In November of 2018 I travelled to the Amyndeo region in the far north of Greece to visit Laurens Hartman of Domaine Karanika. I was excited to get to know the people behind the sparkling wine because it had been a wonderful discovery to find such amazing bubbly coming from Greece. I was really looking forward to a visit to the winery and to see how this world-class wine was being made in the remote north of Greece. But fate (and Laurens) had a different plan in store. On the day I arrived we couldn't visit the winery because everyone was at the local distillery celebrating the end of harvest by distilling the pomace (the alcohol laden remnants from the winemaking process - skins, lees etc) to make Tsiporo. Thus began a day long party of eating, talking, dancing, drinking tsiporo - and lots more dancing. An extraordinary and extraordinarily fun day in a place that might only exist in your imagination. Join us for this (slightly inebriated) chat with Laurens Hartman to discover how the Amyndeo region and the Xinomavro grape fired his imagination and creativity to create one of the world's great sparkling wines.Read More
Vangelis Gerovassiliou is a giant of Greek wine. More than any man he represents Greece’s modern wine industry. A student of and close collaborator with the great Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux, Gerovassiliou went on to help work as the oenologist at the ambitious Porto Carras winery project in Greece. While there he experimented with a number of grape varieties and found that the near-extinct Malagouzia grape made superb white wine. With patience and dedication he propagated vines from a single small sample. Today, wineries all over Greece obtain Malagouzia plant material from Gerovassiliou Estate and Malagouzia is one of Greece’s powerhouse wines, earning top 50 rankings by publications such as Wine Spectator.
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The wine scene in Greece is evolving fast. New energy and new investment is being poured in and a young generation of innovators is shaking up the birthplace of wine. In some cases the most exciting wines are coming from local varietals like Assyrtiko, Limniona, Xinomavro, Agiortiko and Malagouzia. These ancient varieties are getting a makeover. And the international market is finding that Greek wines have an exciting edge. For example, Assyrtiko from Santorini has become the standard bearer for the new wines of Greece and is opening doors with its amazing character and its modern international appeal. With music from Kostas Kalafatis, interviews with 7 wine business personalities and a tour of 5 or 6 different locations, this Episode is a bit of a Greek wine whirlwind.Read More