Our Oenologist, Lefteris Anagnostou, presented the Harvest bulletin for 2017. In brief:
"In a year of extremities the result is expected to be quite interesting! The grapes were characterized by unevenness in quality depending on the area: Several grapes dehydrated from the heat, with good hygienic condition but also with unevenness of ripening. The tanks are characterized by higher alcohol dynamics than in previous years, milder acidity compared to 2016, finesse and the distinctive "Santorini spirit".
James Halliday gives Terra Nera a high score! Knowing that Asyrtiko 2016 was one of the wines that he had distinguished during Yiannis Karakasis MW Masterclass of Greek Wines in Melbourne, we are especially pleased to read his extraordinary review for Terra Nera 2016. Photo: Yiannis Karakasis.
Our new wine Mystirio is reviewed by wine specialists such as Yiannis Karakasis MW and receives possitive critics. Read more at: www.facebook.com/karakasis.mw/photos/a.966906676739945.1073741830.931992300231383/1383824305048178/?type=3&theater
Artemis Karamolegos Winery innovates presenting the first "orange" Santorini! MYSTIRIO/14: a natural wine which is a free expression, a modern point of view in a traditional canvas. It is the result of a mysterious voyage searching the different expression and the limits of Assyrtiko!
More details at http://www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/…/winery-santorini…
We would like to thank Ζoltan Szabo for his review about our Assyrtiko 2015! Read more at: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440965392949203&set=a.105899529789126.1073741827.100011072374174&type=3&theater
This year's harvest in Santorini is just around the corner! It is characterized by the high rainfall for the region during the winter and spring, reminding us of the winter of 2015. Low temperature and snowfall are phenomena rare for the island and have delayed the "Eye development" of the vines by about 2 weeks compared to last year. The lack of usual winds led to a smooth fruit setting, while the sporadic rainfall in May and June did not affect the health of the grapes. Plants are characterized by increased liveliness due to the aqueous stock. The performance is expected to be slightly lower than last year's levels. The harvest is estimated within the first 10 days of August and the season is expected to be very interesting for wine makers!
Back by popular demand and for the third year in a row, Wines of Greece return to Australia 19 - 26 June 2017 to showcase up to 80 of the country’s best and latest wines -among them Artemis Karamolegos's. A series of trade and consumer tastings will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide including the most in-depth masterclasses ever on Greek wines led by Greece’s second-only and newest Master of Wine, Yiannis Karakasis Master of Wine.
Always updating our photographic material we organized a new photographic session in our Wine tasting yard. The materilal will be used in our web site and the social media!
The Judges selection Award for our Santorini 2016 as the best white wine in Greece!
Α unique moment for the history of our Winery: The TEXSOM IWA 2017 Judges' Selection for our Santorini as the best white wine in Greece! It was awarded during ProWein.
We participated in this year's ProWein with a stand. Visitors exceeded 80,000 while there were 6.527 exhibitors from around the world.
Great moment for our winery! Assyrtiko 2016 and Santorini 2016, both PDO SANTORINI, were awarded with Gold Medal in TEXSOM IWA 2017 which was held in Dallas, USA. It is the most important wine competition of the United States and one of the most recognized worldwide! It is organized by a team of Master Sommelier and the jury is composed by several Master of Wine and Master Sommelier among other recognized people in wine business!
Significant traffic had our stand at Oenorama 2017, held during 11-13 March, at Zappeion. Our Pyritis was tested by dozens of wine experts, journalists and visitors, as well as our other wines. Artemis Karamolegos was there, with the Development Director of our winery D.Kekas, our oenologist Lefteris Anagnostou and others.
