Pavlidis Estate is situated in the region of Drama, in northern Greece, in a narrow valley on the footslopes of Mount Falakro, in proximity to the winter sports resort of Falakro.it was founded by Christoforos Pavlidis in 1998 after a long search for suitable sites for quality grape growing.
The aim of Pavlidis Estate is the production of premium wines, with pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics but also with a distinct and recognizable character.
To fulfill this goal, the Estate has planted 60 hectares of privately-owned vineyards in order to achieve a complete control of the quality of its production. In these vineyards, native and international winegrape varieties are grown with the aim to reveal the unique characteristics of our region, a terroir used from ancient times until today for vine cultivation.
Pavlidis Estate vineyards are situated in two different sites, distinguished from ancient times for their unique terroir, Kokkinogia and Perichora. Grapes of these regions are vinified to produce wines bearing the geographical indication of Regional Wine of Drama.
The vineyard in Kokkinogia (meaning red earth) covers 20 hectares on red soils exposed north west, thus ensuring protection from heat and light extremes during the Greek summer. Low fertility and limited soil depth, together with high plantation density, ensure low vine vigor which contributes to complete fruit maturation.
The vineyard in Perichora is situated on the footslopes of Mount Menikio, covering 40 hectares on north exposed slopes, ranging from 280 to 450 meters in altitude.
Soils here present great diversity, covering a wide range between “terra rossa” red clays at the lowest points to limestone soils and marls at the highest altitude. Vine rows benefit from mountain airstreams during summer.
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2011 Pavlidis Estate Thema white, PGI Drama, 86 points.
sauvignon blanc, assyrtiko.
Regional: Oyster loukoumades. World: crustaceans, shellfish, flatfish, cured meats, goat’s cheese
Bright pale yellow. Light viscosity. Crispy, zesty, aroma’s of lemon, gooseberry, peach and guadeloupe melon. Vivid, playfull and zippy flavors.
Expressive juicy texture. Fine minerality in finish. Pleasant, refreshing!
2009 Pavlidis Estate Thema rose, PGI Drama, 86 points.
Regional: Grilled octopus, spicy chicken, garlic prawns, fish salads, rich pastas.
Bright deep pink. Medium viscosity. Upfront raspberry and strawberry! Fresh, voluptuous aroma with a touch of sweetness. Broad, generous flavors, well balanced acidity/sweetness. Firm structure. Amiable finish!
2009 Pavlidis Estate Thema red, PGI Drama, 83 points.
Regional: Papoutsakia. World: moussaka, pasticcio, roast lamb, rich cheeses.
Dark purple. Good viscosity. Ripe cherries and plum topping a mellow tannic base, a bit smoky. Balanced flavors of ripe dark fruit and soft tannins. Well structured. Velvety. Honest and inviting. Reasonable finish.
2010 Pavlidis Estate Emphasis Chardonnay, PGI Drama, 85 points.
Regional: Mussels ala Grecq. World: oysters naturel, crayfish, crustaceans, grilled fat fish, roasted fowl, grilled veal excalopes.
Golden yellow. Medium viscosity. Charming aromatic nose, slightly sweetish with ripe tropical fruit like pineapple, mango and papaya. Pleasantly cedar undertones with again exotic fruit in the mouth. Good length.
2010 Pavlidis Estate Emphasis Assyrtiko, PGI Drama, 88 points.
Regional: Lobster thermidor. World: shellfish, crustaceans,
Bright yellow, green flashes. Some viscosity. Abundant bouquet of fresh, lively citrus and minerality. Crisp and racy flavors of fresh lemons. Fine, elegant texture with a dry, almost chalky finish. Very good value.
2007 Pavlidis Estate Emphasis Tempranillo, PGI Drama, 93 points.
Regional: Kleftiko. World: grilled prime meat, spicy cassaroles, saddle of lamb, matured hard cheeses.
Dark red ruby. Fat. Nose: Abundant red, ripe fruit like plum, blackberry, cherry (morello) and prune. Harmoniously balanced with soft tannins and pleasant acidity. Complex and powerful structure. Velvety. Great finish. Needs decanting. Surprising quality, rare variety in Greece: Tempranillo!
2008 Pavlidis Estate Emphasis Syrah, PGI Drama, 89 points.
Regional: Kokoretsi, prime red meat, spicy stews, matured rich cheeses.
Deep dark purple. Fat. Spicy, herbaceous and fruity bouquet of cherry, blackberry, thyme, basil, bayleaves and black pepper. Robust flavors of mellow tannins, dark fruits and spice. Very complete and charming. Round, velvety texture, long finish. Needs decanting.