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Our History

A Legend' s Story

In 1963 a cruise to Mount Athos begins, for the celebration of the 1000 years since the creation of the monastic community of Athos. Aboard known Athenians and among them the shipowner Giannis Carras. They cruise offshore Sithonia, enter the Toroneos Gulf and... the fairytale begins. Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site.

Investment

The "Slopes of Mt. Meliton" wine-growing region is a region with excellent ecological conditions.450 hectares of vineyards of the most historical Domaine in Greece lie amphitheatre-like on the western side of the Sithonia Peninsula in Chalkidiki, dominated by verdant Mt. Meliton.

Since 2000, the Technical Olympic Group of Companies has assisted dynamically in modernizing the winery. The production process is achieved with the most modern equipment: pneumatic press, special tanks for pre-fermentation extraction, stainless steel tanks for fermentation with double wall, automatic control fermentation temperature.

Domain Porto Carras winery, makeover of the area accessible to the public, and the wine tasting hall were included in the renovation. To go along with the renovation, an unforgettable tour of the vineyard grounds was also created. In 2002, the historic vineyard Porto Carras has implemented a comprehensive restructuring program for the vineyards, in order to respond to new trends in viticulture and new flavors of wine.

After continuous adaptability studies of different varieties, from 2002 – 2013, they have planted more than 800 acres of new vineyards in different terroir of the estate with the modern methods of vine cultivation.

The 26 grape varieties grown in the estate offers unlimited possibilities for producing wines with different and special characteristics.

The restructuring of the vineyard included the renewal of our historical varieties, such Malagouzia Limnio, Cabernet sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc, etc., enriched with new varieties such as Muscat of Alexandria, Viogner, Chardonnay, Mavrodaphne, and Mavrotragano.

Winery

The winery was built in 1970, and together with the vineyard became a landmark for the Greek wine industry.

It is definitely worth mentioning the significant contribution made by the father of modern oenology, Professor Émile Peynaud from the University of Bordeaux, who forged the historical path of the first "Greek" wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, which—having been ideally adapted to the Domaine's calcareous-slaty soil—thrived around the globe, achieving numerous awards, medals and accolades.

The design and positioning of the winery in the middle of the vineyard facilitates the rapid delivery and processing of the grapes for the purpose of maintaining their quality and avoiding oxidation.