IDAIA is an ancient name of Crete: Idaia was the name of the mother of ten boys, Koureetes. Their father was Dias, the king of Crete. Dias named the whole island “Idaia”, to honour his wife. The company’s trade mark, the daisy with the eight leaves, comes from the ancient Plate of Faistos. The ancient Cretans used to believe that it symbolizes Sirius, the star.
Idaia Winery is located at Venerato, a village in the heart of the vineyard at Malevizi district. The area has always been a winery center with many archaic and roman wineries located there. The name of the whole district, Malevizi, comes from the “Malvazia” wines produced in the area. Laderos Vasilis, the company’s wine specialist, chose this area to establish the winery in 1998. Our company, with the participation of the specialists in enology Laderos Vasilis and Volitaki Kalliopi has been in the wine production since 2000. In addition, we work as wine consultants to other wine factories since there are two enological laboratories, in Athens and in Crete.
Our company produces around 50,000 liters of wine which is marketed abroad and domestically.
The careful selection of raw materials and the controlled wine production allows us to create superb wines with strong personality and solid flavored character.
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2011 Idaia Gi Vilana, PGI Crete, 84 points.
Regional: Gavros Saganaki. World: oysters, sushi, sashimi, baby squid, light salads, artichoke, chicken salads, charcuterie, cream cheeses.
Light lemon/greenish. Light viscosity. In the nose lively fresh herbs, zippy citrus notes. On the palate a pleasant light effervescence, followed by zesty citrus tones. Medium rich body. Light structured, good balance. A fine crispy wine for everyday use. Medium finish.
2011 Idaia Ocean white, PGI Crete, 85 points.
80% thrapsathiri, 20% chardonnay.
Regional: Grilled amberjack. World: grilled fat fish, smoked fish, grilled scallops, cured pork, chicken salads, matured cheeses.
Brilliant yellow-green. Medium+ viscosity. A moderately intense nose, fully dominated by primary fruit, mainly melon and peach. Well balanced flavor and the discreet aroma of fruit . Rich and charming mouth, well-balanced and pleasantly crisp flavour and fine acidity. Satisfying finish.
2011 Idaia Rose, PGI Crete, 82 points.
Regional: Avocado, tomato & feta salad. World: asian food, rich salads, piri piri chicken or prawns, spicy pizza, fruit deserts, cream cheeses.
Bright pink. Light viscosity. A moderately intense nose, dominated by primary berry fruit, cherries and dark prune. Good balance in zippy acidity and slight sweetness. Satisfying “every bodies friend”. Reasonable finish.
.2008 Idaia Ghi, Kotsifali – Mandilaria, PGI Crete. 84 points.
Regional: Bougatsa with kima. World: pork or veal stews, roasted pork, spicy sausages, spicy pizza, asian dishes, matured cheeses.
Dark ruby red. Medium viscosity. In the nose fairly strong tannins, robust with dark fruit. On the palate a rich taste of vanilla, prune, coffee and tones chocolate, The after taste is medium/long and leaves a fruity (and still tannic) sensation.
2008 Idaia Ocean red, PGI Crete. 86 points.
70% Mandilaria, 30% syrah.
Regional: Kebapia. World: grilled meat, lamb stews, veal liver, spicy sausages, grilled vegetables, matured cheeses.
Dark ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Initially reductive, but after some time in the glass it gets rid of the funk to reveal red berries, blackberries, violets, cinnamon, chocolate scents and vanilla. Oak is much better integrated here compared to the Idaia Ghi. On the palate it is medium-bodied, slightly more tannic than Idaia Ghi but by no means annoyingly so, with adequate acidity and a medium length.
2007 Idaia Cabernet sauvignon, PGI Crete. 87 points.
Regional: Ellasonitiko. World: lamb chops or ribs, prime red meat, game, spicy oven dishes, matured hard cheeses.
Dark red ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Rich nose of cassis and cranberry, robust notes of oak and mild tannins. Voluptuous taste of vanilla, prune, coffee and tones of chocolate, balanced, full bodied and well structured. Very pleasing finish.
2005 Idaia Liatiko, PDO Dafnes, 89 points.
100% liatiko. Sundried for 8 days.
Regional: Walnut stuffed figs. Tropical fruit, icecreams, cakes, chocolate, blue vein cheeses.
Deep dark red/caramel. Dense viscosity. Luscious and volumnious. Dried figs, chocolate and raisins on the nose , together with some cocoa. Elegant dried fruit & honey palate with a well balanced acidity and sweetness.Long lingering aftertaste.