Monday, February 16, 2009

Greek Wines: Hellas Import Ltd

The Allagiannis Winery, located in the heart of Attica, is a small, boutique winery founded by Dimitris Allagiannis. Dimitris had been involved in wine for about 25 years before establishing his own winery. He now works with his son, Vassilis, trying to earn Greek wines an even greater reputation.
The 2007 Mantinia Allagiannis is made from 100% Moschofilero. It has a bright yellow color with an intense citrus smell. On the palate, it was full-bodied and almost creamy with flavors of lemon, orange and peach. It had a moderate finish and good structure. Would make a good food wine, or you could drink it on its own.

The Santorini Winery, located on the island of Santorini, has been owned and operated by the Karamolengos family since 1995.The 2005 Santorini Vin Santo is made from Assyrtico & Aidani grapes that have been sun-dried and then aged for two years in oak. This wine had a rich amber color with an enticing nose of caramel, vanilla and tropical fruit. On the palate, it had an intriguing melange of flavors including some unique fruit with strong caramel tones. It was not overly sweet and was a very smooth drink. A delightful, lingering finish that you did not want to end. Highly recommended.

These wines are all imported by Hellas Import Ltd.


Xandria said...

Thanks for reviewing some greek wines. I just had two amazing wines from Santorini: The 2006 Atlantis Dry Red Table Wine from Argyros Estates and the 2006 Santorini dry white wine which is 100% Assyrtico and absolutely delicious. I know you can get them both from Hellas Imports. My favorite dessert wine is Muscat of Samos but I have not yet tried that vin santo...Hope to see more reviews of Greek wines!

Richard Auffrey said...

Hi Xandria and welcome to my blog. I will check out those two wines that you mentioned. Thanks.