Agiorgitiko Natural

Agiorgitiko Natural is a completely natural vinification of the most planted red grape of Greece, from organic vineyards in the Peloponnese, close to Nemea.

  • Grower: Sant’Or Wines
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Agiorgitiko 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Achaia
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel, aged for 6 months in neutral oak, and bottled unfiltered and unfined with under 36mg/l sulfites.
  • Notes: Typical Agiorgitiko fresh fruit (sour cherry, licorice) on the nose, slightly on the ripe side, with excellent concentration and depth. Rich mouth with high tannins and acidity, with an overall untamed but structured mouthfeel.

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Mild Winter and dry Summers
  • Soil: Clay loam, schistose rocks
  • Vine age: Planted in 1998
  • Altitude: 400m
  • Slope: 40%
  • Planting density: 2,600 / hectare
  • Yield: 2kg / vine
  • Irrigation: None (dry farmed)
  • Spraying: 5 times in the season, with certified organic preparations
  • Harvesting: Manual in plastic cartons

Vinification

  • Maceration: 20 days in stainless steel
  • Yeast: Indigenous – spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel which lasted for 20 days
  • Malolactic: Natural (partially completed)
  • Maturation: 6 months in neutral 225lt oak barrels
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 640lt
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Acidity: 5.25 gr/l
  • RS: 2.40 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 36 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes, Vegan
  • Bottle: 750ml

Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra, and operated by a local grower, Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, who is cultivating his 4.5 ha of vineyards biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m, with no irrigation. Indigenous to the historical village of Santomeri is the rare white grape Santameriana, as well as the famous (for its sweet wines) red grape Mavrodafni (literally “black laurel”), revived through impressive dry vinifications. Panagiotis is the only grower cultivating the Santameriana grape, and one of very few making dry monovarietal Mavrodafni.

Patra is the third largest city of Greece, and is famous for its carnival celebration.