All about Nemea, Peloponnese.

The relationship of the Lafazanis family with wine starts 65 years ago. After World War 2 – in 1946 – Vassilis Lafazanis started producing wines in Piraeus, where the family settled after its uprooting from Smyrna, Asia Minor, from where it is originated. Later on and around 1960, the first family owned winery was established in the town of Magoula, Attica and was equipped with the meager means at the time.

In a reconstructed country as Greece, the wine as a traditional product of the land, contributes to the flourishing economy, also accompanying peopleΆs everyday life. In 1985, Spyros Lafazanis – the second generation of the family – having grown up among the aromas of wine and after studying oenology at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Athens, decided to continue the family tradition, by also adding a new goal: The use of unique varieties can accommodate the Greek land, especially of the polydynamic Agiorgitiko, by the parallel contribution of modern technology and new scientific methods of vinification. So in 1993, he selects one of the most important wine-producing regions of Greece, Nemea PDO zone, to create a sophisticated and elegantly architectural winery, surrounded by privately owned vineyards at an altitude of 300-400meters.

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Spiros & daughter Lafazanis

 

 

 

 

 

There is thus the first – non local –winemaker to establish and invest in the region of Nemea, believing in its possibilities and prospects and opening the door to the establishment of some of the most famous vineyards in the country. Today, Lafazanis Winery is one of the most modern ones in Greece, with its annual production capacity reaching the 5,000 tons. The winery employs 25 people at an average age of 35 years and produces over 50 products covering all categories of wine. Recently, it has successfully entered the spirits sector by starting producing the traditional Greek Tsipouro. The company currently holds a strong position in the domestic market, while over 20% of its production is exported to over 10 countries, such as the UK, USA, China, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, etc Philosophy The winery’s philosophy is to produce and to offer to the consumers, wines of high quality at an excellent price / quality ratio.

For this purpose Spyros Lafazanis and his colleagues choose and utilize the most important mainly Greek but also international grape varieties of the best and dynamic vineyards. By taking the best of each variety and by using selected winemaking methods and technical equipment & scientific criteria, combining them with a special talent they manage to give to consumers truly exceptional wines of quality and substance. The main objective is: wines produced from each of our selected vineyards plus the knowledge & experience that come with it, to become “property” of all.

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logo graperoverThe Lafazanis wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Lafazanis Roditis, PGI Peloponnese. 84 points.

LAFAZANIS-RODITIS (1)white grapeclip100% roditis.

vmlRegional: Lobster-kritharotto. World: sushi, sashimi, shellfish, crustaceans, squid, fried fish, light cheeses.

logo graperoverBright pale yellow. Light viscosity. Apples on the nose, vegetal and earthy notes and some tobacco. Straightforward fruit on the palate, partly preserved apples, slightly green, but not unripe, herbs and spices, integrated acidity, has some substance and shows its origin, pleasant to drink, attractive to good finish.

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2011 Lafazanis Moschofilero, PGI Peloponnese. 85 points.

LAFAZANIS-MOSCHOFILERO-STELVINwhite grapeclip100% moschofilero.

vmlRegional: Lemon-pepper calamari. World: sushi, sashimi, shellfish, crustaceans, squid, fried fish, light cheeses.

logo graperoverBright pale yellow. Medium viscosity., Spicy nose with prominent herbaceous notes, elderberry flowers and earthy notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, rustic pomaceous fruit, light vegetal and some more earthy notes, slightly rough, integrated acidity, straightforward, slightly coarse style, but pleasant enough to drink, attractive finish.

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2011 Lafazanis Selection white, PGI Peloponnese. 84 points.

or_0893997500_LAF-SYLLOGH-WHITE-GR (1)white grapeclipmoschofilero, roditis.

vmlRegional: Cuttlefish lemonato. World: sushi, sashimi, shellfish, crustaceans, squid, fried fish, light cheeses.

logo graperoverBright pale yellow. Medium viscosity. Apples on the nose, vegetal notes, spicy traces, hint of tobacco. Fairly mature, supple yellow fruit on the palate, earthy and vegetal notes, integrated acidity, delicately smoky, slightly creamy, attractive finish.

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2010 Lafazanis Chardonnay, PGI Peloponnese. 87 points.

or_9069024539_LAF-CHARDONNAYwhite grapeclip100% chardonnay.

wine barrel6 months new French (500 lt.) oak.

vmlRegional: Grilled grouper. World:  grilled tuna or swordfish, smoked fish, smoked meat, grilled vegetables, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverBright full yellow. Medium+ viscosity.  Generous and beautiful nose of butterscotch, lychee and peach, well developed tannins,  yeasty. The palate is almost sweet, vanilla, full and balanced, very reasonable finish. A wine for food, maybe for the next 1-2 years.

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2011 Lafazanis Agiorgitiko, PGI Peloponnese. 85 points.

or_0238877089_LAFAZANIS-AGIORGITIKO-GRred grape clip100% agiorgitiko.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi. World: grilled pork, moussaka, BBQ,   spicy chicken, Asian food, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverRed berry nose, herbaceous notes, garrigue and wild spices. Cranberries and redcurrants on the palate, some dried red fruit, quite compact fruit, not particularly deep, but fairly persistent, slightly prominent dusty, fairly well integrated tannins, very typical of the variety, almost light-bodied, shows its origins, pleasant to drink, attractive finish. serve slightly chilled.

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2010 Lafazanis red selection, PGI Peloponnese. 85 points.

or_2597540988_LAF-SYLLOGH-RED-GRred grape clipagiorgitiko, cabernet sauvignon.

wine barrel6 months used French oak.

vmlRegional: Tomato & Feta stuffed peppers. World: prime meat, game, lamb & kid, meat stews, grilled vegetables, matured hard cheeses.

logo graperoverMedium ruby. Medium viscosity. Dried cranberries and muscat raisins, light smoky and animal notes. Uncomplicated style, not a lot of substance, slightly dissolute and very slightly overripe fruit of red berries and dried red fruit, slightly prominent, integrated tannins, slightly astringent on an attractive finish.

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2007 Lafazanis Nemea, PDO Nemea. 88 points.

or_1223772366_LAF-NEMEAred grape clip100% agiorgitiko.

wine barrel12 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Slow roast goat. World: prime meat, game, lamb & kid, meat stews, grilled vegetables, matured hard cheeses.

logo graperoverMedium full ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Nose offering red fruit, game, sweet spice/liquorice and well integrated oak notes of cloves and toast. Supple in palate with soft acidity, medium ripe well blended in fine grained tannins that balance medium alcohol and medium+ body. Overall a good quality wine from ripe fruit, evolved and mellow. Medium + length. Drink now.