At the International Wine and Spirits Competition of Thessaloniki our winery won Gold Award for Assyrtiko 2016 and Silver for Santorini 2016, Terra Nerra white and Nykteri 2015! See the awards at: www.krasiagr.com/apotelesmata-17-diethnous-diagwnismou-oin…/
Silver medal for Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko in Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2017! The Grand International Wine Award was first held in 2001. Even at its debut, it registered 2.235 entries from all the major wine-growing regions in the world. The Mundus Vini International Wine Awards has grown in leaps and bounds with over 6000 entries at present. The purpose on the awards is to promote and indicate quality and to help in the decision making of consumers when purchasing wine. It also provides winemakers and wineries with recognition for their work. Wines from all regions of the world are entered to compete against one another in several different categories.
Artemis Karamolegos Winery will take part in this year’s International Trade Fair ProWein, in Dusseldorf, Germany, 19 -21.03.2017. ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits, the largest industry meeting for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy.
Our winery participates in Oenorama 2017, held in Zappeion, Athens, during 11-13 of March. We will be in the blue zone, in the stand of Vinalia.
Excellent reviews for three of our wines by Yiannis Karakasis MW, as they are published at his ebook "The Vineyards & Wines of Greece 2017". High scores and superb critics for Vinsanto 2007 (94/100), Pyritis 2015 (92/100) and Assyrtiko Santorini 2015 (90/100)! Vinsanto is placed among Top 10 Sweet Greek Wines!! Read more at http://www.karakasis.mw/vineyards-wines-greece-2017
Our new menu is served in Aroma Avlis Food & Wine. Some of the new dishes: Kadaifi with cycladic cheese variety, cake salad, Hunkar Begendi, Rib eye Black Angus, Tomahawk steak. You may combine them with Artemis Karamolegos wines!
2016 Santorini blend and Assyrtiko Santorini are ready! New vintage, new hands and new techniques on the wines, same vision: the true expression of Santorini! Discover it!
Great news for our winery! Vinsanto 2007, Nykteri 2014 and Pyritis 2015 were tasted by Julia Harding MW. Excellent reviews and high scores as they are published in Jancis Robinson’s official site: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings
We take part in HO.RE.CA., a World Class Trade Show, 10-13 February, at METROPOLITAN EXPO. Visitors can find us on the stand of VINALIA. The host is Mr Dimitris Kekas, Business Development Director of our winery.
An excellent critic of Master Sommelier John Szabo about Pyritis on www.winealign.com/…/93783-Karamolegos-Pyritis-Mega-Cuvee-20…
Presentation of our winery in Santorini Association for the General list market makers and Vintage for the Ontario Monopoly, in Canada. Next to Mr Dimitris Kekas, Βusiness Development Director of our winery, is the supplier of our wines to our importer, Mr. Ververis Polichronis. View more on: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154247617736088&set=a.10150373786951088.355461.603116087&type=3&theater
Pyritis Mega Cuvee, by Artemis Karamolegos. We are proud to present our new wine on: http://www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/en/winery-santorini-wines-00.php
Wine critics and presentations were also made in Oinologos Magazine (December issue) and Vinologio.
Cosmic Wines is proud to announce that the Terra Nera Assyrtiko is being stocked at the best wine store in Melbourne and probably in the Southern Hemisphere-Prince Wine Store. Please visit: www.princewinestore.com.au/…/artemis-karamolegos-assyrtiko-…
During December we completed the bottling in our winery. Thus Aidani 2016, Terra Nera Rosé 2016, Nykteri 2015 and Mavrotragano 2014 will soon be available in the market.
On October 31, our Business Development Director, Mr. Dimitris Kekas, will present the wines of Artemis Karamolegos at the Wine Salon organized by MEDITERRAN wine importing company. The event will take place in Munich, in the GEISEL'S VINOTHEK of the EXCELSIOR hotel.
