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The Estate.

Wine Art Estate was created by the civil engineer Yannis Papadopoulos and the architect Yannis Kalaitzidis, both successful professionals in their own field.

Yannis Papadopoulos planted in 1993 a small family vineyard in Mikrochori and started, as a hobby, to vinify his first wines in a small simple outlet.
Two years later, in 1995, Yannis Kalaïtzidis joined the venture.

The result was Wine Art Estate and the first range of products, Techni Alipias, a red, a white and a rosé wine, were introduced and gained immediately their share of the quality wines market.

Wine Art aims to present how well certain Greek and cosmopolitan varieties are adapted to the microclimate of Drama. Towards this direction, a new wine, Chardonnay Idisma Drios was put to market in 1999. This was the first of a new range of products, Idisma Drios (“sweetly oaked”), to be followed by Assyrtiko, Merlot and Syrah. In great vintages, the Estate also vinifies a limited quantity of Nebbiolo.

The vineyards.

wineart vineyardThe Wine Art Estate vineyards at Mikrochori overlook Mount Pangaion, in antiquity home of the cult of Dionysus and the Orphic mysteries.

The vineyards were planted on carefully chosen south-facing slopes, well protected against late frosts. The soil is mainly sandy-clay, suitable for the cultivation of the Greek and foreign varieties planted and ideal for the development of their characteristics.

The French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, the Italian varieties Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional and the indigenous varieties Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, Lemiona are carefully tended, to ensure top quality fruit.

Wine Art Estate has currently 16 hectares of vineyards. Another 10 hectares are being planted since the beginning of 2009, at K.Vrisi, a location known since ancient times for the cultivation of the vine and the production of wines, as indicated by the ruins of a Sanctuary of Dionysus.

The Winery.

The elegant modern winery of Wine Art Estate is located on the outskirts of the village of Mikrochori.

The first section of the establishment was built in 1998 and in 2007 an adjacent building was built on the other side of the road.

The construction work was completed in 2008 and the winery is now housed in a complex of two handsome buildings, while the two “towers” that mark the edge of both buildings prove architectural aesthetics and harmony.

The two sections of the winery are connected by an underground tunnel, which houses the cellars. With a covered area of 3000 m², both on the ground and underground, it has a production capacity of 300.000 bottles.

The functional, spacious production area was designed specifically for the new building. It houses the state-of-the-art equipment for the production of quality wines: heat exchangers to chill the destemmed grapes, pneumatic press, special vats for skin contact maceration of white and red grapes, stainless steel fermentation tanks with automated temperature control systems, cold room for white wine fermentation and ageing in oak barrels, oak fermentation vats for the vinification of certain red wines, and stabilisation tanks.

A computerised central control system constantly monitors the entire production process (fermentation and maturation temperatures, pumping, etc.), intervening automatically and generating a record of each fermentation tank.

A computerised central control system constantly monitors the entire production process (fermentation and maturation temperatures, pumping, etc.), intervening automatically and generating a record of each fermentation tank.

All of the Estate’s red wines and some of the whites are then transferred to the underground cellars for the next stage of their development. Here, in stable temperature and humidity conditions, maintained by a climate control system, in hundreds of French oak barrels, the wines age before being bottled.

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logo graperoverThe Wine Art Estate wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Techni Alipias white, PGI Drama. 86 points.

Wine Art  Estatewhite grapeclipsauvignon blanc 90%, assyrtiko 10%.

vmlRegional: Crab-Kritharotto. World: sushi, sashimi, sole meuniere, crustaceans, shellfish, eel, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverPale yellow. Light viscosity. Perfumed with peach and tropical fruits like pineapple and lychee. Medium-bodied with moderate+ acidity, obvious sweetness, rich fruit and a long aftertaste. A very impressive version of a warm climate s.b.

