Discover Greece with Maria Moutsou

Okay hello and welcome to the next in Our series of webinars looking at Greece This time seven degrees so hopefully you Already aware have been running a series Of webinars throughout them as we are no Longer currently not available to do Classroom courses classroom events this Has been our way of trying to reach out About wine over the last few months and So they’ve all been free they’ve all Been recorded if you want to view any of The recordings they’re available on our Website and and yeah we’re excited to Bring you another event this evening I Hope you are too so that’s it for me I Will let Maria take over and introduce Herself and Thank You Julia and thank you everyone For being with us and welcome to this Webinar and my name is Miriam Watson I Am a WCT alumna but also I am a medic I’m a practicing doctor and a fellow of The earlier higher education Academy of UK now it’s been renamed as Haiti Advanced which is a professional a Professional body that supports and Oversees skills in the professional Environment and in academia so I had Training with them and I have been Participating in various activities with Them and I have done educational Activities within my profession for Staff and medical students and trainees But the wine is always another activity

What sort of drew drew me into wine is Quite interesting and I think it’s it’s A nice little Child but I would like to have with you There it’s it’s a three faceted Reasoning one is exploration of taste Because I think we are becoming Extremely visual and technical in our Modern life and some senses and some Which is simultaneously ways of thinking Being a little neglected so I think it Is a fantastic way to to sort of explore Taste and explore a certain type of Thinking that connects with more sort of Basic basic needs another reason is Exploration of terroirs which in effect Are very well tuned and very well Coordinated ecosystems so very good Terroirs the ones that give very good Wines are actually very well coordinated Systems complicated systems by which the Soil the climate values microorganisms Plants and animals insects and yeasts And so on they work in very good harmony And this doesn’t happen out of the blue It’s a process of many thousands of Years of fine tuning between the Different species so it’s interesting to Somehow be able to explore these their Wars Through an unexpected means which is Wine as pleasurable as well but it’s Very very interesting to see how such a Multitude of elements and factors can

Have an effect on basically what we eat I mean wine is a such such a fantastic And an fanciful product for Greeks is is Almost food so I would you know I Brought up to consider wine as a food Note that I Was fed with wine in my early age but Wine was on the family table every day Was never missing it was an important Part and I think for those communities In which wine has such a central role in The table this understanding of the wine As a food stretches out to sort of put It in in the environment and see it as a Product of a well-coordinated Ecosystem so the second the second Reason was this exploration of micro Systems and the third reason was Basically they use on the table as a Fine complement for food and to enhance Obviously the experience of tasting food And having the best possible experience As well as having a supplement in the Diet that can be quite beneficial Obviously we are not advocating Exaggeration and some doctors even Hippocrates and other people in the History of medicine they have they have Commended along the positive effect that Wine can have in the human body see it As a medicine you should always follow The rules and you should always follow The right dose so you can actually get Poisoned through a very good medicine so

Just putting putting a little bit of Sort of a limit there and then here we Are I have enjoyed very much being an Alumna and being a being a pupil in W Cities school and I will die I would Like to share with you things that i Have discovered along the way through The WCT is from my own sort of journey Of exploring Greek wine in depth Visiting those their walls and speaking To people And basically coming to discover some Wines that I think they’re genuine so Here we are today there will be a little Bit of Mythology a little bit of history If you see them differently they are Actually merging at one point there will Be a little bit of geography and then we Will focus on the three PDO regions that I have chosen today to showcase like a Little sort of little journey a little Brief journey throughout Greece through Three different regions PDO regions and Three varieties all PDO varieties and Then we will have a chance to taste Wines in chat which will be an important And very very interesting part so we are Ready to go let me see So I don’t know how many of you have you Been in Greece and it’s I believe it’s a It’s a good destination in summer people Generally like to go to Greece whether They have a child the chance or not I Don’t know how many of you have been in

