Domaine Biblia Chora.
Domaine Biblia Chora is situated on the slopes of mount Pangeon at Kokkinochori, Kavala. In 1998, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Vangelis Gerovassiliou created a vineyard of biological cultivation which today extends to over 350 acres. Within this stretch of land is the modern winery in which the wines of the Domaine are produced.
The philosophy of the winemaking focuses on the production of high quality wine that is bind by the ecosystem of mount Pangeon and expresses the uniqueness of the natural surroundings. To achieve this goal, the cultivation and vinification take place under special catering, using not only the knowledge and experience but also by merging tradition with technology.
The great winemaking tradition of the area goes back to ancient times. The Phoenicians, an ancient civilization famous for their cedar ships and sea trade in the ancient Mediterranean reached the area of Pangeon in search of metals. They transferred here a grape variety called “Biblos” from which they produced the famous ancient wine “Biblino Oeno”. This variety was then cultivated and produced in the slopes of mount Pangeon by Ancient Greeks and the latter made this part of Greece a famous centre of oenology and wine called “Biblia Chora”. By this name we find writings of Isiodus, Theoctitus and Michael Psellos.
The winemaking tradition of the area is not accidental. The position of the vineyards is on the southern slopes of mount Pangeon. The rocky soil and the climate of the area, which is affected by the cool breeze of the Aegean, are the most important factors for the grape production that make high quality wine. Having these pivotal factors as a guide, the two oenologists chose this area and in 1998 they sown the first vineyards of the Domaine in a 350 acres stretch of land. In June 2001, the construction of this modern Domaine began. In the same year, the first wine was made. Today, Domaine Biblia Chora has a private vineyard of 350 acres, which surround the winery, and in which Greek and foreign varieties are cultivated in accordance with the biological standards of viticulture.
The private vineyards of Domaine Biblia Chora are situated at an altitude of 380 metres and they stretch over about 350 hectares. The regional climate is purely Mediterranean with mild winters and cool summers affected both by the sea breeze of the Aegean and the volumes of mount Pangaion. There is a great temperature difference between daytime and nighttime, which acts beneficially upon the slow maturing of the grapes. The soil is rocky, barren, limestone, clayey with good levels of drainage.
The vineyard is cultivated according to the biological agricultural standards, respecting the environment and the local flora and fauna as well as the people involved. The varieties presently cultivated at Ktima Biblia Chora are the Greek Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko and the foreign Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Experimentations with Greek and foreign varieties are constantly taking place at the Domaine in order to note their adaptation in the area as well as their wine potential. A great deal of attention is also given in the cultivation and consequent revival of some unknown varieties of the area of mount Pangeon.
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2011 Biblia Chora white blend, PGI Pangeon, 87 points.
40% assyrtiko, 60% sauvignon blanc.
Regional: Scorpion fish & clam chowder. World: crustaceans, shellfish, charcuterie, rillettes, cream cheeses.
Bright yellow-green. Medium viscosity. Zippy aroma’s of exotic ripe fruit, peach and citrus. On the palate pleasant harmony of acidity and tropical fruit. Fresh, juicy structure. Vivid, lasting finish.
2010 Biblia Chora Ovilos white, PGI Pangeon, 92 points.
50% semillon, 50% assyrtiko.
Regional: Grilled Amberjack (magiatiko), World: grilled langoustines, oysters gratinee, foie gras, grilled swordfish, veal escalopes, matured cream cheeses.
Bright yellow-green. Nice viscosity. Generous aroma of apricot and honey goes very well with the zesty notes of citron and lemon of the classic Greek variety of Assyrtiko. On the palate, besides lush tropical fruit, hints of vanilla and dry nuts. Good potential for ageing. Velvety structure. Excellent finish.