Domaine Porto Carras S.A.

Greece Macedonia / Μακεδονία

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The Greek winery headquartered in Thessaloniki in the region Makedonien was founded in the early 1960s by ship magnate and multimillionaire Ioanni Carras (1905-1990). However, the winery was "only" pa...
Name: Domaine Porto Carras S.A.
Owner: Technical Olympic Group of Companies
Wine Maker: Freddy Grez Navarro
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0.75 L
2010 P.G.I. Sithonias Assyrtiko dry BIO
Up to 10.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas blättrige, leicht gedeckte und zart petrolige Kernobstnase. Blättrige, brotige und rosinige No...
0.75 L
2010 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα dry Blanc de Blancs, BIO
Up to 10.00 €
Editor note: Slightly muted notes, light nutty and earthy notes, some partly dried yellow fruit. Some more dried...
0.75 L
2010 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα Limnio dry BIO
Up to 15.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Leicht erdig und zitrusfruchtig in der kräuterigen und gewürzigen Nase nach eingelegten Cranberry. I...
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2004 P.D.O. Plagies Melitona (O.P.A.P.) / Πλαγιές Μελίτωνα Chateau Porto Carras, BIO
Up to 25.00 €
Editor note: Compact nose, dried berries, herbaceous and some light burnt notes, cedar, pimento and juniper, some...
0.75 L
2009 P.G.I. Sithonias dry
Up to 15.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Leicht animalische, noch ziemlich jugendliche Kirsch-Rotbeerennase mit Kräutertönen. Unkomplizierte...
The Greek winery headquartered in Thessaloniki in the region Macedonia was founded in the early 1960s by ship magnate and multimillionaire Ioanni Carras (1905-1990). However, the winery was "only" part of a huge project with a few hotels, marinas, golf courses etc. The ambitious goal of Carras was to initiate a new era in the viticulture of his home and the best wine Greece to produce. The total property with all facilities covers 1,800 hectares, the terraced vineyards with 475 hectares are located on the banks of the Aegean on Sithonia, the middle finger of the Chalkidike peninsula. They form the entire appellation Côtes de Meliton (Playies Melitona). The use of French terms has been chosen deliberately, because you orientate yourself with the grape varieties, the vinification and the expansion according to the French model.

A number of methodological experiments were started in an area that had not previously been used for viticulture. Under the supervision of experts, professors from the University of Thessaloniki, and Professor Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) from the University of Bordeaux began extensive work. The forest was partly preserved to serve as a natural barrier against the wind and excessive temperatures. Entire hills were redesigned using bulldozers to achieve better sun exposure. The first vineyards were not planted until 1965.

27 different grape varieties were cultivated, including 13 French and 14 Greek. Studies have shown that the French vines thrive better at higher altitudes (300 to 400 meters), the native ones at around 200 to 300 meters. The vineyards are planted with the French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cinsault, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc and the native varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri, Limnio, Malagouisa, Roditis and Xynomavro. It is 60% white wine and 40% red wine. The first harvest took place in 1972, however, due to various major problems, the entire wine had to be destroyed.

The cellar master in charge was fired and the well-known wine maker Evangelos Gerovassiliou was hired. The French-oriented wines are aged in French oak and marketed under the name "Côtes de Meliton". The premium red wine "Château Carras" is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Limnio. Wines from predominantly Greek varieties are produced under the "Domaine Porto Carras" brand. From the beginning of the 1990s there were major financial problems, after the 1997 vintage there was a total standstill. The entire property and winery have been owned by the Technical Olympic Group of Companies since 2002. All vineyards are now cultivated according to the guidelines of the organic viticulture cultured.

Awards of wine competitions

Year Name Wine Award
2016 Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Magnus Baccata, 2013, P.G.I. Sithonia GOLD
2017 Thessaloniki Chateau Le Grand Blanc, 2015, P.G.I. Sithonia Grand Gold
Domaine Porto Carras S.A. Region: Greece Macedonia / Μακεδονία
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