Greece but basically Greece is a rocky Land that lies in the southeast of Europe Some people think it’s a frontier Geographical from there for Europe it Must definitely be a crossroads of Civilizations cultures melting pot and And the words Europe and Asia are Actually Greek words Europe means the Wide faced or the wide eyed and in four Ancient Greek aesthetic standards eight Men beautiful it is the name of Phoenician princess that was taken by by Zeus him being converted into a bull and Flew over the Aegean and the first the First reference of the word Europe Appears in enrollment in Elliot and is Consider The western border of the Aegean Interestingly so brings the idea of the Frontier here and as you may see I on The on the left hand side we have the Map of modern Greece which is it’s a a Lazy A lazy land in the south and east of Europe quite mountainous people think of Islands but actually there are lots of High mountains in Greece the highest Being Olympus the home of gods so you Can see that on the north it’s bordered By Albania North Macedonia Bulgaria and Turkey and on the on the east there is The Aegean Sea and Turkey on the west There is the Union see which divide so

Separates Greece from Italy and in the South we have the Sea of Crete excuse me And the sea of Crete so it is basically Lumps of mountains and rocks surrounded By sea it’s a windy country and sunny Country of course there is a multitude Of soils there has there’s a lot of Seismic activity in Greece I don’t know If you’re aware of that which explains The the big number of islands and so This means also there are streams under Undersea streams such a very active Place geologically as well so we said Sun wind interesting variety of soils And in different micro pearls which we Will turn to and going back in history I’ve got a picture I’ve got a map from National Geographic of ancient Greece That was the area of effect colonization So Greeks being sailors at heart they Have they have organized expeditions and They have Right to basically enlarge the area of Expand let’s say the civilization but Basically enlarge the area that they Could deal with exchange exchange Cultural elements and have trade with And you can see there that how much a Sailor sort of a group of people Greeks Out that they always wanted to stay near The shore and in this actually later on Extended on the on the western part of The Mediterranean and there are have Been Greek colonies all along now

Friends coast and the Iberia Iberia Peninsula nice the friend cities named After the Greek world Mickey Which means victory and so on so this is Very important when we think about the First not the first one of the first Wine traits that Greeks undertook so We’ll come back to that so as we said There is a variety of their walls in Greece there is a variety of land relief We have mountains a good number of Mountains over two thousand orbit or Near two thousand and over the highest Mountain of Greece is Olympus which is Near nearly three thousand meters so I Think it’s two thousand nine hundred and Forty somewhere there and so in the North the climate is continental and Inland it’s pretty continental and you Can see beautiful bridges on the left Artisanal bridges there are lots of them There are rivers as well so mountains Rivers so snow mountains rivers to find For further for the water sort of the Water volumes to find their way to the Sea nice bridges we have these rocky Islands spread on both seas and three Seas including the south The middle picture is of Santorini just Showing one side of the island Pretty mate and Marable Santorini is Very much lava but there are different So it’s not only lava so there is Definitely some marble there as it is in

All cyclists and there are sulfuric Copper and iron elements in the soil and On the right we’ve got a plane in a Mirror which is a valley so this is a Softer sort of landscape there with Vegetation olive trees orange and lemon Orchards of course vines and low Vegetation as well Bushes lots of helps in Greece and the Climates they differ as well from place To place the nice thing in greece is as It is such a bumpy and lazy country you Find clusters of of ecosystems very well Sort of tuned ecosystems and Self-sufficient and you find a different Climate in all this so the climate on The coast is mediterranean on the Islands and the rockiest and the driest Of those islands is mediterranean but But without water very little or no Water and then there is continental Climate inland especially from central Greece and going north and there is a Very cold climate up in the in the Mountains and low temperatures and there Are peaks that they are always snow Covered in grease believe or not people Wouldn’t believe that but it’s true Including only bush class some some Mountaintops in the Pindus range as well As in crete so there are there is one Peak definitely always snow covered in Greece in a creek so I call this a quasi Alpine I hope the environment people are

