Artemis Karamolegos Winery

Artemis Karamolegos Winery combines a great respect for Santorini’s winemaking traditions with a modern outlook and constant investment in our vineyards and in wine making equipment. This has made us one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing wineries in Santorini.

It has won many prestigious awards in both domestic and international competitions. One of the most significant is the Judges’ Selection award for our Santorini 2016 as best Greek white wine in the TEXSOM IWA 2017 competition: It is the most important wine competition in the USA and one of the most important in the world!

The winery participates in major international exhibitions such as ProWein, distributes its wines all over Greece through Vinalia and also exports to major overseas markets such as the US, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Japan, Denmark, the Nederlands.

Artemis Karamolegos Winery traces its roots back to 1952. It is inextricably linked to Santorini’s volcanic vineyards and winemaking tradition.

It manages its own private vineyards and also cooperating producers’ vineyards in Kamari, Messaria, Exo Gonia, Pyrgos, Megalochori and Akrotiri, and also buys grapes from local producers.

Guests can visit the Winery and observe the entire winemaking process including the tanks, the fermentation barrels, the impressive aging cellars and the traditional presses.

Wine tasting is held in the courtyard, with a specialized enologist who introduces each wine and informs visitors about the winemaking process and the technical characteristics.

Our Winery combines wine tasting with a meal or diner at the Aroma Avlis Food & Wine restaurant which is just next door.

PYRITIS

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 100%

Source of grapes: Pyritis is made from extraordinary three parcels of 100% Assyrtiko that can be more of 120 years of age, two in Pyrgos and one in Megalochori. These are two villages that are highly regarded for producing top quality grapes.

Winemaking: Classic white vinification under controlled temperature using only neutral yeasts in order to maintain the varietal character. We take care to vinify these parcels as naturally as possible letting them speak for themselves. When the fermentation ends the blend matures on total lees for 10 months with regular lees stirring.

Description: Pure nose, full of minerality and flint which is a typical hint of Santorini’s Assyrtiko. Notes of matured stone-fruits and tart of citrus fruits. The palate shows considerable depth and genuine concentration, rich and dense with finesse and well balanced acidity. Long aftertaste with saltiness and minerality.

Ageing potential: For at least a decade.

Distinctions:
2015: Silver Medal 94/100 – Decanter WWA 2017, Jancis Robinson (JH MW) : 17, Yiannis Karakasis MW: 92, John Szabo MS: 91, Andreas Larsson: 91

Serving and food pairing: Decanting is suggested in order to breath and open up its complicated character. Better served at 11-13⁰C, matches perfectly with oily fish or salmon carpaccio. Alternatively try it with lamb fricassee or white meat like stuffed turkey, making also a great pair with pasta or shellfish risotto.

ASSYRTIKO

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 100%

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from selected very old vineyards of Assyrtiko. Their main origin is Pyrgos, Megalochori and Exo Gonia.

Winemaking: Classic white vinification with a percentage of pre-fermentation cold soak. Only the free-run juice is fermenting in steel tanks under controlled temperatures. Use of selected neutral yeast and wild yeasts for some tanks in order to express the pure varietal character. Minimalistic approach in the whole winemaking process and maturation on total lees for at least 5 months, under frequent lees stirring (bâtonnage).

Description: Characteristic stony minerality (salty and flinty notes) in the nose followed by fruity (peach, pear) and herbal (tea, chamomile) hints. Rich mouthfeel and elegant at the same time. Its creamy texture makes an excellent balance with the dry bone crispiness and the high acidity of the Assyrtiko. Full bodied, concentrated wine with finesse complexity and long salty aftertaste.

Ageing potential: Up to 7-10 years

Distinctions:
2016: Gold Medal – TEXSOM IWA 2017, Gold Medal – 17th Thessaloniki IWC, Silver Medal – 17th Mundus Vini
2015: Silver Medal – 18th Mundus Vini, Silver Medal – TEXSOM IWA 2016, Robert Parker (Mark Squires): 90, Yiannis Karakasis MW: 90
2014: Robert Parker (Mark Squires): 90
2013: Bronze Medal – Decanter WWA 2014

Serving and food pairing: Decanting is suggested in order to breath and open up. Served at 10-12⁰C being a delicious match with prime grilled fish or shellfish. Alternatively you can pair it with lamb kebabs or even with dishes of the Asian cuisine. It will also shine with white meat like grilled chicken and pasta with aromatic herbs.

