Grape Marc spirits of double distillation in traditional copper hambyques. From grapes grown in Macedonia, Greece. Elegant, expressively aromatic with unmistakable “identity”. Best finish to a long and versatile dinner or to be had as an aperitif.
For more than 20 years, with love, persistence, faith in organic cultivation and a spirit of creative experimentation, Nikos Afianes, a local Pharmacist, has been growing on the impressive granitic island of Ikaria the two local PGI grape varieties, Fokiano and Begleri. In the course of making wines from experimental vineyards at different altitudes and different microclimates on the Western part of the island, a few innovative styles have been created in a limited number of bottles from these two grapes. Nikos’ wines defend the term ‘fine’ with their elegance, unquestionable quality and development potential with time, whilst they remain anchored to traditional practices and totally pure without any technological intervention or additives.
Retsina has been made for over 2500 years. Wine shippers in those old days had to transport this sensitive product across the Mediterranean Sea and over long journeys, which could become even longer depending on weather conditions. In order to preserve it, they used Pine Resin to seal the carrying amphoras. They have then discovered that botanical aromas were transferred to the wines through the resin, enhancing thus the taste and extending the life of the product. Greeks have remained loyal to this refreshing taste to date!