All about Kozani, West Macedonia.

A modern 3-hectare vineyard was created by the lake, located in an old vine of the Voyatzis family. Designed to produce high-quality wines of a distinctive character, it was planted with local and other varieties during 1991-1994.

The Voyatzis family enjoys a long heritage as wine merchants, documented since the early 20th century, when large quantities of wine from the Velvendo area were transported for sale at the then developing town of Katerini, where the family settled, running a wine-cellar and ouzo-house until 1922.

Members of the third family generation, Yannis, who has studied oenology at the University of Bordeaux, France and has substantial experience in the Greek wine production, along with his brother, Nico, who is an engineer, and their father, Harissis, decided to return to Velvendo and establish a new, privately owned vineyard.

Covering an area of around 3.5 hectares, it is located near the lake at 380 m. altitude. The slope is very mild, and there are three groups of soil: clay sand, argillaceous clay and argillaceous limestone. The climate is continental but largely influenced by the adjacent lake, specifically by the regular annual winds which provide a cooling effect for the vineyard in the summer.

The winds help keep the occurrence of diseases to a minimum. This makes it possible to adhere to the guidelines of organic viticulture with great success.

Planting is dense (4500 vines per hectare), using 41B and 1103P rootstocks. The varietal composition mainly consists of ten varieties – five white and five red ones – alongside an experimental section of numerous indigenous grapes, listed in detail in the following table.

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