Not upset with me And there is a fantastic biodiversity in Greece and that is very important when We talk wine again believe or not so Lots of little herbs and that they can Live with very little arid conditions Because of these fine-tuned ecosystems We have to preserve so there’s lots of Fine lemon thyme various helps Immortelle you may have heard of it [Music] Rosemary all sorts of things there are About six thousand and six hundred and Something unique species in Greece Six thousand sorry I’m wrong they’re Sick around six thousand maybe three Hundred of weeds the five thousand seven Hundred and something are indeed zenus So any loss there is a loss for the Humanity so it shows how good and how Self sustained the psycho system is and Then you may have heard of Greek myths And they are very elaborate they’re very Intriguing and they sort the core of Those myths is basically the order in The world as I guess in many myths all Around the world with gods and Cyclops And Titans fighting to sort of establish A good order in the world you may have Heard I’m sure you know that twelve Olympian Ghats and there was another one So twelve Olympian gods six female and Six male and there was a thirteenth that Was a mean admitted in the Olympus and

That was the god of wine Dionysus so he Didn’t belong to the first twelve twelve Sun Pantheon and there was even I a hero Or semi God or demigod that was raised In to a divine position and was also Admitted and artists Hercules but he had To go through A lot of trouble in life so here we’ve Got be honest Romans called it called Him back hoes and what is interesting Here and that sort of inclusion in the In the major sort of group of gods it’s Sort of shows I think in a very graphic Way how the cultivation of wine came Into the Greek territory possibly from The Aegean islands in Crete and became Very important part of the Greek culture And if we sort of read the me Fiona Shoes was was not was born in Asia Minor And it was actually an imported God so The cultivation of wine basically came Into Greece from the Asia and was Incorporated fooling with festivals with Worshiping of the god of wine Essentially essentially into the Olympus And lots of rituals around it and they The Greeks even developed secondary gods That they had to do with drinking wine So wine as well as olive oil in Greece They were not just important products They were sacred products and following On on that basis on that mythological And cultural basis there was development Of of gatherings in which obviously the

Preparation of food was detailed and Wine drinking again was slow and Detailed and there were people serving The wine that they had a special role There there was there were eloquent Discussions during that so you’re not Allowed really to be drunk because you Had to discuss we With other people participating and so The mythology says that initially it was EB a goddess that was serving nectar and Ambrosia to the gods on the left and she Was the matter of the so millions of of The people that they were serving wine In them in the symbols in the bangles Later on after she she got married this Was passed to Ganymede is on the right Who was a male and then he became the Official symbol of of the gods now During the symposium They were definitely rules depending on Their own preferences of the people that They were participating Greeks used to Dilute used to have used to have to be Very fond of sweet and concentrated Wines and therefore they used to dilute Them with different kinds of water Including seawater so there was a sort Of there was a mystery as to how you Could dilute it to offer the maximum a Tasting pleasure the less of of effect In people’s ability to discuss and so on So we think that perhaps that was that Was the founding sort of point for for

For so many years in the art of serving Wine and then Greeks were traders and They were transporting wine everywhere In the north in the Black Sea in the West on the coasts of Italy now Italy France and Spain in the north of Africa And they have to benefit the most They have classified the wines depending On the region depending on the quality So superior wines would demand higher Prices and here we can see some unfroze And these were stacked at the bottom of The sea of the shade The Emperor’s became obsolete after the Invention of Baron by the Romans so they Are sort of the main transport means of The ancient world and obviously there is A very long history and there are Different phases there are highs and Lows during all these different episodes Of history Greeks have never ceased to Have to include wine into their daily Life being part of the table of the Daily table and being part of the major Cultural events as well every Celebration includes wine and wine it’s Been used in the Holy Communion as well Together with bread and wine so vine Cultivation has gone uninterrupted for All these centuries and millennia even During the Ottoman rule there were Special taxes paid to allow people to Continue with our cultivations including Vine cultivations and monasteries have

Played a very important role in in Continuing vine cultivation as well and Winemaking well as a big part of the Population being too poor to do that was Not able to and there has been a lot of Domestic wine production so farmers in Greece they were not specialists farmers They would have a bit of wheat a bit of Vine orchard and they would households Would do their own wines so that’s That’s fast More or less and we come into the Present so today we have chosen three Different regions starting and three Different terroirs very different so we Start from the northwest where the first Dot on the top is the area there the PDO Area is called Zizzi it’s up in the Mountains in the Pindus mountains and Pinder’s is a range that comes down from The Alps and as you can see this is a Physical map of Greece so you can see That it’s Mountainous and in fact the the longest Range is Pindos orders it says there the Rains so it sort of continues really Past the straight past the see straight Continues on to the Peloponnese and Really truly continues on to crete so There are there is underwater variation Of heights but it’s the same sort of Line of mountains that continues all the Way and that’s why in Crete we have such Tall mountains so the first stop is it’s

