The idea of creating the Chatzivaritis vineyard and winery emerged in the early 1980s, when Vangelis Chatzivaritis and Olga Iakovidou were gathering together their friends each year at Goumenissa each year to bottle the year’s wine. The endless discussions at those meetings, in conjunction with their love of good wine, suggested to Vangelis and Olga the notion that they should establish a Chatzivaritis vineyard and winery.
At the beginning of the 1990s they purchased the first farm plot, five hectares in the vicinity of Bidabla, Goumenissa’a winegrowing district, and in 1994 they planted the first vineyard – its area was 5 hectares, under the supervision, and with the active participation, of Doros Vasiliades and his two sons, Victor and Costas. In 2000 they purchased another five-hectare plot in the Vakoufia district, near the village of Filyria, and a year later planted the vines. It was on this plot that the winery was built (construction was completed by 2007). An experimental vineyard was started at the same time for the purpose of trying out new
varieties. It too covered a number of hectares, in the same district.
The vineyard of the Hatzivarytis comprises two plots, each of five hectares. One of them is in the Bidabla district and has light sandy-clayey soil. It was planted in a linear layout in 1994, chiefly with the Greek red varieties Xinomavro and Negoska and to a lesser extent Roditis, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The other plot is in the Vakoufia district of Filyria and has medium-textured sandy-clayey soil. It was planted in 2001 exclusively with the Xinomavro and Negoska varieties. The experimental vineyard, two hectares in area, was established in the same area and planted with the varieties Gewurztraminer and Assyrtiko with a view to determining their degree of acclimatization to the conditions of the region.
Viticulture is conducted in accordance with the models of organic farming with a view to implementing environmentally-friendly production methods and sustainable management of natural resources, leading to production of healthy and safe products, without chemical residues, with simultaneous concern for protection and upgrading of the environment. Most of the work in the vineyard is done manually in such a way as to secure the safety of the stems and the high quality of the grapes. The Negoska and Xinomavros harvest – with an average yield of 70 kilos per hectare – and the Roditis with an average of 90 kilos – take place in mid-September. The harvest for Chardonnay, Sauvignon – average 90 kilos – and Cabernet Sauvignon – average 70 kilos – are at the beginning of September. The grape harvesting is done by hand.
The Hatzivarytis winery is situated at the 6th kilometre of the Goumenissa-Giannitsa provincial road amidst an idyllic landscape of gentle hills, surrounded by vineyards. Its construction began in July 2005 and was completed in June 2007.
It is in a single-storey building with a basement, with an overall area of 1,000 sq.m. In the production area, which is on the ground floor of the winery, there are nineteen stainless-steel winemaking tanks arranged in rows and one stabilization tank. In an adjacent area there is a fully-equipped chemical laboratory and next to it in the production wing a bottling section where the bottling machinery is installed, including automatic facilities for bottle washing, corking and labeling.
The area for the maturing and aging of the wines is in the basement where, in conditions of stable temperature and humidity all the red wines and some of the white spend a part of their lives in new French oaken barrels. Finally on the ground floor is the reception area for visitors and customers, the offices and service areas of the winery. ISO 9001 and HACCP quality management systems are in force in the winery.
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