The Retsina Malamatina is produced exclusively from Greek varieties of grapes and Savatiano Rhoditis. The winemaking is done by the method of white wine [;] temperature controlled by selecting only the “foam” the must (the prorrogo) thereby achieving the characteristics color, aroma, flavor, and quality.
Quality retsina Malamatina ensure the well-to-date facilities of wineries that operate in the most modern automated machinery. Adding a small amount of pine resin during fermentation gives the characteristic taste of retsina, while leaving to highlight and fruity perfume varieties.
These features, adding the beneficial properties of resin-resin [;] , which are known from antiquity, we get a unique wine with absolutely Greek identity. Retsina is produced exclusively in Greece and it is not allowed to be produced in any other country in the world, according to Regulation 1493/1999. Furthermore, retsina part of the European Union, the wines with “Appellation Tradition”, produced according to traditional methods of a particular region or country.
The productive centre of E. MALAMATINAS & SON S.A. is in Chalkida, Evia, where its six wineries are located.
The Malamatina company bottling plant is in Kalochori, Thessaloniki and is one of the largest in Europe. The bottling process represents a major advantage for the company.
E. MALAMATINAS & SON S.A. was the first wine company in Greece to start bottling retsina in 1957. Until then, this product was only available in bulk.
In 1981, growing market demands led to the relocation of the bottling plant to the Kalochori area, where it remains to this day.
At that time, eight stainless steel 100-tonne tanks and 3 50-tonne tanks were installed. Bottling capacity increased to 12,000 bottles an hour.
In 1994, the mechanical equipment was completely replaced and modernised. The bottling production line became fully automated, achieving a bottling capacity of 40,000 bottles an hour using the latest and safest methods to ensure the quality of the product.
With the addition of three stainless steel tanks, its storage capacity is about 1,500 tonnes of retsina for bottling, which is transported there from the company’s wineries by the privately owned fleet of state-of-the-art tanker trucks.
Significant investment has been made to fully modernise them, using the most up-to-date winemaking technology to ensure a consistently high quality for the company’s products.
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