A it’s a video region the variety video Regions in Greece just a small here Parentheses how they were developed the Modern video regions were developed in The early 70s and they were developed Basically on the basis of wine variety Some video regions were developed on the Basis of wine style and but mostly grape Variety and there are 33 of them 33 PDO Regions for Greece So citta is the North West most hardest It’s a pretty small video region one of The smallest and if not the smallest With about 2,000 hectares just a little Bit over 2,000 hectares and only three Wineries three professional wineries They’re really really tiny the grape Variety the PDO grape varieties a wide Variety Divina the word Divina possibly Comes from Latin from the world’s del Vino which again emphasizes this sort of Cultural exchange that the Greek land Has been subject to has been theater of The second stop will be Nemea what that The largest the largest the do region of Greece Sonia is the blue spot on the Peloponnese Peloponnese is the hunt like Peninsula in the South mainland Greece And Namira is on it’s on the north part Of of the peninsula north and east it’s A valley it’s a valley that contains About 45 44 45 wineries the main great Variety in the PDO grape variety there Is a theoretical the most cultivated red

Grape of Greece red grape and known Since ancient times actually a they were There in the ancient times temples of EB I said that EB was the server of Ambrosia and nectar to the gods so they Used the worship EB there the ancient Name was clues and this is where Hercules has performed his first task The killing of the Nemean lion the Locals called red wine the blood of Hercules that’s our second stop and the Third stop is under ami very celebrated Very sort of they desired terrific Destination is a is a unique is a unique Place it’s it’s unique in many ways Historically it it signals the end of The Minoan civilization you may have Heard that there has been the there is Actually a volcano in Santorini there is An active volcano in Santorini Santorini Nowadays is formed of four islands one Of which is larger is the main island is What we call Santorini but there are Three smaller islands around it and they They all form sort of a circle in the Middle of weeks is the volcano the Volcano erupted creator had a huge Eruption in Iraq around 1600 BC which Created big earthquake This has been sort of felt across the Enzian including Crete and has basically Brought to soil buildings created tights Tsunamis that has reached the north Coast and even people believed that it

Was such a major event for the sort of The geological order of of the planet That it has even on that year there has Been no summer in China sort of change The the succession of seasons and that Was a major issue so far away that has Caused a change in the dynasties in China so that volcano eruption has Created this big sort of crater in the Middle of the sea And this has caused this beautiful sort Of cliff black leaf that we all know we Have seen in pictures of Santorini 300-meter and over of a black leaf on The top of weeds very picturesque a Picturesque houses line with beautiful Views of the sunset so that’s the Volcano there which makes basically the Soil very mineral rocky arid plus there Are other elements there are climatic Elements as we will see strong winds That sort of define the terror of Submarine so that’s these are the three We are going to now see and we are Moving on to the first one up in the North West 650 to 700 meters of altitude We have one yards of davina there is a Little bit of red wine there and red Great varieties but the majority is White and it’s planet with Davina So Davina is on the left is relatively Resistant it’s a wet It’s a wet sort of climate they’re the Winter start early they start more of

More or less at the end of August and Harvest happens at the beginning of August so it’s in terms of flavor it’s a Delicate variety I think it’s a good Time if you have the wines to give a go To see how how you find them it’s a Delicate variety but what is interesting In this wine there is a sort of a Backbone a mineral backbone so I’ve got I’ve got the wine next to me and for Those who have it there it’s it’s a Light sparkling wine so it’s not a fully Sparkling wine which means that the Pressure in the bottle it’s under three Atmospheres so you make all these Presenters it’s a light sparkling wine It’s been produced produced in the Seurat method which means that Fermentation takes place in a big vat Stainless steel but it is a traditional Style so in the older days fermentation Was happening in the barrels and it was Happening spontaneously so people would Would make wine in the usual way press The grapes put them in the bottle they Would start fermenting on their own they Would close the balance and the Fermentation would stop as the Temperature would go down as the winter Was starting so the wine stayed there Over the winter half fermented and then In the spring a second fermentation Would start and if a vessel was sealed Was well closed then the carbon dioxide

