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Welcome to the website of the famous Theotoky Estate situated in the beautiful fertile Ropa Valley sheltered by mountains below which grow the fragrant pine forests, ancient olive groves and verdant vineyards. The 300 acre Estate is famed for its fine wines, organic extra virgin olive oil and mouth-watering olives that are exported across Europe and beyond.

 The Tradition.

The Theotoky family is one of the oldest families in Greece and the Estate has been in the Theotoky family for generations. John Theotoky, father of the current owner, George Theotoky, studied at the famous Universität für Bodenkultur (University for Agriculture) in Vienna and was deeply attached to the land. John devoted himself to politics after the tragic death of his brother who, as Minister of War, was executed in 1922 by the opposition, after the loss of the Asia Minor Campaign. He served three times as Minister of Agriculture and in 1950 (as his father had been before him) became Prime Minister of Greece.

theo-cellar-e1381076669975The Cellar.

John’s son, George having spent part of his childhood with his father on the Estate, took over running the Estate in 1960. The development of the Theotoky Estate, has been George’s and his Italian wife’s Claudia’s passion ever since and their delectable red and white wine has become among the most celebrated estate bottled vintages in Greece. Under George’s direction, the cellar has been completely renewed and modernised, bringing its production methods up to modern high standards, whilst maintaining the traditional appearance of the buildings which house the old barrels and bottles.

The olive press.olive press

The Theotoky Olive Oil is produced from start to finish on the Theotoky Estate on which over four thousand olive trees flourish without the use of chemical fertilisers. It uses modern processing methods combined with traditional cold-pressed extraction to yield Virgin and Extra Virgin oil of the highest quality.

 

Preferred by James Bond.

Theotoky wine received a unique (and unsought!) accolade – specifically named as his preferred tipple by none other than Her Majestys’ Secret Agent, James Bond (Roger Moore), in “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), made on location in Corfu asked if he would like to drink some white wine Bond says, “If you’ll forgive me, that’s a little too scented for my palate. I prefer the Theotaki Aspro (sic)”. He meant, of course, the “Theotoki aspro” i.e. “Theotoky white”.

winery iconPlease see HERE the official Theotoky Estate website.

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logo graperoverThe Theotoky wines tasted by GrapeRover:

 

2012 Theotoky Estate dry white, Table wine, 86 points.

theo whitewhite grapeclip90% Robolla, 10% Kakotrygi

vmlRegional: Crayfish (καραβίδες του γλυκού νερού) World: sushi, grilled fish, crustaceans, shellfish, rich salads, light cheeses.

logo graperoverThis had a very interesting savoury nose with citrus notes, very clean tasting, white peach, kumquats, lemon and a decent finish, great with grilled fish, very good!

 

 

2012 Theotoky Estate dry rose, Table wine, 84 points.

Theo rosered grape clip100% cabernet sauvignon.

vmlRegional: Grilled octopus. World: Spicy chicken, Asian food, garlic prawns, rich salads, vegetarian food, tuna pizza, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverCranberry-pink; red pepper jelly, herbs, raspberries; off-dry, strawberry, light-medium body, good balance, lingering finish.
Sweet berry flavours with a pleasant herbaceousness.

 

 

2010 Theotoky Estate red, Table wine, 87 points.

theo redred grape clip85% syrah, 15% cabernet sauvignon.

wine barrel6 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Braised Lamb Shanks & Beans (Κοτσι Αρνιου με Φασολια). World: prime meat, meat casseroles, spicy stews, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverThe aroma is lush with intense berry goodness. On the palate this is a full bodied wine with well integrated tannins. It was a bit sharp on the front end then smoothed out nicely.