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Domaine Porto Carras S.A.

Greece Macedonia / Μακεδονία

The Greek winery, with its headquarters in Thessaloniki ín in the region of Makedonien, was founded in the early 1960s by ship magnate and multimillionaire Ioanni Carras (1905-1990). However, the wine...
Name: Domaine Porto Carras S.A.
Owner: Technical Olympic Group of Companies
Wine Maker: Freddy Grez Navarro
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0.75 L
2010 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα dry Blanc de Blancs, BIO
Up to 10.00 €
Editor note: Slightly muted notes, light nutty and earthy notes, some partly dried yellow fruit. Some more dried...
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2010 P.G.I. Sithonias Assyrtiko dry BIO
Up to 10.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas blättrige, leicht gedeckte und zart petrolige Kernobstnase. Blättrige, brotige und rosinige No...
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2004 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα Chateau Porto Carras, BIO
Up to 25.00 €
Editor note: Compact nose, dried berries, herbaceous and some light burnt notes, cedar, pimento and juniper, some...
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2010 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα Limnio dry BIO
Up to 15.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Leicht erdig und zitrusfruchtig in der kräuterigen und gewürzigen Nase nach eingelegten Cranberry. I...
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2009 P.G.I. Sithonias dry
Up to 15.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Leicht animalische, noch ziemlich jugendliche Kirsch-Rotbeerennase mit Kräutertönen. Unkomplizierte...
The Greek winery, with its headquarters in Thessaloniki ín in the region of Macedonia, was founded in the early 1960s by ship magnate and multimillionaire Ioanni Carras (1905-1990). However, the winery was always "only" part of a huge project with several hotels, marina, golf course etc. The ambitious goal of Carras was to initiate a new era in the viticulture of his homeland and to produce the best wine of Greece. The total estate with all facilities covers 1,800 hectares, the terraced vineyards of 475 hectares are located on the banks of the Aegean Sea on Sithonia, the middle finger of the Chalkidiki peninsula. They form the entire Côtes de Meliton appellation (Playies Melitona). The use of French terms has been deliberately chosen because the grape varieties, vinification and ageing are based on the French model

A series of methodological experiments were started in an area that had not previously been used for viticulture in any way. Under the supervision of experts, professors from the University of Thessaloniki and Professor Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) from the University of Bordeaux, extensive work began. In some cases, the forest was preserved to serve as a natural barrier against the wind and excessively high temperatures. Entire hills were redesigned using bulldozers to achieve better solar radiation. The first vineyards were planted only in 1965

27 different grape varieties were cultivated, including 13 French and 14 Greek varieties. Studies have shown that the French vines thrive better at higher altitudes (300 to 400 metres), the native ones at about 200 to 300 metres. The vineyards are planted with the French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cinsault, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc and the native varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri, Limnio, Malagouisa, Roditis and Xynomavro. 60% are white wine and 40% red wine varieties. The first vintage took place in 1972, but due to various major problems all the wine had to be destroyed

The responsible cellar master was dismissed and the well-known winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou was hired. The French oriented wines are aged in French oak and marketed under the name "Côtes de Meliton". The premium red wine "Château Carras" is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Limnio. Under the brand "Domaine Porto Carras", wines are produced from predominantly Greek varieties. From the beginning of the 1990s there were big financial problems, after the 1997 vintage there was a total standstill. Since 2002, the entire property including the winery has been owned by the Technical Olympic Group of Companies. All vineyards are now cultivated according to the guidelines of organic viticulture.

Awards of wine competitions

Year Name Wine Award
2016 Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Magnus Baccata, 2013, P.G.I. Sithonia GOLD
2017 Thessaloniki Chateau Le Grand Blanc, 2015, P.G.I. Sithonia Grand Gold
Domaine Porto Carras S.A. Region: Greece Macedonia / Μακεδονία


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