We kindly remind you that in the front yard of our Winery chef Chris Coskinas teaches our guests about the local cuisine, cooking and local products. At the end of the lesson our guests enjoy their dishes along with our wines in Aroma Avlis Food & Wine. Book your cooking class on: email@example.com
On Monday October 17, at Electra Metropolis Hotel, at 7:30 pm, the world's first official presentation of the book of John Szabo MS: "Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power" was held. He presented the tasting of eight representative volcanic wines chosen from Santorini and the rest of the world. The publication is illustrated with more than 400 breathtaking photos and highlights the unique beauty of the volcanic vineyards. Speakers were Dr Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Giannis Karakasis MW and Sofia Perpera. Our winery was among the sponsors of the event. Read about John in www.johnszabo.com/
We attended the International Conference on Wine Tourism (October 14-16), at the Convention Center Peter M. Nomikos, at Firostefani. Of particular interest was the Round Table of Wine Tourism development potential in Greece titled "Tracing the challenges and creating a shared vision".
Artemis Karamolegos Winery is proud to announce its collaboration with Aegean Airlines. Come October our Santorini white wine will be offered to all passengers in the lobbies of Aegean Airlines. Read more about Santorini wine on: www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/…/winery-santorini-wines-…
Latest from our Winery: The harvest is completed. The mavrotragano entered the barrels, the assyrtiko and aidani is in the fermentation process.
About the harvest in Santorini: According to our experts, it is an early one and we are going to have increased production with very good acidity and enough sugars. The grapes are in very good condition.
High ratings for Artemis Karamolegos Santorini and Assyrtiko from the famous wine critic Mark Squires, Wine Advocate in eRobertParker.com- the independent consumer's guide to fine wines. His portfolio includes Greece, much of the Middle East (Israel, Lebanon) and others.
Watch an interesting video about our winery on youtube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=npMET_7drLc). Master chef Yiannis Karakasis, Vasilis Galanos and our Development Director Dimitris Kekas tour around Arttemis Karamolegos winery. Dimitris Galanos combines dishes from Aroma Avlis Food & Wine with our white wines.
Our Winery launched two brand new semi sparkling wines this month!
PNOE WHITE: The new semi sparkling Pnoe white from Artemis Karamolegos is a blend of indigenous to Santorini varieties, Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani with the Aegean varieties of Platani, Kritiko and Katsano. Pale gold colour with discreet aromas of citrus fruit, lemon blossom and candied yellow fruit like pear and apricot. Medium sweet on the palate yet well balanced due to the wine’s fresh underlying acidity. Enjoy it as an aperitif or pair it with summer fruit salads, biscuits or citrus flavoured cakes. Drink it at 6-8C.
PNOE ROSE: This is the brand new semi sparkling rose by Artemis Karamolegos blending the indigenous varieties of Mavrotragano, Madilaria, Mavrathiro and Voudomato. It shows a very fresh and sensual nose of raspberries and red cherries with notes of violets and roses. There is also a spicy touch. Round, well balanced on the palate with zesty acidity and long smooth finish. Enjoy it as an aperitif or try it with creamy cheeses, fruit salads, strawberries and cherries.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded with Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor! It recognizes and honors businesses that got great reviews from travelers, during the last year.
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Οne more distinction for the wines of our winery, this time from the IWSC -International Wine & Spirits Competition (www.iwsc.net): Βronze medals for Santorini 2015 and Assyrtiko 2015! See our other awards on: www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/en/winery-santorini-awards.php
An outstanding wine critic of Feredini, the Santorini Assyrtiko we export, by Master Sommelier Andy Myers in Food & Wine blog, as one of 12 top white wines of the Mediterranean! Read it on: www.foodandwine.com/blogs/master-sommeliers-guide-12-great-mediterranean-whites?xid=emailsharebar
AROMA AVLIS OPEN BUFFET
13:00 - 19:00
Lettuce salad, Greek Salad, Root beets salad
Tzatziki, Cheese spread with feta, Variety of Greek cheese
Kokoretsi (traditional Greek variety meat roll roasted), Kontosouvli (traditional Greek pork roll roasted), Lamb roasted
Oven potatoes, Rice with vegetables
Eggs colored traditionally for Easter, Meletinia (traditional Easter sweet)
Price per person: 35 euros (does not include wines/drinks)
April is the month of the promotion of our wines in New York, San Francisco and Toronto. The Development Director of our winery, Mr. Dimitris Kekas, participated in the event Wines from Santorini and met Mr Chronis Ververis, importer of our wines in Canada and Jery Gain, of Riverdalewines. Our wines are already sold by the State Monopoly of Canada (LCPO) in Toronto. Our Vinsanto won more accolades at the event held in the Peruvian restaurant La Mar, in San Francisco.