SANTORINI

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: 90 % Assyrtiko, 10% of Athiri and Aidani

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced mostly from old vineyards in different parts of the island. The biggest percentage of them comes from Pyrgos, Exo Gonia, Megalochori and partly comes from Akrotiri, Emporio and Fira.

Winemaking: Classic white vinification, with a part of cold soak depending of the quality of each vintage. The different varieties and the different villages are fermenting on separate steel tanks under controlled temperatures. The final blend is decided regarding the profile of each vintage and matures on lees for at least 5 months.

Description: Elegant nose dominated by the aromas of fruits (stone fruits, citrus fruits) and stony minerality (wet sea rocks). Notes of flowers like jasmine and herbal like mint derived from the percentage of Athiri-Aidani giving in this way many layers of flavor. Complex, elegant and vivid on the palate with depth of fruit, freshness and density.

Ageing potential: Up to 5-7 years

Distinctions:
2016: JUDGES’ SELECTION Greece White – TEXSOM IWA 2017, Gold Medal – TEXSOM IWA 2017
2015: Silver Medal_18th Mundus Vini, Robert Parker (Mark Squires): 90
2014: Silver Medal – Decanter WWA 2015
2013: Silver Medal – Decanter WWA 2014, Gold Medal – Daejeon Wine Trophy 2014, Gold Medal – 14th Thessaloniki IWC

Serving and food pairing: Served at 9-11C being a delicious match with fish tartar, briney “dolmades” with egg-lemon sauce, roasted crawfish, shrimps or grilled octopus, fried fish and seafood delicacies.

NYKTERI

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 90% with 10% Athiri and Aidani

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from old vines that may reach 100 years of age from plots situated in Megalochori and Pyrgos at an altitude up to 400 m. Harvest under high ripeness, inspired by the tradition, enhancing the structure and the aroma compounds.

Winemaking: Only the free-run juice is received from the press and after the settling, the juice is lead into the barrels to start the fermentation. Barrels of large volume, light or medium toast with a small percentage of new barrel compose the profile of the oak that we use. Regularly lees stirring are realized during the fermentation and the maturation. Total maturation for 16 months. The bottles are released on the market after 1,5 years from the harvest in order to bring out the complexity and the special character that Assyrtiko provides during its evolution.

Description: Intense aromas combining dry nuts with matured yellow fruits, honey, quince and a sophisticated minerality. Rich and oily on the palate with intense character, Nykteri is a pure ‘dynamite’ with concentrated body and a perfect balance among the electric acidity, the high ripeness and the long salty aftertaste.

Ageing potential: Up to 8-10 years

Distinctions:
2016: Gold Medal – 18th Thessaloniki IWC
2015: Silver Medal – 17th Thessaloniki IWC
2014: Jancis Robinson (JH MW) : 17+

Serving and food pairing: Decanting is suggested in order to let the wine breath and open up. Served at 12-14°C. Exclusive for dishes with intense flavors but again the wine will be the leader. Nykteri is a wine that comfortably replaces any red, therefore we suggest trying it as well with roasted pork with orange instead of the more usual combination with seafood.

MYSTIRIO/14

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 100%

Source of grapes: Single centenarian vineyard of Assyrtico located in one of the best terroir of Santorini, in Pyrgos.

Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation by the wild yeasts of the grapes, skin fermented exactly like as the red winemaking. 14 days total maceration and after the finish of the fermentation the wine remains on total lees for 10 months. Natural winemaking without any addition, stabilization or filtration during the fermentation and maturation besides very low sulfites added before bottling. (total SO2 40mg/lt).

Description: Intense nose, special, revealing another aspect of Santorini’s character. Herbal notes like chamomile, peppermint and black tea and spices like cardamom and coriander are perceived first. Mineral notes and fruity hints of pear and bergamot, indicate directly its origin. Structured and generous mouthfeel with firm tannins balanced by the richness and the volume of the wine. Long aftertaste with salinity and a spicy finish. Ageing potential: We don’t know exactly yet due to the nature of the wine and the fact that it’s just the first vintage. Based on what we taste, we consider that under good storage conditions the wine can develop a unique character for the next 5 years. Serving and food pairing: Decanting is necessary for at least an hour, in order to breath and open up its complicated character. Can be served at 13-15oC in an big glass of Riesling type , highlighting a wide variety of dishes; particularly due to its orange nature and to the presence of soft tannins it is a match with fish, as good as with meat.

