Halkia Red

Agiorgitiko red - Halkia - Organic grower - Nemea, Peloponnese, Greece - Natural Greek wines - Eklektikon

Halkia red is a classic, fresh, and natural vinification of the most planted red Greek grape, Agiorgitiko, from its birthplace in Nemea, by organic female grower Anna Halkia. An easy red wine with a rustic and fun character.

  • Grower: Halkia
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Grapes: Agiorgitiko 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Corinth
  • Alcohol: 12.70%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: 7 days of maceration and spontaneous fermentation in ambient temperatures, with no filtration, fining, or any additives.
  • Notes: Deep impenetrable red, deep red and black fruit, rusk bread, umami, velvety tannins.

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Mild Mediterranean, with periods of extreme heat and cold Winters.
  • Soil: Limestone / Clay
  • Vine age: Planted in 2013
  • Altitude: 310m
  • Slope: 20%
  • Planting density: 1m X 2.4m
  • Yield: 3 – 3.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip irrigation once / twice
  • Spraying: Copper and sulfur, 3-4 times a year
  • Harvesting: Manually in plastic crates

Vinification

  • Pressing: Pneumatic press for 2 hours
  • Temperature Control: None (28C during fermentation)
  • Maceration: 7 days in stainless steel tank
  • Yeast: Ambient
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: 3 months in stainless steel tank
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 3,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 12.70%
  • Acidity: 5 gr/l
  • RS: 4 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 40 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic Grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Anna Halkia is a small organic female grower and winemaker in Nemea, the largest winemaking region of Greece and home to the Agiorgitiko grape (which is the most planted red Greek grape).

Anna grew up in Australia with her immigrant parents, and moved back to Nemea as an adult, to start her family with her husband. Her consciousness and care for her family had led her to organic viticulture, which, she felt, would shine more if she turned into her own wine, instead of selling her organic grapes as raw material and mixed with inferior quality grapes. In the early 2000s, she decided to create a basic winemaking facility in the back of her house, where the family’s vineyards are located. The lack of investment forced her to rely on basic technology and natural winemaking. There was no surplus of funds to buy lab yeasts and enzymes, which a consulting oenologist had advised her to do, so necessity turned her to wild fermentation and lo-fi winemaking. Her wines, naturally, earned a following, due to their raw expression of the organic fruit. Anna also applied and received her organic certification, to prove part of the work that goes into the vineyard.

Today Anna is still selling locally the small-batch wines she makes from Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko, and Roditis grapes, following the same methods she was forced to adopt, and which helped them stand out from the norm.

Nemea is the largest winemaking region of Greece, and home to the most planted red grape of Greece, the indigenous Agiorgitiko. It has a PDO status (PDO Nemea) for red wines of 100% Agiorgitiko. “Agiorgitiko” means “Saint George”, which was the old name of Nemea (“Agios Georgios”).

A city in the Peloponnese, in the south of Greece, Nemea has a rich winemaking history since ancient times, when it was called “Fliasion Pedion”. Nemea was also known for “Nemia”, one of the most famous athletic competition of ancient times, along with the Olympic games.

In Nemea, one can visit the ancient town of Nemea, the monastery of “Panagia Vrahou” which is built on the cliff of the nearby mountain, the numerous wineries, or celebrate the annual wine festival.