At the foot of Meteora cave Theopetra discovered among other things, grape seeds from the Paleolithic Era that testify to the existence of ancient place with the vine.
In 1996, the family created Tsililis DOMAIN THEOPETRA, a model winery-organic vineyards, in order to highlight the distinctiveness of the area and the revival of rare Greek varieties.
The long historical tradition and modern technology come together in harmony with human inspiration and perpetuate the wine culture of the place, respecting the Environment (Natura 2000).
The last decade, aiming to meeting the needs of the Greek and international consumers with the creative vision of its people-distiller, winemaker Tsililis, new wine product lines combining traditional values with modern practices.
With views of the Meteora rocks and cave Theopetra family Tsililis created a boutique winery in which man creates, drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural environment. Installed in Raxa Trikala, the winery is surrounded by mountains and hills of Antichassia and Pindos and River Lithaio.
The combination of the particular soil structure that allows low yields grapes and continental climate, creating wines with intense aromas, density and high acidity.
The vineyards of the estate spanning upland hill slopes (slope 10% -30%), oriented east-west at an altitude of two hundred and eighty to three hundred and fifty m . The soil composition varies due to the rare formation of rocks of Meteora. The main feature is the presence of shale makes terroirs “shallow” and provides excellent drainage. In areas where there is a strong presence of limestone, with fossils of marine origin, cultivated white varieties. As a result, the resulting wine is characterized by high acidity and minerality.In vineyards with argiloammodi recommendation, in places with a strong presence of iron, cultivated varieties produce red wines with complex aromas, ripe rich tannins and balanced acidity.
The mesoclimate the region is continental with heavy wet winters and sunny, warm and dry summers. The large temperature difference between day and night during the spring and summer contribute to the development of intense and complex aromas, a slow and orderly maturation and maintain the natural acidity of the grapes. Alongside frequent northerly winds by the mountains of Pindos cool the vines and prevent the development of diseases.
The human factor
These features are ideal conditions to organic cultivation of vines. All the vineyards of Domaine Theopetra grown organic practices, whose certification is done by the DEO. The yields of the vines are very low: 600-700 kg / ha for white varieties and 400-500 kg / ha for red varieties, with cultivation of single cordon and strict green harvest. The result is wines with high density, intense aromas and fresh acidity.
The choice of cultivars was based on the terroir of the region Theopetra Kalambaka, combining international and Greek quality varieties. Particularly in recent years, made considerable effort to revive and elevate rare Greek varieties that were left to oblivion of time but a valuable local and national heritage.
Malagouzia, Assyrtiko, Chardonnay , Vermentino, Syrah , Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Limniona, Xinomavro, Vlachiko.
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