth reduction of step-up interest margin for Greece

  11. 01/02 23:24

    National Archaeological Museum will host 125,000 ancient treasures in Athens

  12. 01/02 19:14

    Cyprus and Greece sign deal on mutual academic recognition of university degrees

  13. 01/02 18:34

    IOBE report: Greek economic sentiment index rose to 104.9 points in January

  14. 01/02 18:04

    Greece and Japan ink MoC on improving business networking and investments

  15. 01/02 17:11

    Eurostat report: Greek inflation rate to slow down to 7.2% in January

  16. 01/02 15:46

    Greek Foreign Minister received United Arab Emirates Ambassador in Athens

  17. 01/02 14:20

    Greek unemployment dropped to 11.6% during December

  18. 01/02 10:59

    Greece reaches target of slashing road fatalities by over 50% in 2020

  19. 01/02 09:31

    One bid for long-term lease of Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Center property

  20. 31/01 23:07

    Historic First Synaxis of Orthodox Hierarchs of Ecumenical Patriarchate in USA

  21. 31/01 19:13

    ‘Friends of the Kastro of Siphnos’ host gathering in Greek capital of Athens

  22. 31/01 19:10

    Bank of Greece: Demand for loans by Greek enterprises to increase in Q1

  23. 31/01 18:45

    Greece wins "Best Tourism Destination for 2023" title at Grand Travel Awards

  24. 31/01 18:17

    UNWTO announces winning start-ups for global "Awake Tourism Challenge"

  25. 31/01 16:55

    Extra four flights from Belgrade to Greek tourism destinations this year

  26. 31/01 15:59

    Foreign Minister: Greece and Israel forged enduring partnership at strategic level

  27. 31/01 15:55

    Revenue from tourism at €2.4 billion in Cyprus for Jan-Nov 2022

  28. 31/01 14:22

    Prime Minister: Greece is now an attractive destination for foreign investments

  29. 31/01 13:04

    Athens taxi drivers stage downtown protest over ‘pauperization cocktail’

  30. 31/01 12:50

    Electricity subsidy set at 40 euros per MWh for Greek households in February

  31. 31/01 00:11

    Booking.com: Greek region of Epirus among most welcoming places on earth

  32. 30/01 22:22

    Credit ratings agency Fitch upgrades credit rating of three systemic Greek banks

  33. 30/01 19:11

    Greek Foreign Affairs Minister to visit officially Israel on Tuesday

  34. 30/01 18:26

    Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to get plenty of funding in Greece

  35. 30/01 17:15

    Traditional Greek handicrafts get their own museum in the center of Athens

  36. 30/01 16:21

    Greek PM and Japanese counterpart sign Joint Statement of Strategic Cooperation

  37. 30/01 11:39

    Four Greek ports get European Union financing for infrastructure upgrades

  38. 30/01 11:27

    Frost recorded in many parts of Greece on Monday

  39. 29/01 00:33

    Israeli Ambassador at Economist event: Greece-Israel relations at their highest point

  40. 29/01 00:00

    Ambassador to Athens: Even more United States investments coming to Greece

  41. 28/01 14:14

    Finance Minister at Economist event: Greece has turned a page

  42. 28/01 14:11

    Private sector deposits up by 5 billion euros in Greece during December

  43. 28/01 14:06

    Ambassador to Athens: Greek and American interests are identical

  44. 28/01 13:59

    Fitch upgrades Greece's credit to BB+ a mere one step below investment grade

  45. 28/01 09:03

    Three-hour work stoppage on metro Line 1 on February 2

  46. 27/01 15:09

    Minister: Crete plays a key role in Greece's new and active foreign policy

  47. 27/01 14:48

    Greek Tourism Minister: In 2023, direct flights from the USA will bring over €1 billion

  48. 27/01 13:01

    SNF support assists students put affordable housing theory into practice

  49. 27/01 10:57

    Hellenic Parliament displays slogan 'We remember' for Holocaust victims

  50. 27/01 09:03

    EU Commission calls on six member states to apply nvironmental directives

  51. 26/01 21:58

    AEGEAN Airways connects more Greek cities with Israel

  52. 26/01 21:53

    Finance Minister presents six priorities of Greek economy to ESM's new head

  53. 26/01 21:47

    Monica Bellucci at Greek Consulate in New York to promote "Maria Callas" movie

  54. 26/01 19:23

    New European Union rules for drone traffic management come into effect on Thursday