Some of the best combinations that we have enjoyed till now: intense and matured gruyere cheese, first class fish like grouper and dentex, lamb in the oven or ribs. Without any doubt another excellent pairings are with pork dishes, with various ethnic dishes like curry chicken and also with the spicy Moroccan cuisine. It’s gustatory spectrum is so wide that we can say that the pairing list is endless. So we encourage you to try your own combinations.

AIDANI

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Aidani 100%

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from three selected vineyards averaging 15-20 years of age in Kamari and Exo Gonia. One portion of the grapes is harvested earlier in order to maintain good level of acidity and the rest later and more ripe in order to intensify the rich aromatic profile which characterize this rare variety.

Winemaking: Pre-fermentation cold soak which duration depends from the quality of each vintage, followed by classic white vinification at controlled temperatures with the use of selected and wild yeasts. Their blend matures on the lees with under frequent bâttonage for at least 4 months before the first bottling.

Description: Floral aromas like lemon blossom and jasmine and matured fruits which reminds us nectarine, lychee and kumquat come first on the nose. Hints of minerality and green citrus fruits like grapefruit and citron in the background. Supple, elegant with persistent aromas (green pepper, exotic fruits and lime) on the palate and balanced acidity. Long aftertaste with finesse, good complexity and loads of freshness.

Ageing potential: Up to 2-3 years

Distinctions:
2017: Silver Medal Mundus Vini GIWA
2014: Silver Medal – Decanter WWA 2015

Serving and food pairing: Served at 8-10°C. An ideal wine in order to start your meal. A delicious match with fried vegetables, sushi, risotto with asparagus, orzo pasta with seafood or fried fish or shrimps.

MAVROTRAGANO

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Mavrotragano 100%

Source of grapes: Two selected vineyards of this rare variety of average 20 years old of age, situated in Exo Gonia and Kamari. Their cultivation differentiates from the traditional way of ‘basket’ trained vines. They are trained in vertical wire trellis and pruned as double Guyot.

Winemaking: Classic red vinification with 24 hours pre-fermentation cold soak. Fermentation under stable temperature, extraction by pump-overs and punchdowns. The free run is separated from the mark depending by the phenolic content. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation finish into the steel tank and then the wine is transferred into the barrels. Matures in oak barrels of 1st, 2d and 3d use for 24 months.

Description: Ripe nose offering black fruit, liquorice, chocolate and white pepper along with earthy notes and aromatic herbs. Opulent and strong on palate with solid but ripe tannins and finesse. A dense wine with excellent ageing potential.

Ageing potential: Up to 6-8 years from the vintage

Serving and food pairing: Decanting is suggested in order to breath and open up. Served at 16-18°C. Delicious match with prime steaks medium cooked but also perfect with dishes based on meat with sauces, mature yellow cheeses or charcuterie.

TERRA NERA WHITE

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 100 %

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from relatively young in regard to Santorini’s centenarian vines, with average 50 years of age.The vineyards are situated in lower altitude villages of the island like Kamari, Messaria, Vothonas and Akrotiri.

Winemaking: Classic white vinification under controlled low temperatures in order to highlight the fruity expression of this multifaceted variety. Maturation on the fine lees under frequent stirring for at least 4 months.

Description: Fruity aromas of melon, pear and citrus fruits combined with the typical mineral signature of the island and its hint of herbal notes. Supple, fresh on the palate with intensity, primary fruit character, nice vivid balance and long complex aftertaste.

Ageing potential: 2-3 years

Distinctions:
2016: Silver Medal – 17th Thessaloniki IWC
2014: Silver Medal – IWSC 2015
2013: Gold Medal – 14th Thessaloniki IWC

Serving and food pairing: Served at 8-10°C. A perfect combination with Aegean seafood delicacies, fried or raw fish and shellfish.

