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PAPARGYRIOU ESTATE & DOMAINE GIOULIS - February 2nd, 2014
posted on 12/02/2014
In a short distance from Athens (120 km), at mountainous Corinthia there are two of the most remarkable wineries of Greece: Papargyriou Estate and Domaine Giouli. Both Estates are located in cold areas and put an emphasis on elegance. Being slightly outside the PDO zones of Nemea and Patras leaves them much space for experimentation, development and innovation! It was a cloudy Sunday in February... with wines to remember!
DOMAINE KATSAROS | Krania, Olympus - October 27th, 2013
posted on 02/01/2014
Τhe 28th of October –a National holiday in Greece- fell on Monday this time, making a long weekend for us to enjoy Mount Olympus and the surrounding villages as well as a visit at reputed Greek wine producer Domaine Katsaros! The views of Ossa Mountain, Krania and Pirgetos villages and the enchanting valley of Tempe raised the standards even more while sipping Katsaros wines from Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot!
Road Trip 2013 (6) | NAOUSSA: DALAMARA WINERY - October 13th, 2013
posted on 06/12/2013
We arrived at Igoumenitsa! Our Odyssey is about to end... It was a truly memorable adventure of 16 days in 5 countries that we wanted to end triumphantly! So once we got back to Greece, Igoumenitsa, instead of returning to Athens, we headed to the historic Dalamara Winery in my beloved Naoussa, the last wine-land of our trip, the legendary land of Xinomavro!
Road Trip Italy 2013 (5) | FRIULI: BENJAMIN ZIDARICH - October 11th, 2013
posted on 05/12/2013
Strolling around Trieste! A nice harbor city that revealed its beauty slowly, as we patiently discovered its Balkan, melancholic charm. We got to visit wine producer Benjamin Zidarich and explore their underground cellar, 16 meters deep! James Joyce, agrotourism centers, cows and goats complete the picture of our last stop on Italian soil!
Road Trip Italy 2013 (4) | PIEMONTE: CERETTO, FRATELLI ALESSANDRIA, BORGOGNO - October 7th, 2013
posted on 18/11/2013
We finally arrived at Piemonte, the westernmost and most distant point on our journey, just 1.5 hours from the French border, the Mediterranean sea and the Italian Riviera. This is the paradise of hazelnuts, white truffle and magical red wines from Nebbiolo! Our adventure includes UFO-shaped observatories, stone cellars and strolls around the mythical village of Barolo!
Road Trip Italy 2013 (3) | VENETO: MASI AGRICOLA & GIUSEPPE QUINTARELLI - October 5th, 2013
posted on 07/11/2013
We continue our Italian Odyssey moving west from Friuli to the neighboring Veneto. We tasted Valpolicella and Amarone wines by renowned producer Masi, as well as the ones of the descendants of poet Dante, author of 'The Divine Comedy' before we arrived at the cellar of high-end producer Guiseppe Quintarelli! We ended up at Verona, where we had more strolls, more fine wine, more great food, more Dolce Vita!
Road Trip Italy 2013 (2) | FRIULI: PARASCHOS, RADIKON, DAMIJAN - October 3rd, 2013
posted on 30/10/2013
Friuli, Italy! Here a group of small, family-owned, rebellious and unconventional artisan producers craft the so called ‘orange wines' with passion! Unfiltered, aged and with no added sulfite. The whites are vinified as if they were red (skin maceration - hence the orange color), in clay amphorae! We visited top producers Parashos Evangelos, Sasa Radikon and Damijan Podversic and... saw it all!
Road Trip Italy 2013 (1) | INTRODUCTION
posted on 21/10/2013
I was for a long time intending to embark on a journey to a country that had a wine and general interest before the winter arrives. We eventually ended up going to Northern Italy by car. We ended up visiting not one but six countries. After crossing Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, a tiny part of Bosnia and Slovenia, we finally arrived in Italy, the ultimate wine destination!
HARVEST 2013 - DOMAINE SKOURAS, ARGOS (III) - September 13th, 2013
posted on 17/10/2013
Bâtonnage at the white wines cellar, wild yeast Agiorgitiko, the revival of local variety 'Mavrostyfo Argous' and visiting the vineyard at 'Anaskelo', enjoying magnificent views: the whole Gymno Valley, Leontio and Nemea villages further lower. And right in the background we can see the mountaintop of Zireia Mountain, officially Mount Kyllini... My last day in the harvest of Domaine Skouras was full of great surprises!
HARVEST 2013 - DOMAINE SKOURAS, ARGOS (II) - September 12th, 2013
posted on 24/09/2013
Fermentation, maceration, tasting from the tanks and the barrels... A really busy time at Domaine Skouras! I also got to visit the vineyard at Gymno in Kamarorema and enjoyed a landscape as staggering as their grapes! Come with me at a great wine school, Domaine Skouras, in the heart of this year's harvest!
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