Of the second fermentation would stay in And create a light sparkling wine and That was a traditional style in that Region believe or not so it’s not it’s Not only champagne but has the privilege Of having traditionally sparkling wines So In in those old days people would use Different types of grapes mostly the White grape of the region but samurai This one But the final wine would be sparkling With the light sparkling as it is now Divina It’s it’s pretty interesting it is light Lemon in color with fine bubbles this This one is off trying so there is a Little bit of sweetness and the beauty Of and low alcohol so we are in a cool Climate there so alcohol is is 11.8 Degrees and the beauty in my opinion of This wine and I would start with you Afterwards I would like to take your Opinions of this is is a good balance Between the different elements so we Have a little bit of sweetness and we Have a little bit of residual sugar we Have high acidity because we need cool Climates we have delicate flavors of the Grape but a mineral backbone which has To do with the soil It’s a limey soil possibly with for Silica deposits at deeper levels and it Has this unmistakable mineral backbone

This wine and I think all these elements The the sort of citrus flavors delicate Sort of aromatic profile together with Sweetness together with acidity together With a minerality I think they create a Very pleasant sort of composition so It’s sort of I think it’s it’s very kind To the palate this this wine and this is From a winery more or less historic Winery in the region called the main Cleaners it’s been founded by left there Is cleaner bus on the right the other The eldest of the two on the lecture Form asked his son left air is cleaner Much work was one of them was The first winemaker Greek winemaker that Received education outside Greece in Bordeaux in the 70s modern winemaking in Greece started towards the end of the 50s beginning of 60s and started in Santorini as it was such a dualistic Place and that was the Renaissance of Greek wine but people basically improved The way of making wine try to Industrialize try to sort of increase Their volumes but training was very much Traditional as tradition dictates so Passing basically of information from Generation to generation and it was then In the seventies and later even more in The eighties that people decided to Visit well-known winemaking areas to Sort of understand better how when Winemaking can be good and create really

Nice wines so the the winery was formed Was founded after 1975 and they had Their first bottling in 1978 which was There is a sort of counter back part of The Debenham We are tasting today it’s a again light Sparkling rose a wine may made Predominantly by the de pinna variety 97% with a little bit of the red local Delight bukhari which makes it very much Interesting because the red variety I Explained different elements before Acidity sweetness minerality flavors now We have even a red grape there that adds A little bit of tannins and the Rose a Light sparkling is really really Interesting again a very nice sort of Dialogue between different tasting Elements so I think it’s a very good Wine especially if it’s your first wine So being being a winery in make this Making this as a first line I think it’s It’s it’s a fantastic fee feet and they Named the wine by local heroine a real Character lady Racine so nowadays the Winery obviously has developed has Obtained a very modern modern facilities Modern image has a number of different Wines has a few sparkling demeanor Labels method method something was two Of them a brute and and a semi semi Sweet They make drag Davina as well which also Has a video status and they also use

International great varieties in some Bottlings So it’s worth visiting a very different Perhaps a side of Greece and Greek Winemaking from perhaps the islands or Nemea or now so that you have heard of So that’s the that’s the wine we have in Today’s tasting hundred percent Indigenous Divina grapes and the yeasts Are also indigenous charmant methods and The fermentation is long so they sort of Try to imitate that traditional Winemaking where where when the wine Used to stay in the vessel not fully Fermented for the whole winter so they Harvest in August and then they they put In the tanks the wine stays fermented And there’s a second fermentation that Goes all the way to June when they both And our second stop we will because of Having two white wines we will have to Go to Santorini and then go back to Nemean we’re not going to follow the Sort of its geographic Geographic routes So we are going to make a stop in Santorini a great variety they are Predominantly acidic or 7% of them of The cultivation in Santorini as we said Santorini is sort of cut on one side on The western side because of the volcanic Eruption and this is what you can see on The picture On the left you see the sort of sharp Cliff this is what the volcano has

