Melanthia Ancestral rosé

Melanthia Ancestral - Black Muscat of Tyrnavos - Rosé Greek pet nat sparkling - Papras Bio Wines - Tyrnavos, Greece - Organic Natural wines - Eklektikon

Melanthia (meaning “black flower”) Ancestral is a sparkling natural wine that ferments in a close tank, and finishes off its last residual sugars in the bottle, creating a dry, crunchy and floral experience around the rare Black Muscat of Tyrnavos grape.

  • Grower: Papras Bio Wines
  • Vintage: 2022
  • Type: Rosé Pet Nat Sparkling Dry Wine
  • Grapes: Black Muscat of Tyrnavos 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Tyrnavos
  • Alcohol: 12.00%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Certified Organic
  • Vinification: Fermentation starts in a closed tank and finishes spontaneously in the bottle.
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  • Certified Organic
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate, affected by the nearby Olympus mountain
  • Soil: Mainly limestone, with good draining properties
  • Vine age: Planted in 1991
  • Altitude: 110m
  • Slope: 3%
  • Planting density: 3,800 plants / ha
  • Yield: 2-3kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip irrigation once or twice, if needed
  • Spraying: 1-2 per season (bluestone / sulfur), if needed
  • Harvesting: Manually


  • Maceration: Skin contact for 1 week
  • Pressing: None
  • Temperature Control: None
  • Fermentation: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast in a closed tank for 20 days
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: None
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 2,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 12.00%
  • Acidity: 5.60 gr/l
  • Volatile Acidity: 0.40 gr/l
  • RS: 0.00 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 40 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Papras Bio Wines  is operated by the Papras family. Stergios Papras, the family’s oenologist, has been a pioneer of organic viticulture in Greece. The family’s vineyards have been certified organic since 1990, one of the first to receive organic certification in Greece. The focus is on sparkling wines and the local “Black Muscat of Tyrnavos“. The terroir and the breeze from the nearby mount Olympus, make Tyrnavos ideal for sparkling and aromatic wines.

Tyrnavos is sitting on the south slopes of the mythical mount Olympus, on the region of Thessaly in Greece. The proximity to the mountain, and the river that encircles the town of 16,800 people, define its terroir. Tyrnavos is mainly known for its production of tsipouro and ouzo, and is considered the birthplace of ouzo. Tyrnavos is also famous for a Dionysian carnival celebration named “Bourani”, which is known for its celebration of phallic symbols.