You may have already read the account by my friend, Yiannis Karakasis MW, of the latest release of Vouni Panayia’s microvinifications and here are my impressions on this, their thought-provoking fourth release.
2020 Santorini Famiglia, Hatzidakis Grape: 100% Assyrtiko Location: Pyrgos Elevation: 200-300m Soils: Volcanic, pumice, igneous lava Yields: 13 hl/ha
This tasting follows on from a live webinar tasting I conducted on behalf of 67 Pall Mall with Oldenburg’s owner, Adrian Vanderspuy and winemaker, Nic Van Aarde, on the 4th March.
Close to the village of Pano Panayia in a mountainous part of the Paphos district of Cyprus lies the winery that claims to be the first private regional wine producer in Cyprus.
It had been on my mind for quite some time to visit Israel, to witness the wine scene there, and to see what the future might hold, so that when the Israeli Export & International Cooperation Institute constructed a visit for the Institute of Masters of Wine this last April, I jumped at the chance to get involved.
In the second part of his adventure in the Peloponnese, Demetri Walters MW looks beyond Agiorgitiko and Moschofilero discovering the virtues of other autochthonous varieties such as Mavrodaphne, Mavro Kalavrytino, Roditis and Malagousia.
I have long possessed a desire to visit the Peloponnese and to understand its wines better. This is the very heartland of ancient Mycenae and the greater part of the story of classical Greece.