Created and you can see these creations Of the of different soils and rocks you Can see that you know there are some White parts and further in in the Horizon you’ve got more black parts some Areas are softer with sort of Pumas sort Of softer stone other are heavier proper Lava with a sort of metal metal content The interesting thing if you’ve got some Dharini Where wine is an important product of The island and I think it’s a surprise People myself I tried to sort of went There and I looked for divine yards and I thought that’s not the right way of Looking because I couldn’t see any you Actually have to look down on there on The ground so they don’t allow the vines To Train high up so that they are Protected from the wings and they sort Of they decide spread on the soil and When the vine grows in order to keep its Sort of core it’s it’s tree sort of Trunk they they they make a reef around It they make a basket they allowed they Allow it to sort of go round itself and Weave it weave the bronzes through the Main sort of ring circle and in that way They keep the whole sort of vine Together sometimes if there are strong Winds in the if the vines are on the on The higher parts of the islands they may Dig around that sort of reef that that Basket to allow it to stay very much at

At at soil level and so doesn’t doesn’t Rise very handle handle sort of Composition so it’s even and there or Just on on level on earth on ground Level and so And when you see it down below how it is At the beginning of the spring this one Is quite old actually the one at the Fall at the forefront but this is a good Way to show how the trunk sort of Manages to keep everything all the Branches together and then when when the Spring comes the leaves sort of allow The the plant the vine to relieve and They start the process of another cycle Of life of of budding and and fruit Bearing but it looks like that so the Winery I’ve got this under any wine from Is a is a is a local winery the same as The first one so all these wineries that I’m presenting today are local people You know there which is nice as nice as It is obviously to have visiting Winemakers but but this this is the case Now for this ones so they are locals and They have been winemaking for three Generations they used to be one of the Main Vince and the producers back in the Sixties and Vince and Oh was very Celebrated and it was the main wine for Exportation in those days and so I have The new generation here that brother and Sister of the winery I don’t have the Main winemaker because I couldn’t find

The picture so these are my pictures but I haven’t yet yet properly sort of filed Them so I found I’m sure he’s very happy I’m having the young generation here So by jellies in the mid raft and this Divine yet are in the south and part of The island which is the most lava lava Holding so the the the wines from the South and part of the island are Definitely more bold and mineral they Work with local varieties other than a Safety go that’s another interesting Thing and they do very good in tandem so They follow that tradition of decades And they do a very good vinsanto Very concentrated very thick very Flavoursome and yet very low in And they have these old barrels you see On them on the right of the picture the Lower barrels are the barrels of Silicone and they don’t need to be new They are very old disbalance they are 70 80 years old they just need to hold Basically then the liquid the wine and Just allow air basically to slowly Transform the wine whereas the top Barrels you see on the top rack there Are new bottles and these are for Maturation of their of the red wines and There they need the flavor so they they Have to go for new barrel and I have a Wine I have selected a wine called Nick Terry it’s a wine style in Sunderland It’s one of the best wine style system

In Sunderland and very celebrated Mctarry the name means of the night so The work night comes from mix or mikta The Greek word and means basically what What it does what it it is showing here Is that these grapes are being harvested At nighttime all the really hours of the Morning They are very ripe grapes so to make a Wine like this which is meant to be one Of the best you choose a very you choose A very good cloth and you allow the Grapes to ripe well ripe and then you Harvest or they harvest in the early Hours to allow freshness so it’s a hot Place especially in this summer with a Sort of night harvest they get the fruit At low the lowest possible temperatures Through this is over over over ripe or Well ripe so you expect a high alcoholic Degree a very sort of full full flavor And then to enhance the flavor they Mature the wine in parents for at least Three months so any wine that is named Mctarry and the many of the producers on The island they they want to have this Sort of signature and prestigious label And they they go for as we said a good Plot right grapes night harvest in at Least three months as violating of Course this depends on the style this One that we are having today it’s been Aged in barrel for six months and others May choose to actually eight for month

