Theon Dora white

Theon Dora is an explosive organic white wine, from indigenous Cretan varieties, farmed organically without irrigation or spraying.

  • Grower: Stilianou
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Vidiano 50% / Thrapsathiri 30% / Vilana 20%
  • Appellation: PGI Crete
  • Alcohol: 14.10%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Dry, Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Cold extraction and stainless steel fermentation, with a few months of stay on its lees and periodic stirring
  • Notes: Golden yellow color, with intense aromas of Spring and tropical fruits, with a burst of fruit flavors, high acidity and alcohol, and rich but delicate texture.

Viticulture

  • Dry, Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Subtle Winter, humid Fall, breezy Summer with temperature variance. 850mm rainfall for 2017.
  • Soil: Limestone with some rock
  • Vine age: Planted between 1982 and 2011
  • Altitude: 400m
  • Slope: 3-15%
  • Planting density: 3,400 plants / ha
  • Yield: 2-3kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: None (only sulphur dusting)
  • Harvesting: Manual (20kg plastic crates)

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (6-hour cold extraction)
  • Yeast: Indigenous with neutral culture added at the end of fermentation
  • Malolactic: Natural (completed)
  • Maturation: 3 months on its lees in stainless steel with periodic stirring
  • Clarification: Bentonite and cold stabilization
  • Filtration: Paper filtration
  • Production: 3,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 14.10%
  • Acidity: 6.20 gr/l
  • RS: 3 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 80 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Giannis Stilianou and his teenage son, personally tend to their 3 hectares of organic vineyards, planted only with indigenous Cretan varieties. There is no irrigation or any kind of spraying. The vines are stressed under the hot, Cretan Sun, and then cooled off by the mountain breeze. This shows in the impressive concentration and intense aromatics of the artisanal Stilianou wines.

Crete is the biggest island of Greece, and home to one of the most impressive ancient civilizations, the Minoan.

Heraklion, the fourth largest Greek city and largest city of Crete, is located in the center of the island. It is very picturesque and full of ancient ruins in and around it, spanning thousands of years and many different civilizations, including the Minoan, Byzantine, Venetian, and Arab.

South of Heraklion lies Knossos, the most famous ancient city of Minoan times, with the well preserved and famous homonymous palace, with its bright red pillars and wall art of the time.