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Mount Athos history.
According to mythology Giant Athos hurled angry one massive rock against Poseidon. The rock but reached the eastern edge of the biped then Halkidiki. Thus was created the third leg. The peninsula was named Giant. The history of Mount Athos, which starts from the myth of the giant Athos, is rich and inseparable from the orthodoxy and the monastic life of more than one thousand years. The cause of this, as we explained the Athonite tradition is as follows: Our Lady Lazarus before visiting Cyprus, landed on the peninsula of Athos. Impressed by the exquisite beauty of the landscape, he asked the Almighty God to leave the peninsula under its protection. Since then the Athos Peninsula called “The Garden of the Virgin” or Holy Mountain.
Since the early years of Byzantium, the divine beauty of Mount Athos attracted people from various regions and of different ethnicities, Iberians, Latinos, Serbs, Russians, Greeks, and of course, who wanted to dedicate themselves to God. The time of the first installation of monks on Mount Athos remains unknown. Officially it appears as a monastic center from the 9th century AD the establishment by Athanasios Athonite Monastery of Great Lavra.
In 972 the first written charter of Mount Athos called “typical”, signed by Emperor John Tsimiski and overriding all Athonite monks. The 15th Chapter of “The Rite” is devoted exclusively to issues of trafficking wine presumption that wine was by then one of the main assets of Athos monks.
In 1973, Evangelos Tsantalis envisioned the renaissance of the Vineyard in Metochi Chromitsa, which was abandoned, and overcoming the difficulties, such as the non-existent roads and the lack of electricity, he created one of the most exquisite and qualitative vineyards of Europe.
Mount Athos today.
Today in approximately 247 acres, at an altitude of 250 meters, far away from any form of pollution, they are being cultivated organic vineyards on the slopes around from the Metochi Chromitsa of the Holy Monastery of St Panteleimon. The wines “Metochi Chromitsa”, “Agioreitikos”, and “Abaton” with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)- Mount Athos, from native indigenous varieties, and the “Agioreitiko Tsipouro” are awarded every year in international wine and spirits competitions, available in 55 countries around the world.
Praising articles from prominent wine critics confirm their high quality. Kormilitsa Red, with limited production from the organic vineyards of the metochi, has been certified as the official wine of the Kremlin. The Tsantali Mount Athos winery and distillery has been vinifying grapes, distilling tsipouro and ouzo since 1890.
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2008 Tsantali Metoxi Chromitsa, PGI Mount Athos, 90 points.
8 months French new oak (Allier).
Regional: Greek Roast beef. World: Dove, quail, venison, hare, prime red meat, lambsrack, mature cheeses.
Full clean purple. Very treackly. Wonderfully developed aroma’s of forest fruit, vanilla, cedar, and cinnamon. Massive flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black currant (cassis), balanced tobacco, sandalwood, and vanilla. Full bodied. Smooth, fleshy texture. Great finish! Excellent for showing what a Greek wine can be! Should be improving still…
2006 Tsantali Abaton, PGI Mount Athos, 91 points.
12 months French new oak (Allier).
Regional: Vine-growers Lamb. World: saddle of hare, tournedos, roast lamb, rich cheeses.
Brownish purple colored. Excellent density. Harmonious aroma’s of black currant (cassis), prune, strawberry jam, smokey bacon, vanilla, and a dash of clove. Soft, lively acidity. Integrated flavors of raspberry, blueberry, black currant (cassis), cedar, and vanilla. Full bodied. Polished, fleshy texture. Wholesome lasting finish. My favourite Tsantali!