Kalogris Organic Winery

Kalogris Organic Winery is a historical small family winery in the famous Mantineia plateau, the birthplace of the gray-skin Moschofilero grape.

Moschofilero is potentially linked to the “smokey vines” of ancient Greece, and is part of the very adaptive “Filery” family of grapes. Moschofilero is the most aromatic in the family, and the family is almost exclusively focused on this grape.

The winery was established in 1980, when Evangelos’ grandfather handed over to him the traditional family house, under the condition that he would convert it to a winery that would accept visitors. The family traces its vine growing past in the area, all the way back to 1870. Evangelos converted the old house to an organic stone-built winery, which he runs today with his wife and two daughters.

The vineyard measures 3 hectares, and labors are performed manually by the family. Winemaking has always been traditional, with wild fermentations and mild intervention.

  • Winery: Kalogris Organic Winery
  • Focus: Moschofilero grape
  • Region: Mantinia (Peloponnese)
  • Year founded: 1980
  • Size: 3 hectares
  • Grapes: Moschofilero
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Cold Winters, sunny Summers, low temperatures during harvest.
  • Soil: Clay / Loam
  • Vine age: Planted between 1980 and 1995
  • Altitude: 670m
  • Distance from coast: 20 miles
  • Percentage of estate owned grapes: 100%

Mantinia is an ancient city in the Arcadia region of the Peloponnese. Many ruins of the ancient Mantinia city are preserved today, including the ancient theater, the temple of Zeus, the ancient market, and the parliament.

The Mantinia plateau (700m) is famous as the birthplace of the gray-skinned Moschofilero grape, which is probably linked to the “smokey vines” of ancient Greece.

Mantinia is surrounded by picturesque old villages with traditional architecture, like Kapsia. Tripoli, the capital of the Arcadia prefecture, is the largest nearby city, which maintains an old character, and is famous for its production of Arcadian honey and whole-pig roasting.