TERRA NERA ROSE

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: 80% Mandilaria and 20% Assyrtiko

Source of grapes: Vines of average 50 years of age from vineyards of Exo Gonia, Akrotiri, Megalochori and Mesaria.

Winemaking: Short pre-fermentation skin contact in the press receiving only the free-run juice. Classic white vinification is followed by selected yeasts in low temperatures. Matured on the fine lees for at least 4 months.

Description: Fruit-forward intense nose with red fruit aromas such as strawberries, cherries. Peppery and hints of blossom in second plan. The palate is quite rich, well balanced characterized by refreshing levels of crispy acidity and depth.

Ageing potential: Up to 2 years

Distinctions:
2013: Silver Medal – Daejeon Wine Trophy 2014, Bronze Medal – Decanter WWA 2014

Serving and food pairing: Served at 8-10°C becoming a delicious match with the Greek dishes like green beans with tomato sauce, briam, crumbled eggs with tomato, the local fried tomato-balls of Santorini and pasta with red sauce or vegetables. One of the most food-friendly style wine, ideal for an everyday table.

TERRA NERA RED

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Mandilaria 100%

Source of grapes: The grapes are sourced from old vines of average 60 years of age, from the vineyards at Karterados, Mesaria and Kamari.

Winemaking: Classic red vinification at low temperatures with short maceration period. A small part of it matures in oak barrels and the rest in steel tank. It is bottled after 8-9 months of maturation in order to keep its fresh and fruity character.

Description: Youthful nose with red fruit aromas, beautifully combined with spices and Mediterranean herbs. Stylish and immediate on the palate combining high freshness, crispy fruit, tannic firm structure and elegant personality.

Ageing potential: Up to 2-3 years

Serving and food pairing: Served at 14-16°C. Exceptional combination with charcuterie plate or dear to combine it with salmon or tuna on the oven. Enjoy it in pairing with comfort food such as pasta Bolognese, pizza or burgers.

VINSANTO

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece GRAPE VARIETY: Assyrtiko 85% with 15% Aidani

Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from old vines averaging 100 years of age from vineyards in the villages of Megalochori, Pyrgos, Exo Gonia and Akrotiri.

Winemaking: The grapes are left to sun-dry in a traditional way for 9 to 14 days under the hot sun of Santorini in order to evaporate the juice losing their weight and concentrate their amount of sugar, acidity levels and flavors. Fermentation follows in tanks and lasts for several days. It stops spontaneously leaving a significant amount of residual sugars. Maturation takes place in old French oak barrels of 225lt and 500lt for at least 90 months

Description: Dense and complex aromas of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel, espresso coffee and nuts. Luscious on the palate, yet not cloying with “kicking” acidity levels. Exuberant and complex lingering finish. This mahogany colored wine-elixir concentrates all the special traits of Santorini’s unique terroir.

Ageing potential: 10+ years after bottling

Distinctions:
2008: Gold Medal Mundus Vini GIWA 2018
2007: Gold Medal – ΤEXSOM IWA 2016 , Gold Medal – 18th Mundus Vini
2006: Robert Parker (Mark Squires): 94, Gold Medal – 17th Mundus Vini
2005: Silver Medal – Mundus Vini 2009 and 2010
2004: Gold Medal – 14th Thessaloniki IWC

Serving and food pairing: Served at 7-9°C. You can enjoy it on its own after a lovely dinner. But it will be a heavenly-made pairing with chocolate desserts, crème brûlée and greek “baklava” or semolina halva. It will also greatly withstand the antithesis of serving it next to savory dishes such as Roquefort, kopanisti or matured graviera cheese, quiche lorraine or even with prosciutto and dried figs.

FEREDINI

PRODUCER: Artemis Karamolegos Winery VOLUME: 750ml
COD: Greece

Type: Dry White Wine, 750ml
Appellation of Origin Santorini of High Quality

Varietal Composition: Assyrtico

Vinification: Classic white vinification at controlled temperature. Maturation on fine lees for 1 month.

Alcohol Degree: 13%

Tasting Notes: White-yellow color, fresh refreshing aromas with light notes of fruits. It’s mouth brings out the metallic character of Santorinian soil, finishing with a proper after taste.

Food Pairing: Shellfish & Seafood appetizers, grilled fish, local & Mediterranean delicacies.