http://www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/oinopoieio-santorini-news.php...The new menu of our restaurant Aroma Avlis Food and Wine in pdf format is now on our web site. It includes delicious appetizers, fresh salads, creative main dishes and traditional Greek desserts. You will enjoy our dishes with the wines of our Winery and our famous Vinsanto.
Gold medal for our VINSANTO 2007, silver for SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO & SANTORINI PDO! These were our awards by the160 international wine experts from 36 countries who came here to Neustadt as guests to the 18th Grand International Wine Award MUNDUS VINI spring tasting 2016. They carried out a professional sampling of the wine you submitted, and rewarded it with a medal for its excellent quality. Overall the members of our jury awarded this year 39 of the coveted Grand Gold-Medals, 960 Gold-Medals and 1064 Silver-Medals. Read more in www.meininger.de/en/tasting-results
The month of exhibitions! From 19 to March 21st we were back to Athens, participating in FoodExpo Greece, at Hall 7, D05 to promote our exports. A chance to get together and taste our wines. More information on www.foodexpo.gr
Our new, international, appointment is at ProWein "International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits", March 13-15 in Dussendorf, Germany. We will be in Hall 9, C75. Prowein Dusseldorf 2016 is one of the main international trade fair events for wines and spirits. It all started 20 years ago, and today ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for business with international wines and spirits. Meanwhile, the number of exhibitors is 15 times higher, 30 times more visitors come to the fair and the number of participating countries is 6 times higher. Visit www.prowein.com for more information
Best sommelier of the world in 2007, owner of the famous web site www.blindtasted.com, Andreas executed a blind taste on our Vinsanto. We scored 92/100! As he comments "... I would talk about a quite traditional Mediterranean style of sweet wine. Without begin too poetic, I think this is really what the great renounced sweet wines tasted like in the antique times. I like it a lot. Well-balanced complex and enjoyable to drink. Watch the video in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3ITMw_zlM&feature=youtu.be
From the beginning, back in the 90’s when he was a young sommelier, Andreas Larsson was a firm believer in blind tasting as the only true way to taste wine. The absolute objectivity of blind tasting allows the taster to focus exclusively on his or her senses, without preconceptions about the wine clouding their judgement. Andreas focused mainly on that tasting approach when on his quest to become Best Sommelier of the World, a goal he reached in 2007; and he attributes his success largely to his dedication to blind tasting all levels of wine and spirits.
Our winery participated in Oenorama wine exhibition at Zappeion, Athens, between 5-7 March. The exhibition is organized every year since 1994. Dozens of experts and friends of wine passed by our booth to taste our wines and to become acquainted with Artemis Karamolegos who was there together with our associates.
Our restaurant, Aroma Avlis Food & Wine, reopens on February the 17th! Serving delicious dishes from the Greek and the Mediterranean cuisine, from noon until late at night, in the courtyards and on the inside with the cheerful decor. Our trained waiters, aware of the range of our wines, will help you choose those that best suit the dishes you choose. A holistic proposal for an authentic tasting experience!
