Founded in 1919, Domaine Papagiannakos is located in the Attica region of Central Greece, just 18 miles from Athens. Today, the winery is run by the 3rd generation, Vassilis Papagiannakos, who has issued a new era of modern winemaking while still maintaining the family’s dedication to cultivating and preserving the region’s most famous indigenous grape, Savatiano.
About the Vineyard
The Savatiano vineyards used for the Papagiannakos Retsina are located in southeastern Attica at an altitude of 330 feet. The landscape is cup-shaped with the vineyards facing north, which prevents the grapes from being overexposed to the heat of the sun. The vineyard is over 50-years-old, and is farmed without irrigation, resulting in low-yielding vines that produce grapes with rich, concentrated fruit flavors.
The Savatiano grapes are fermented in INOX stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (60°-65°F). A small amount of resin from native pine trees in the Attica region is added to the wine to achieve the traditional flavor profile of this ancient style of wine.
This well-made retsina maintains a beautiful balanced of pine aroma with a strain of lemon citrus. The wine is pale yellow in color, and showcases the rich and unique flavors of this classic Greek wine with a refined style that will satisfy both fans and newcomers of retsina.
The refreshing profile and traditional pine flavors of the wine make it an ideal accompaniment for Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres, seafood and fried fish.