Food & Drink

February 16, 2015

A New Generation, The Wines of Greece

George Spiliadis, the founder of Cava Spiliadis knows Greek wines better than most sommeliers in the United States. His passion is to bring the “new generation” of fine Greek wines to the United States and Canada. He has identified five of the very best wine producers from Greece and imports them into the United States. What sets these estates apart is that they are not driven by the commercial market, but rather a higher calling to actually improve Greek wines. Their mission is to re-invent the reputation of Greek viticulture and oenology. George’s select group of wine growers share a focus on excellence which extends from the vineyard to the winery to the bottle. The Cava Spiliadis portfolio offers a range of high-end wines made from the distinctive, indigenous grapes of Greece, as well as some blended with international grape varieties.  The Cava Spiliadis portfolio features wine growers dedicated to certified sustainable or organic viticulture. With no pesticides, herbicides or chemicals in the vineyards, the vines produce better, more expressive fruit which speak eloquently of their terroirs and grape varieties.

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2013 Malagousia Ktima (Estate) Gerovassiliou - 100% Malagousia This wine is entirely produced from the Greek grape varietal called Malagousia that was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou. Ktima Gerovassiliou was established in 1981. The area’s climate is characterized as Mediterranean with a mild winter and a warm-to-cool summer that is tempered by the sea breeze. This refreshing white wine is a brilliant straw colour with an aroma of ripe fruits such as pear, pineapple and citrus as well as pepper and jasmine. On the palate, the wine is aromatic with rich flavours of lemon peel that enhance the appealing mouth feel.

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2012 Ovilos White Ktima (Estate) Biblia Chora is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Pangeon in Kavala. In 1998, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Vangelis Gerovassiliou created this privately owned vineyard. The soil is rocky and barren with limestone, clay and good levels of drainage. The cool breezes from the Aegean Sea and Mount Pangeon, are key factors in the production of Biblia Chora’s premium wines. This pleasant wine has a deep yellow color with aromas of apricot and honey, a characteristic of the Semillon, that blends with the notes of lemon from the north-aegean Assyrtiko. On the palate, aromas of vanilla, dried apricot and nuts. The wine is rich and well balanced.

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2009 Biblinos Oenos Ktima (Estate) Biblia Chora is the wine of un-named local varietal. Personally, I tasted similarities to that of Pinot Noir including its color. On the nose, it is filled with pomegranate, ripe raspberries and rose petals. On the palate, luscious red fruits, chocolate ganache and dried herbs give this wine an elegant structure.

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2013 Ktima White Ktima (Estate) Biblia Chora is a blend of 40% Assyrtiko and 60% Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and refreshing, this brightly acidic wine is aromatic, with aromas of white grapefruit, peach and lemon. On the palate the wine is clean and beautifully balanced.

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2013 Chardonnay Domaine Katsaros is a small family enterprise established in 1985 in the traditional wine country of Krania, Mount Olympus, in Northern Greece. At 750 meters above sea level, this twenty-acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. The main factors contributing to the superior quality of these award winning wines are the regions’ mild winters, the sunny yet cool summers, organic vineyards with the limited yields. This 100% Chardonnay is pale yellow with tinges of green. On the nose it offers floral notes, with white fruit such as green apple and lemon, with a pronounced minerality. On the palate, this medium bodied wine shows off ripe peach, pineapple and yellow apple with a touch of hazelnut and butter. It has a bright acidity that will giving it great potential for ageing.

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2011 Nemea Ktima (Estate) Driopi is a 50 year old vineyard recognized as the ideal location to produce premium wines with great ageing potential from the Agiorgitiko grape. This stunning wine is dark garnet in color kissed with violet highlights, with generous aromas of red fruit and dried nuts. The tannins are luscious and give way to a velvet finish.

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2006 Muscat of Rio Patras Ktima Parparoussis was founded in 1974 by oenologist Athanassios Parparoussis, the winery is located on the Northwest coast of the Peloponnese. The climate is mild and influenced by sea breezes and cool mountain air. This 100% Muscat has a golden-yellow straw color with lovely lily scents and light peach aromas and tropical fruits. The palate show a bright acidity, with its ripe pineapple, ripe peach, a perfect balance of sweetness.

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This new generation of Greek wines can be found in boutique wine retailers across the nation and in Canada.

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