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.

  • Winery: Mitzifiris
  • Focus: The local Vradiano variety, honest vinifications of local grapes
  • Region: Evia (Central Greece)
  • Year founded: 2003
  • Size: 4.5 hectares
  • Grapes: Vradiano, Savatiano, Moschofilero, Roditis
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Mediterranean, with mild Winters, and cool and sunny Summers.
  • Soil: Sandy clay with adequate drainage
  • Vine age: Planted in 2003
  • Altitude: None
  • Distance from coast: 1 mile
  • Percentage of estate owned grapes: 100%

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.