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2011 Techni Malagousia, PGI Macedonia. 88 points.

techni malagousia2012white grapeclip100% malagousia.

vmlRegional: Kakavia. World: Asian salads, spicy chicken, bouillabaisse, chicken satay, grilled bass, rich cheeses.

logo graperoveryellow pale with greenish reflections. Medium+ viscosity. The nose is marked by explosive aromas of citrus fruits, white flowers and bergamot orange. A full bodied wine with refreshing acidity and a long aftertaste.

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2011 Techni Alipias rose, PGI Drama. 85 points.

Wine Art  Estatered grape clipSyrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon.

vmlRegional: Bacon-wrapped scallops. World: Asian salads, spicy chicken, bouillabaisse, chicken satay, grilled bass, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverBright appealing rose. Medium+ viscosity. Rich, fragrance whose palette of aromas includes scents of ripe strawberry, blackberry and pomegranate. Supple, full and warm taste. After-taste full of freshness and fruit.

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2009 Techni Alipias red, PGI Drama. 85 points. 

Wine Art  Estatered grape clipcabernet sauvignon, agiorgitiko and merlot.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Bougatsa with Kima. World: entrecote, rib-eye, casseroles, grilled vegetables, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDark purple. Medium+ viscosity. Lovely, complex, beautifully evaluated bouquet. The cherries aroma give their place to scents of vanilla, cloves, caramel and truffles. Rich, rounded and fleshy taste, with volume and extremely good structure.

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2010 Idisma Drios Chardonnay, PGI Drama. 88 points. 

Wine Art  Estatewhite grapeclip100% chardonnay.

wine barrel5 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Kotopoulo Maskouli. World: Poultry, veal, grilled pork, smoked fish, grilled fat fish, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverBright-yellow. Medium+ viscosity. Intense aromatic character, with notes of exotic fruits, vanilla, banana, white flowers and spices. Roundness in the mouth and a pleasantly acidic and lively aftertaste.

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2010 Idisma Drios Assyrtiko, PGI Drama. 87 points.

Wine Art  Estatewhite grapeclip100% assyrtiko.

wine barrel5 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Avocado with shrimp. World: sushi, sashimi, lamb, oysters, crustaceans, rich salads, light cheeses.

logo graperoverBright yellow-golden. Medium+ viscosity. Nose full of citrus and peach aromas embraced by the presence of basil. The taste sweet and soft, with a touch of barrel sense, is getting cooled by a pleasant, crispy acidity.

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2009 Idisma Drios Merlot, PGI Drama. 86 points. 

Wine Art  Estatered grape clip100% merlot.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Greek style sunday-roast. World:  grilled prime meat, game, casseroles, kebab, grilled veal liver, spicy vegetable dishes, hard matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Complex bouquet starring black berries, forrest fruits, vanilla and butter caramel, butter and spicy notes on oak background. Velvety mouth with balance, volume and pleasant finish.

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2009 Idisma Drios Syrah, PGI Drama. 87 points.

WineArtIdismaSyrah-200x500red grape clip100% syrah.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Lemon Verbana Lamb. World: grilled prime meat, game, casseroles, kebab, grilled veal liver, spicy vegetable dishes, hard matured cheeses.

logo graperoverAlmost solid red. Medium++ viscosity. A nose with the touch of violet sheens, aromas of chocolate, spices, wood and earth tones complemented by aromas of olive, cherry and quince paste. Well-structured full-bodied, fine tannins and refreshing acidity.

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2005 Wine Art Nebbiolo, PGI Drama. 89 points. 

neb-gr final (1)red grape clip100% nebbiolo.

wine barrel54 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Braised quail kokkinista. World: game, prime meat, boeuf bourguignon, osso buco, matured hard cheeses.

logo graperoverColour of moderate intensity, characteristic of the variety, with terracotta hues. Special aromas with notes of black olives, sundried tomatoes and cherry. The taste is characterized by the richness and structure of soft tannins that give a pleasant feeling of fullness.