All about Chios.
The vision of the founders of the ARIOUSIOS Company Inc. winery began eight years ago with the cultivation of the vineyards. Wine making facilities were launched in August of 2009.
Varieties planted are: Chian Krasero and Agiannitiko (red), and Assyrtiko and Athiri (white).
The owners and all those who passionately support the effort to revive the cultivation of the vine in Amani area aspire to restore the reputation of the famous Chian wine reliving the legend of Ariousia Earth:
In ancient times, the island of Chios was so famous for it’ s wine that the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, gave his personal blessing to the island and it’s storied nectar. It is fabled that the wine god’s son, Inopion, became the mythical king of Chios and taught the islanders the art of vine cultivation. According to the legend, Inopion had five sons: Talon, Evanthis, Melas, Salagos and Athamas and, according to historians, these became the names of the 5 qualities of Chian wine.
The land between Mount Pelinneon and Amani, here in the Northwest part of the island, has a special microclimate that is optimum for winemaking. Since ancient times, this area was referred to as the land of Ariousia and is associated with one of the most famous wines in Greek history.
While at first the wine’s fame extended only to the island of Chios, very soon it became renowned all over Greece and beyond. The Chian ships transported it throughout the Mediterranean and it was served at the most exclusive and luxurious symposiums (ancient drinking parties) in the ancient Greek and Roman world.Poet’s far and near sung the praises of the Ariousios wine and it was called “the nectar of the gods” by the likes of Homer and his contemporaries. Because of this, the term “Homer’s wine” was attributed to the Ariousios grapes and the wine’s fame lived for more than 1,500 years into the rise and fall of the Byzantines. In the Aegean and beyond, the name Ariousios rang in the ears of wine lovers just as Bordeaux has rung in the ears of connoisseurs for the last 150 years. Recently on Chios, the name “Ariousios” has been replaced by the “wine of Kourounia,” a small village down the road that has kept alive the ancient Greek tradition of wine making on the island.
- The Area.
- Because we are in the Northwest portion of the island, you can see the island of Lesbos if you look across the sea on the far horizon. The tall mountain to the east is Pelinneon and the mountain behind us is Amani, which gave its name to the former Municipality of Amani and the 19 nearby villages.
- In the wake of the Greek war of independence and into the turn of the 20th century, the surrounding farming communities swelled in population with the Town of Volissos serving as a bustling kingpin of the area’s agrarian economy. During the rapid industrialization of the last century and because the toll of both world wars, however, the entire area of Amani now only holds about 700 inhabitants with the majority of people living in Volissos and the nearby villages housing fewer than 25 year-round residents each. Due to the mountainous landscape, scarce natural resources, and rugged agrarian lifestyle, most people have since moved to the City of Chios, Athens, or other countries in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.It is our hope that, by reviving the art of wine making in the region, we can help play an important role in the revival of these communities and supplement the area industry of animal farming with tourism and vine cultivation.
- Please see HERE the official website of Ariousios winery.
Please click HERE for prices and retailers of Ariousios wines near you