So really tonight It’s a winemakers preference and sort of Defines the style as well so this is a Complex wine very bold now the one I Have here is thirteen and a half degrees But it can vary it can vary between Fourteen and a half from thirteen and a Half to fourteen and a half so 14 is a Quite quite unexpected sort of strength Alcoholic strength for this type of wine And as I said it is multi-layered so and Always with a minerality that the Sunday Raining would would would create because Of the volcanic so soil and arid Conditions then we have Nemea in a year Utica I will come back and ask you I Want to go quickly on this at these Dates because I want to make sure we are Okay with time but once I sort of go Through the Nemean wine then I will I Will start with you so in a mere as we Said we are back in the Peloponnese in The mainland on the southern part and in A mere we have a few different again sub There ones because as we said it is a Valley and expands on the sides of a River so we have different altitudes Different levels and different soil Composition So the picture on the left is from Ancient Lamia and you can see their zeus Temple this is very nearby the winery of Which the wine we are tasting today and Your get achill grape looks very much

Like a Mediterranean red grape So it’s resistant with pretty thick Skins composed together so the grains Are composed and it’s a wine it’s a Great that can give wines of good Alcohol good amount of tannins and a lot Of basically red fruit some plum as well And sherry so it’s a very much a Mediterranean grape and here is the Personnel of the winery I’m showing to You again it’s a it’s a well-known Iconic winery the founder on the left She left us last summer I think at the Age of 92 or 93 his son on the right Jorge and in the background not clearly Seen his grandson so it’s it’s a sort of A row of of winemakers and the barrel Stacked on the lower picture so Winemaking finesse is Papa Johanna Left the School of Economics the Athens University because of Second World War And had his studies University stand is Interrupted he came back to the home to Home came back home and he took over the Vine yards the estate and he he managed Through his life to convert the estate To an organic estate before organic Cultivation was a trend 30 years ago too Make itself estates self-sustained so They only use grapes off of their own And he was one of the first that bottled Bottled wine as we said wine was was a Commodity and was produced and Circulated in different vessels without

Necessarily being bottled in Greece so And most importantly I forgot something Very important here he was the one that Took a sale to go out of Santorini so a Lots lots of achievements there so the Potential of a silica into Castle to go Out of Sundering and planted Nemea which Is a predominantly red wine producing Region with a Celtic on and now I said The core is cultivated everyone Increases such a well behaving grape and Producing really amazing wines and Terrible driven wines so that’s him and The wine we are tasting is that a state Nemea hundred percent a year Utica from The region organically cultivated and Also organic at bottling good fruit Selection measured extraction so it’s Not an over-the-top style you will see The color is not very very deep color Garnet predominantly ruby and some Garnet as well and much the wine is Matured in both friends in American oak For twelve months so the idea there is To produce a sort of broader style and Very pleasant with different elements From from the wood I think the beauty of This wine is that it’s nicely measured So all the main elements the flavor and Elements they coexist nicely with Without sort of overshadowing one Another so it’s a nice I think a nice Example of what balanced Can be in a wine so it’s balanced sheer

And satisfying and I think as we said There are about 45 wineries in the Region I think you know if you if you Want to do a tasting of the million Wines I think for for historic reasons But also for for for it’s tasting Qualities I think you wouldn’t do bad to Include this is one so the photos in the Presentation where mine and and some Were also from the wineries from the Mainland of us and I have tried to Credit sort of pictures of statues in The mythology part wherever I I took Them for from from the web and the maps Were also sourced web source and Available for free use and I thank you To the WI city school for giving me this Opportunity and the Greek winemakers for Doing their best and exceeding and Constantly elevating the standard of Greek wine goodness wines is an online Platform and they have offered this Tasting back at a very good value price And everyone who enjoys wine and Hopefully you know Greek wine will will Get a permanent place in the heart of The wine lovers and here is some Connection sandals for W city are doing A great job education is a very very you Know a very sensitive and and community Sort of self-serving so you sort of Create a community and you transfer Knowledge which is fantastic thank you Very much

That was really fascinating I don’t know If you were able to keep an eye on the Chat as you were going through but so Many people clearly so interested in What you were saying I think a few People might be looking to get hold of Some of those wines afterwards though Your description of them has made them Sound very enticing So yeah just a wonderful presentation Thank you so much for your time and I Think what we’ll do is end the recording Here