Mataroa Gold

Oenogenesis Mataroa Gold - Semillon - Natural Orange wine of Greece - Drama, Macedonia - Eklektikon

A Greek take on the Semillon variety, from the most Bordeaux-like region of Greece, Drama, by the hands of the experienced and French trained vigneron and oenologist, Bakis Tsalkos. A few days of skin contact and lack of manipulation gives the opportunity for terroir expression comparisons of this rare monovarietal dry vinification of the variety.

  • Grower: Oenogenesis
  • Vintage: 2022
  • Grapes: Semillon 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Drama
  • Alcohol: 12.50%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Low Intervention
  • Vinification: 48-hour skin contact is followed by a first mild press, and matures in stainless steel for 6 months on its fine lees with battonage, until bottled with few sulfites.
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  • Low Intervention
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with mild Winters and dry Summers.
  • Soil: Chalky clay
  • Vine age: Planted in 2008
  • Altitude: 210m
  • Slope: Plains
  • Planting density: 4,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 2.2 kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip, twice in July
  • Spraying: Twice per season due to heavy rains
  • Harvesting: Manually with wine sorting on the vine


  • Maceration: 48-hour skin contact in stainless steel
  • Pressing: Pneumatic press
  • Temperature Control: None
  • Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank for 24 days
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: 6 months on its own lees with regular stirring in stainless steel tank
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1,575 lt
  • Alcohol: 12.50%
  • Acidity: 5.47 gr/l
  • RS: 0.90 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 14.00 mg/l
  • Certification: –
  • Bottle: 750ml

Oenogenesis was founded in 2006 and is owned and operated by one of the greatest oenologists of Greece, Bakis Tsalkos.
Bakis was trained and experienced in Montpellier and Bordeaux for most of his life, and returned to Greece in 1985 to adapt his knowledge to the local terroir and grapes. He single-handedly launched the winemaking region of Drama, the youngest of Greece, which dominated the domestic market in the 90’s and early 2000. Drama is known for its elegance and aromatic expression in wines, as well as its optimal terroir for international grapes.
Bakis’ principle is the absence of anything chemical, with as little intervention or spraying in the vineyard, and vinification of the highest standards. Sulfites are kept below organic standards levels. At least 85% of grapes grow in estate owned vineyards.

Drama is situated on the foothills of mountain “Falakro” (literally “bald”, although the locals call it “the mountain of the flowers”). Drama built is in an area full of green and a lot of water. Very beautiful and hospitable, it has many picturesque neighborhoods, large squares, areas with green, and well maintained classic mansions. It is ideal for tourism in the Winter, as well as Fall and Spring excursions out in nature.