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History.

Greece is par excellence a wine country with viticulture being one of the earliest activities since antiquity. Continuing this 3.000 year tradition of wine making, Tselepos family reveals the secrets of that very special combination leading to exceptional Greek wine. It is the fusion of rich Arcadian soil and quality vineyards sprinkled with passion for the art of wine making.

Tselepos family is one of the eminent producers and exporters of greek wine turning some of the most popular indigenous greek grape varieties into deliciously aromatic wines enjoyed worldwide.

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Yiannis Tselepos

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took Giannis Tselepos 10 years to carefully observe and study Arcadian vineyards so as to select the perfect location for the establishment of his Estate, which was founded at the eastern foothills of Mt Parnon; an ideal location due to its poor, clay-rocky terrain with excellent drainage guaranteeing high quality wine from Greece.

By taking advantage of the ecosystem of Arcadian land we set our moschofilero vineyards at an altitude of 750 metres. Furthermore, the purchase of Koutsi vineyard located at an altitude of 380 metres has come to complete the Estate providing excellent conditions for wine production. No wonder why the red PDO Nemea -produced by the Greek variety agiorgitiko- makes a top quality wine from Greece completing our spectacular range of wines.

We are committed to promote and highlight Peloponnesian varieties throughout the world and our aim is to produce distinctive wines of special character that every top wine house would be proud to offer.

Today we are glad to be wine producers and exporters of supreme quality wine from Greece.

  • Date of establishment: 1989
  • Privately owned vineyards: 40 hectares
  • Vineyards from cooperating producers: 20 hectares
  • Average vineyard age: 50 years
  • Total annual production: 350.000 bottles
  • Wine exports: 50% of annual production

The Winery.

Perched in 30 hectares of privately owned vineyard, our winery fully fits the natural environment and ecosystem of the area, featuring elements of local Peloponnesian architecture. The lively spaces of our winery stand out for their design, which is highly artistic and at the same time austere and functional.

Our modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment perfectly serve our philosophy and aim at producing supreme quality wine complying with international standards and exceeding the expectations of wine lovers.The winery equipment includes pneumatic presses, cooling installations, stainless steel tanks, underground ageing cellars, French oak barrels and an iso-barometric bottling line operating in an air-vacuum. Our team of specialists ensures unique quality throughout the wine production and bottling process by paying attention to the slightest detail.Thanks to our excellent equipment and our capable team, wine is bottled under excellent conditions and wine production has gradually increased coming up to 350.000 wine bottles per year and this is what makes Tselepos Estate internationally acknowledged amongst wine producers and wine exporters.

The vineyards.more on Mantinia.Our Mantinia vineyard is located at the Arcadian Plateau, at an altitude of 650 metres, a region with a long tradition in the production of superior quality wines. These 500 hectares of moschofilero vines have been the core of PDO Mantinia vineyards since 1971.The very special microclimate of Mantinia growth is what makes this variety differ compared to other varieties grown in Peloponnese. Thus, the “fileri” which is cultivated throughout Peloponnese turns into moschofilero in Mantinia, an important producer of premium white wines with a special aroma and flavour obtained thanks to the low temperature of the location and the late ripening. The wine we get from moschofilero vines is a “blanc de gris”, a white wine from grey grapes. It is a genuine offspring of the Ancient Arcadia vineyard, also called “the Kapnios wine of Arcadia” according to the historian and traveller Theophrastus. It is a crisp, refreshing white wine while its rosy flavour alludes to a fusion of gewurztraminer and muscat grapes.more on Nemea.The Nemea vineyards, one of the largest winemaking regions in Greece, is surrounded by mountain ranges ending in hills and gentle verdant slopes covered in vineyards, where agiorgitiko is the prevailing grape variety.Named after Agios Georgios (St George), which was the previous name of the region, agiorgitiko is considered to be one of the exquisite indigenous varieties of Greece. Since 1971 with an area covering 2.000 hectares, it has comprised the prominent red zone of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of the Peloponnesian vineyard. The agiorgitiko variety is referred to as “Hercules’ blood” due to deep ruby red colour of its grapes.The vineyard spans over a mountainous area with elevations starting at 200 metres and reaching 850 metres, roughly divided into three zones according to the altitudes. It is no wonder why agiorgitiko produces a wide range of wines for all tastes.

Indeed agiorgitiko is a multidynamic vine variety, perfectly adapting to different climatic conditions, thus producing different types of wines depending on its geographical origin. When cultivated at vineyards situated at low altitudes it produces remarkable sweet wines. Vines growing at semi-mountainous vineyards, such as at Koutsi, produce wines with high alcoholic strength, of good acidity, rich in colour and tannins. On the other hand, when cultivated in mountainous vineyards, agiorgitiko produces excellent rose wines.

