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Episode 16: An Interview at Gerovassiliou Estate in Greece

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.

Discover one of the top wineries in the world!

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Episode 15: Salvatore Avallone of Villa Matilde

Salvatore Avallone’s father created Villa Matilde in the 1960’s after spending over 10 years of painstaking research to locate and identify the few remaining grape vines of the original strain that made the famous Falernum wine of Roman times. His father, Francesco Paolo, was a lawyer, a lifelong student of the Roman Empire and a professor of Roman Law at the University of Naples. He and his friends from the Dept of Agriculture at the University of Naples conducted an “ampelographical” study of the vines in all the small farms in the Caserta region where the famed Falernum wines had been grown. But the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800’s had wiped out the vines - all but a very few. The friends discovered 15 vines - 10 red (Aglianico) and 5 white (Falanghina). With this small but precious start, the Avallone family embarked on a journey to create a modern expression of the greatest wine of ancient Rome, the Falerno del Massico.

In this episode Salvatore tells us about the history but also gives us a marvellous overview of the grapes of Campania, both red and white. His account of the differences between Aglianico from Taurasi, Benevento and Caserta (where Falerno wines come from) is very insightful and he also tells us why the white wines of Campania (Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Fiano) are so exceptional.

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Episode 14: Greek Wine Renaissance

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.

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