Lilas Vradiano

Lilas Vradiano - Mitzifiris Organic Vineyards - Evia, Central Greece, Greece - natural light red dry wine - Vradiano - Eklektikon

Lilas red, taking its name from the nearby historical Lilas river, is a restoration of the battered Lilantine field (erosion from the ceramic industry and brutal ancient wars) and a return to production of beautifully expressive products. This wine is made from the red, local, Vradiano variety (the “night grape”).

  • Grower: Mitzifiris
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Type: Light Red Dry Wine
  • Grapes: Vradiano 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Evia
  • Alcohol: 13.10%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic certified
  • Vinification: Straight forward vinification in stainless steel tanks with no additives or manipulation, except for a few sulfites after harvest and after malolactic completion. Maceration is for 6 days, giving a light red result due to the low pigmentation of the variety.
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Viticulture

  • Organic Certified
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with mild winters and cool sunny summers
  • Soil: Sandy well-drained clay soil
  • Vine age: Planted in 2012
  • Altitude: Plain
  • Slope: 5%
  • Planting density: 1 x 2.2 meters
  • Yield: 2.1 kg/plant
  • Irrigation: Watering twice a year, with micro-drip system, from wellbores, in a small quantity until the grapevines get a sufficient amount of water, but not getting too stressed.
  • Spraying: Spraying twice a year,with sulfur and copper
  • Harvesting: Manually in plastic crates

Vinification

  • Maceration: 6 days in a stainless steel
  • Pressing: Pneumatic
  • Temperature Control: Cold extraction at 12°C, skin contact at 19-22°C, fermentation completion at 26-29°C
  • Yeast: Native (spontaneous fermentation for 30 days in stainless steel)
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: In stainless steel tank for 4 months and in bottle for 2 months
  • Clarification: Natural
  • Filtration: Mild filtration before bottling with plate filter
  • Production: 1000 lt
  • Alcohol: 13.10%
  • Acidity: 6.00 gr/l
  • RS: 6.20 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 50.0 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Nikos Mitzifiris is a third generation vigneron / winemaker and is located inside the historical Lilandian plain, which hosted the first civil war of ancient Greece, between the local powers of Chalcis and Eretria, and their allies. Certified organic for more than 20 years, he has always been vinifying without additives, and commercial yeast never set foot on his winery. The local reddish variety Vradiano (the night grape) is of particular interest and is rarely seen outside of the small enclave around Chalcis and Evia.

Evia, the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean, is located close to the Prefecture of Attica. However, it has a somewhat mainland character, since two bridges – the modern, suspended one and the older, sliding one – link it to mainland Greece, called “Sterea Ellada”.

Only 80 km away from Athens, the city of the sacred fountain of Arethousa is the main gate to the island of Evia. Thanks to its strategic geographic position, the city has remained a crossroad of cultures and ideas over the centuries, an apple of discord for many foreign conquerors.

Eretria was a dominant maritime, commercial and agricultural power which established colonies in the Aegean region and in Southern Italy. The ancient city’s ruins include its impressive theater (5th century B.C), the temples of Dafniforos Apollo, Dionysus, Dimitra and Isida, and the “mosaic house” (370 B.C.) with mosaic floors dating back to 4th century B.C.