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logo graperoverThe Tselepos Estate wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Tselepos Estate Mantinia classic white, PDO Mantinia. 89 points.

Mantinia-engwhite grapeclip100% moschofilero.

vmlRegional: roulade of Sole World: Asian dishes, sushi, crustaceans, shellfish, asparagus, piri-piri chicken / prawns, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverLight pale yellow. Light viscosity.  Aromatic nose of  pineapple, mango, honey and citrus. Light herbaceous. Teasing the palate: lemony, fresh citrus flavors with juicy hints of lime peel and bright acidity. Made for a broad audience with good , straightforward value, delivering simple happiness. Surprising (Greek) character grape……

2011 Tselepos Estate Blanc de gris, PGI Arcadia. 88 points.

Blanc-de-Gris-engwhite grapeclip100% moschofilero.

wine barrelfermentation on inox, then finished on French oak.

vmlRegional: Barbounia savoro. World: Asian dishes, sushi, deep-fried baby squid, spicy grilled chicken, charcuterie, cured pork, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverMedium yellow. Medium viscosity. Typical moschofilero aromas of rose, dried fruit and citrus fruit. A pleasant waft of oak. Medium-bodied flavors with ripe  fruit concentration and zippy acidity. Good complexity and structure. Long aftertaste with some light vanilla. Handsome wine.

NV Tselepos Estate Amalia Brut, PDO Mantinia. 82 points.

Amalia-Brut-engwhite grapeclip100% moschofilero. Methode traditionelle.

vmlRegional: seafood mezedes. World: light salty/spicy amuses

logo graperoverLight yellow/green. Medium sized bubbles. Sympathetic flowery aroma with some citrus and some bakers yeast. Light tropical fruit flavor, pleasant, but no distinction.

2011 Tselepos Estate Melissopetra, PGI Arcadia. 89 points.

Melissopetra-engwhite grapeclip100% gewurztraminer.

vmlRegional: Sea-urchin risotto.  World: Asian dishes (Peking duck), tarte flambee, guiches, foie gras, blue vein cheeses.

logo graperoverLight golden. Dense  viscosity. Expressive nose of rose water, lychee, passion fruit and spice. Full-bodied, off-dry with rich fruit and balancing acidity. Long aftertaste.

2011 Tselepos Estate Marmarias, PGI Arcadia. 89 points.

Marmarias-engwhite grapeclip100% chardonnay.

wine barrel6 months French oak.

vmlRegional: kotopoulo maskouli World: grilled fat fish, cured pork, rich fish pastas, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverLight golden yellow. Medium viscosity. In the nose:  fig, citrus, melon and grapefruit with hints of minerality. Elegant cedar tones with some butterscotch. Voluptuous, deep flavored with tropical fruit like mango, lychee and pineapple. Refreshing acidity that balances generous alcohol. Good length, reasonable complexity. A very acceptable chardonnay for a reasonable price.

2010 Tselepos Estate Red, PGI Arcadia. 87 points.

Ktima-Tselepos-Red-engred grape clip70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Moussaka World: entrecote, rib-eye, lamb-chops, oven-dishes, peking-duck, Dutch (matured) cheese.

logo graperoverDark ruby. Medium viscosity. Cedar, capsicum, cherry, plum and cassis are the foremost aromas (Cabernet). Medium-bodied with soft tannins, ripe forest fruit and a well balanced acidity. Medium/long finish. Excellent drinking now, but could improve in another 2 to 4 years. A very good effort at a fair price red from Peloponnese.

2009 Tselepos Estate Avlotopi, PGI Arcadia. 91 points.

Avlotopi-engred grape clip100% cabernet sauvignon

wine barrel15 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Lamb-exohiko. World: saddle 0f lamb/hare, tournedos/panchetta, rack of lamb, (over)matured Gouda cheese.

logo graperoverDeep, dense red color. Dense viscosity. Generous forest fruit bouquet with tempting cedar/leather/barnyard undertones and tangy acidity. Well balanced. Rich, deep and complex with stretching flavors developing on the palate. Excellent grip and structure. Good lingering finish. Very satisfying now, but definitely has a future!

2008 Tselepos Estate Kokkinomylos, PGI Arcadia. 91 points.

Kokkinomylos-engred grape clip100% merlot

wine barrel15 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi World: game, meat casseroles, spicy vegetarian, oven-pastas, Asian dishes, (over)matured Gouda cheese.

logo graperoverDeep dark ruby. Dense viscosity.  Alluring aromas of ripe fruit like mulberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and vibrant sweet spice. Well mingling oak tops the bouquet. Smooth palate with refreshing acidity and soft tannins fulfil the senses. Really mighty experience, in my case, with Kokoretsi!. Pleasantly evolving finish. Very enjoyable!
Has future too….