Clear Skies Fear No Bolts

Clear Skies Fear No Bolts - Kontozisis Organic Vineyards - Karditsa, Greece - Natural organic orange wine - Roditis, Assyrtiko, Xinomavro - Eklektikon

“Clear Skies” draws from the Greek folk phrase for “purity”, delineating the character of this no-intervention Greek blend of white and red grapes.

  • Grower: Kontozisis Organic Vineyards
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Type: Orange Dry Wine
  • Grapes: 60% Malagousia / 25% Xinomavro / 15% Assyrtiko
  • Appellation: PGI Karditsa
  • Alcohol: 13.00%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Certified organic
  • Vinification: Wild fermentation for 20 days with separate grape vinification. Bottled with minimum sulfites.

Viticulture

  • Certified organic
  • Climate: Warm Mediterranean
  • Soil: Calcareous sandy loam
  • Vine age: Planted in 2001
  • Altitude: 200m
  • Slope: Flat
  • Planting density: 1.80m x 1.20m
  • Yield: 1.2kg / plant
  • Irrigation: A couple of times (drip)
  • Spraying: A few times a year, certified organic preparations
  • Harvesting: Manually by hand

Vinification

  • Maceration: Yes, with skins
  • Yeast: Wild fermentation (20 days)
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: 2 months in stainless steel, with periodic stirring
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: –
  • Alcohol: 13.00%
  • Acidity: 5 gr/l
  • RS: 1.70 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 20 mg/l
  • Certification: Made with Organic Grapes
  • 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.