DREAMWINE praises our Vinsanto. Located near Bordeaux since 1999, Dreamwine specializes in these oldies dating back over a century. Specialist in old Sauternes and dessert wines of the world. Recently we received very enthusiastic comments about our Vinsanto. Read more in www.facebook.com/Dreamwine-Tastings-624615784362455/?fref=ts
According to Conde Nast Traveller, Santorini is one of the 9 best wine destinations to visit during 2016! As the article points out: "Besides pristine waters and iconic blue-and-white houses, there’s another reason to visit this stunning Mediterranean island: the wine. Volcanic soils lend the local Assyrtiko whites a distinctive minerality that makes them especially great with grilled squid and octopus, whole baked fish, and other classic Greek island foods. “I love Assyrtiko,” says Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The NoMad, NYC, “and Santorini is the perfect wine destination: a great combination of beautiful place and fantastic wines”. Read the article in www.cntraveler.com/…/…/the-hottest-wine-destinations-of-2016
Our winery in Exo Gonia, Santorini, will be open during Christmas and New Year's Eve, so you may buy our wines as a present for your friends and family. You may also buy our wines all over Greece in the super Markets A.B. Vasilopoulos, Veropoulos, Marinopoulos, Thanopoulos and in wine cellars in Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos, Mykonos, Paros.
Artemis Karamolegos Winery participates in the exhibition Map of Flavors to be held in Thessaloniki the weekend Saturday 28th -Sunday 29th on November 2015, at warehouse C, Thessaloniki Port. The opening hours are 12: 00-20: 00 and you will find us at stand 234.
It will be our great pleasure to visit us at our stand to meet and taste the wines of our winery.
In the exhibition Map of Tastes to be held in Thessaloniki the weekend Saturday 28th -Sunday 29th on November 2015, we will present our new print matters and banners. They are being created by Experience Greece (www.xprgr.com), which has also created our web site and manages the social media of our Winery and Aroma Avlis Food & Wine. Modern and elegant, the print matters represent our philosophy, which is to combine tradition and modern technologies. It is part of the single strategy of our pioneering and innovative business in Santorini.
On October 3rd, the wine lawyers from the global community who attended the significant conference of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV) at the conference center P. Nomikos (2-4.10.2015) in Fira, Santorini, enjoyed a dinner at the Wine Tasting area of our Winery and our fragrant courtyard. They were joined by wine journalists and oenologists. The 2006 Vinsanto of Artemis Karamolegos, which recently received the Mundus Vini award, stole the show completing the fabulous dinner created by our chef, Christos Koskinas, and edited by Nikos Fotiadis, President of the Institute of Greek Dietary Culture & Gastronomy.
Among the diners was Mr. Theodoros Georgopoulos, Lawyer and Academic, holder of the chair of Wine Law at the University of Reims, Chairman of the Greek Wine Association.
The menu, accompanied by exquisite white and red wines, consisted of fresh salads, traditional kavourma, tomato balls, white eggplant with tomato paste and yogurt sauce, stew and delicious orange pie with mastic ice cream.
Over the four days of the 17th MUNDUS VINI Grand International Wine Award at the start of September an international jury of 150 experts awarded 33 "Grand Gold" medals, with a further 768 wines being awarded Gold medals and 858 winning Silver. Just over 4,300 wines from about 40 countries of origin had been entered for the summer tasting. Artemis Karamolegos Vinsanto won the Mundus Vini Gold 2015 in its category! www.meininger.de/en/wine/2006-vinsanto-santorini
Our 2006 Vinsanto combines low alcohol content (9.5% V) hence high residual sugar (258gr / lit), high concentration (raisined for 10 days) and maturation in French oak barrels (15% new-85% second and third use) for 72 months. Its composition consists of 85% selected assyrtiko and 15% aidani. An explosive Vinsanto with long ageing potential. Mark Squire (Alan Parker group) described it as follows giving it 94 points: "It's like going down a steep hill on a bike without brakes, and in the end you realize that you made it safe and sound".
Vinsanto is identical to the island of Santorini. The origin of its name (Vino di Santorini> VinoSanto> Vinsanto) and the varietal composition (Assyrtiko-aidani) are the products of the Santorinian Land, whose creator, the famous volcano, is still there breathing silently.
