In June this year, I had the opportunity to visit Greece for the first time. Ted Lelekas (a good friend and fellow #winelover from Greece) organized a trip for a few #winelovers and we had a chance to visit Domaine Gerovassilou, which is located in the and coastal hills of Epanomi (northern Greece, a few miles from Thessaloniki). During the visit we could chat with Vangelis Gerovassiliou, who is the owner of the winery and one of the most exciting winemakers in Greece and is also known for practically saving Malagousia from extinction.
Well, if you have missed my last posting, here is the explanation: Small versus Big: Can we really say that a winery is better than another because of its size?
And a visit to Domaine Gerovassilou is just more proof that “Small is good”. After reading this article, I’m sure you will agree with me.
We tasted their range of wines, but here are my favorites (2 whites and 2 reds). Some amazing wines that take your “pleasuremeter” to another level!
Viognier, 2010: Floral on the nose and nice creaminess on the palate. Very complex.
Malagousia 2010: This 100% Malagousia wine totally made of me a #malagousialover. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing something really special.
Evangelo, 2007: Mostly Syrah (with some Viognier) that truly impressed me. Not in many wines one can find this mixture of power and grace.
Avaton, 2007: A blend of three indigenous Greek grape varieties: Limnio, Mavrondi and Mavrotragno. Luscious (but not heavy), complex (but not complicated), and well structured (but not aggressive). What else do you want in a wine?
Vangelis’ wife Sonia was also present and she certainly had something to do with the amazing lunch we enjoyed there.
Vangelis has an extensive and amazing collection of over 2,000 corkscrews.
They offer guided tours and parallel events take place based on a variety of stimuli and information provided by the vineyard, the winery and the Wine Museum, and focus on different themes, depending on the specific target group.
To contact them for a visit:
Epanomi 57 500, Thessaloniki, Greece
Telephone +30 23920 44567
Luiz Alberto, #winelover