A-Grafo Roditis

A-Grafo Roditis is made from the gray-skinned Roditis grape in a Ramato style, with extensive skin contact of one month, made naturally with zero added sulfites.

  • Grower: Kontozisis Organic Vineyards
  • Type: Amber (Skin Contact) Dry Wine
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Grapes: Roditis 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Karditsa
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: 25-day spontaneous fermentation; naturally completed malolactic fermentation; 7-8 months on its own lees up to bottling
  • Tasting Notes: An intense and piercing expression of the Roditis grape, with concentrated yellow fruit and hibiscus aromas, with persistency and a sharp structure

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Warm Mediterranean and humid microclimate
  • Soil: Calcareous sandy loam
  • Vine age: Planted in 1983
  • Altitude: 300m
  • Slope: Flat topography
  • Planting density: 1.80m x 1.20m
  • Yield: 6,000kg / ha
  • Irrigation: If/when required
  • Spraying: 1-2 times copper/raw brimstone (sulfur)
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: 70% 3-month skin contact & 30% 6-month skin contact
  • Press: None
  • Yeast: Indigenous – spontaneous fermentation (25 days in stainless steel)
  • Temperature: Natural (no control)
  • Malolactic: Natural (completed)
  • Maturation: 7-8 months in stainless steel tank on its own lees up to bottling
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 4,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Acidity: 5.50 gr/l
  • RS: 1.20 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 0 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic Wine, No Sulfites Added
  • Bottle: 750ml

Kontozisis has been practicing certified organic agriculture and organic vinification since 1991, one of the first to get such a certification in Greece. His long term commitment to organic practices shows his honest approach to sustainability. Andreas Kontozisis and his partner Aphrodite Tousia are working passionately with the area’s indigenous red grape, Limniona, among others, for which they have developed proprietary vineyard techniques to get as much concentration as possible from the variety’s large grapes. All grapes are hand harvested and pruned from the low-yield (28 hectoliters / ha) estate-owned vineyards of 11 ha. Kontozisis uses no press (only free run wines) and no commercial yeasts.

Karditsa is a rural town in Thessaly, in the center of Greece. It is the bicycle capital of Greece, with many bicycle roads and many residents using them as their main transportation mean.

Its terroir is largely defined by the nearby Agrafa mountains, and the artificial Plastira lake. It is also in close proximity to the impressive Meteora rocks, which host the second most important cluster of monasteries in Greece.