The indelible features of the region -volcano, vine and sunset –constituted the core of inspiration for the design of our new label. The black background is predominant. Predominant is the black of the lava, as well in the whole landscape of the island. In the center of the label, the solar disk dominates with the colors of the sunset. Finally, the three spirals refer to the unique way of wine pruning developed on Santorini, the famous “kouloura”. The microclimate of Santorini (volcanic subsoil, hot and dry climate, evening hydration fogs) and the system of wine pruning (kouloura ) which protects and revitalizes the vine, are those reflected in our new label decorating from now on the bottle of Vinsanto 2006.
Tara Q. Thomas, the famous international wine critic and editor for Wine & Spirits for over a decade, published this month an article about the Santorini Assyrtiko, including a critic about the Artemis Karamolegos 2014 Santorini Assyrtiko. Tara specializes in the wines of Greece, having lived and cooked in Athens, and also covers the wines of Southern France and Eastern Europe. “You can really see the lava”, was the impressive introduction to the presentation of Artemis Karamolegos 2014 Santorini Assyrtiko.
In the article she refers to Lazarakis’ comment on how “the wine starts out fresh and simple, then builds flavor slowly and steadily. There is nothing extreme about this wine; it simply ticks off the requirements of a Santorini: clarity, minerality, acidity, all in balance. It makes sense when you see that it is Karamolegos. Based in Exo Gonia, where most of the island's wine industry is centered, the family has grown grapes on Santorini since 1952. By 2004, when Artemis Karamolegos built a winery and began making wine, he was managing 62 acres of vineyards, much of which he owns".
The article concludes with Kouri’s phrase: “They know the vineyards. And we taste it in the glass. There is nothing stylized about it. It is classic Santorini”.
The harvest is completed and everyone is ... on their toes in our Winery! The grapes are received and selected and then the must is pressed and placed in tanks. During all the stages of the new year's wine production everybody is fully committed and work all day non-stop. A real joy for all of us, full of creativity and festive mood.The word "vedema" is Italian and stands for the harvest. In the old days the wine production was also crucial for the economy of the island, and each family produced its own wine to cover their needs, and later, to export it. Grapes were transported to kanaves (wineries) and depending on their color (white or black) were thrown in a different winepress. Pressing grapes was not an easy job. Whoever entered had to withstand must fumes and not get dizzy! Pressing started at night. They washed their feet thoroughly and they were lightly dressed. They tied a scarf to their heads and had a basil hanging from their ear for smelling it. There was a great celebration the day the pressing ended.
View photos of our August 2015 Vedema in our Gallery.
Our new patio offers panoramic views of the beaches Monolithos-Avis as well as the island of Anafi! You can also admire the vineyards and fields of the estate with the seasonal vegetables and horticultural products -aubergines, zucchinis, Santorini cherry tomatoes, melons, watermelons- which are used as fresh raw materials in the restaurant menu. Happy, shady, welcoming, full of flowers, sofas in earthy colors and white tables, it is an oasis where you can enjoy the fine flavors of the Greek and Mediterranean cuisine of the restaurant, combined with the wines of the winery of Artemis Karamolegos.
The winery Artemis Karamolegos provides new experiences through its wines!
Strolling through our different and unique vineyards, it is now clear that this year will be special, and obviously of an excellent class! The air is damp and cool, then dry and soothing, helping the fruit to "built" its unique aromas without that excess sweetness. A rare balance in the fruit which all locals know and understand. It has been four years since the strong winds of 2012 that destroyed the first vegetation and weakened the plants - only this year did everything came into harmonious balance. At such times the majesty of nature speaks for itself, virtually eliminating us. And we believe that all of you who are watching us can perceive what we feel. Our confidence that we are in tune with the messages of nature, and our need to have strict requirements for “captivating” wines. Without exaggeration we believe that all our wines have grasped this spark of life!
It is an exceptional dry red wine. With deep and rich cyan-red color. Aromas of red forest fruits combined with strong notes of spices. Abundant mouth of ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Allows ageing up to 10 years. Read more in the relevant section.
Coming soon our new etiquette for the Artemis Karamolegos Vinsanto. Our inspiration is Santorini, the volcanic vineyard and the history of Vinsanto...