While winemaking in Drama dates back to antiquity, the region did not emerge onto the modern winemaking scene until the 1980s. Ktima Pavlidis was created in 1998 with 160 acres of estate vineyards planted with a mix of international and indigenous Greek varietals.
About the Vineyard
The grapes for the THEMA Red come from the estate-owned Perichora Vineyard, which is located on the foothills of Menoikio Mountain with a North-facing slope, at an altitude of 900-1,500ft. This area is considerably cooler than the rest of Drama, with mountain breezes providing a refreshing relief to the grapes, allowing them to develop slowly and with a well-balanced acidity.
The grapes are carefully monitored during harvest, to make sure they are picked at peak ripeness. The grapes are hand-harvested at night, in order to take advantage of the cooler temperature and preserve the varietals’ aromatics and phenolic potential. The must undergoes pre- and post-fermentation maceration to fully extract the rich flavors and color from the Syrah and Agiorgitiko grapes. After fermentation, the wine is transferred by gravity to oak barrels for 12 months aging, followed by another 12 months bottle aging prior to release.
Dark purple in color with bright violet reflections, this intensely-hued wine is full-bodied and aromatic. The nose is dominated by a bouquet of ripe cherries and plums, followed by hints of chocolate, smoke and vanilla. Well-balanced, with a rich mouthfeel and velvety tannins, this red blend has a long, fruit-forward finish, with a light touch of oak. It will continue to evolve and develop more complex flavors over the next 10 years.
An ideal pairing wine for grilled meat and spicy game, as well as full-flavored and hard cheeses.