Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra, and operated by a local grower, Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, who is cultivating his 4.5 ha of vineyards biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m, with no irrigation. Indigenous to the historical village of Santomeri is the rare white grape Santameriana, as well as the famous (for its sweet wines) red grape Mavrodafni (literally “black laurel”), revived through impressive dry vinifications. Panagiotis is the only grower cultivating the Santameriana grape, and one of very few making dry monovarietal Mavrodafni.
The vineyards came to Panagiotis through his father and generations of wine growers. His vision was to continue the family tradition as authentically as possible, and raise awareness on the local indigenous grapes. His vinifications are based on healthy and rigorous fruits through dry, biodynamic vinification, and wild fermented and naturally vinified wines, with experimentation of aging in various materials (clay amphoras, cement, old oak).
- Winery: Sant’Or
- Focus: Rare indigenous Mavrodafni and Santameriana grapes in natural vinifications
- Region: Patra (Peloponnese)
- Year founded: 2007
- Size: 4.5 hectares
- Grapes: Mavrodafni / Agiorgitiko / Santameriana / Roditis
- Viticulture: Biodynamic / Dry
- Climate: Mild Winters, dry Summers
- Soil: Clay loam, chistose rocks
- Vine age: Planted in 1960 and 1987
- Altitude: 500m
- Percentage of estate owned grapes: 100%