  55. 26/01 18:43

    Supreme Court hears arguments between funds and defaulted borrowers in Greece

  56. 26/01 18:12

    Drop in coronavirus and flu infections agency records in weekly report

  57. 26/01 12:33

    Stormy weather warning sent to residents of Attica region via 112 phone line

  58. 26/01 09:27

    Flights extended from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to Mykonos and Santorini islands

  59. 26/01 08:38

    Athens to host two European football finals over the coming 16 months

  60. 26/01 07:16

    All 22 flights to and from Cyprus to be affected by Thursday's island-wide strike

  61. 26/01 03:19

    Media report: Hamptons to bring New York-style luxury to Northern Greece

  62. 26/01 03:12

    Greece to transform "green" commercial shipping fleet with new fund

  63. 26/01 03:01

    AIRDNA: Average price of Airbnb in Greece at €193 in 2022 up by 35% from 2019

  64. 25/01 20:50

    1.7 million pensioners to see 7.75% pension rise in Greece this month

  65. 25/01 19:46

    IATA welcomes restoration of ‘Class A’ ATC services over Somalia airspace

  66. 25/01 19:34

    Greek FM: MoU with Mozambique opens communication between the two countries

  67. 25/01 17:53

    UNWTO and partners advance shared accessibility agenda for tourism industry

  68. 25/01 17:16

    Dangerous weather warning sent to residents of Greece's Achaia via 112 phone line

  69. 25/01 16:07

    Quake near Greek island of Rhodes had a magnitude of 5.9 Richter

  70. 25/01 13:57

    INSIDE-A six-hour visual meditation event in the Athens Concert Hall

  71. 24/01 21:30

    Passenger traffic in summer 2022 rises 4% from 2019 at 24 Greek airports

  72. 24/01 21:04

    Greek Foreign MInister concludes Johannesburg visit before heading to Mozambique

  73. 24/01 19:37

    Mexico's Yucatán State joins global Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories

  74. 24/01 18:44

    Ships to remain docked in Greece on February 8-10

  75. 24/01 18:00

    Deal for the operation of the WHO Office in Cyprus to be inked on Friday

  76. 24/01 17:13

    Finance Minister: Greek government secured rise in households' income

  77. 24/01 17:08

    First credits on market pass cards handed out in Greece by March 3

  78. 24/01 16:56

    Athens Mayor presents city's vision for B40 presidency

  79. 24/01 15:46

    Media report: Pistachios from Greek Island of Aegina are top in the world

  80. 24/01 11:23

    Irish writer claims tourism and development may be the end of Corfu island

  81. 23/01 23:32

    Report: Athens’ Lycabettus Hill offers stunning views of Acropolis, Saronic Gulf

  82. 23/01 22:56

    IATA: Aviation welcomes pause on roll-out of new border system for EU

  83. 23/01 19:48

    Shipping Minister hails Royal Caribbean’s plans to open office in Cyprus

  84. 23/01 19:29

    Culture Minister: Deal on Parthenon Marbles' return 'difficult, but not impossible'

  85. 23/01 16:28

    Bank of Greece: Travel receipts soar by 68.5% during January - November 2022

  86. 23/01 15:44

    Greek Prime Minister: Greece's image abroad is now very positive

  87. 23/01 14:23

    Athens assumes presidency of Balkan Cities Network

  88. 23/01 14:00

    E-car subsidy program underway in Greece with 10,500 filed applications

  89. 23/01 12:40

    Solar power capacity projected to increase further in Greece during 2023

  90. 22/01 14:07

    Greek soprano featured in tribute to legendary Maria Callas in Athens

  91. 22/01 13:08

    Greek Prime Minister in Davos: We will not go to war with Turkey (video)

  92. 22/01 10:07

    Greek Minister briefs 27 ambassadors on effective protection of EU's borders

  93. 22/01 09:01

    7.75% hike will start being paid out with February's pension checks in Greece

  94. 21/01 23:23

    UNWTO at FITUR 2023: Investing in a diverse, sustainable future for tourism sector

  95. 21/01 22:10

    Significant reduction in power bills coming in Greece during February

  96. 21/01 17:06

    Prime Minister: Greece will receive investment grade right after elections

  97. 21/01 15:02

    New York Consulate General of Greece honors the victims of the Jewish Holocaust

  98. 21/01 13:58

    Northern Greek city of Kastoria presents new all-seasons tourism promotion logo

  99. 21/01 11:50

    Municipal construction workers announce strikes from January 23 - February 13

  100. 20/01 13:04

    United States Secreatry of State Blinken likely to visit Athens on February 21