Savatiano, Domaine Papagiannakos, Attika, Greece, 2019


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Historic setting – indigenous grape varieties – family owned

Domaine Papagiannakos

Domaine Papagiannakos was established in 1919 in the heart of the plain of the region of Attica – just 30 kilometres away from the Acropolis. Vassilis Papagiannakos is the third generation of the family to run the vineyard, which continues to specialise in the cultivation of indigenous grapes, namely Savatiano and Malagouzia, along with international varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Vineyards stretching between Athens and the coast have been threatened in recent years by modern construction plans – but a number of important archaeological findings in the area have ensured that the Attican vineyards are now protected from urban expansion. This is good news for the Papagiannakos family, as they continue to blend traditional winemaking techniques with their modern outlook in their stunning and innovative bioclimatic winery.

Traditionally used in the production of Retsina, this is an elegant, very high quality, dry version from a top producer in the area. Juicy and soft with lovely peachy and pear characters with an almond and savoury finish.