VINEYARD

The Kos Vineyard revival

Aiming to bring to the forefront the history of wines from Kos , we have established a 12 acre vineyard. The island due to its location provides a great environment to grow even the more sensitive varieties of grapes. The climate is Mediterranean with a mellow winter and warm summers without excessive heat, mainly due to the sea breeze during the day.

The combination of the fertile grounds with the implemented practices for cultivation contribute to the optimal development of the vineyard in all the stages of development and ensures that the grapes ripen in the most favorable way.

We have planted and cultivated with care Greek varieties of grape such as the fragrant Malagouzia and the Aegean Athiri and Asyrtiko as well as more international varieties such as deep red Merlot , the aristocratic Syrah , a vibrant Chardonnay and a sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon .Alongside this we also keep an experimental vineyard with many different Greek grape varieties in an attempt to study the way they adapt to the climate because the care and the expansion of the vineyard never stops.

HISTORIC BACKGROUND

Hippocaretes & Archipelago

Kos, one of the islands of the Archipelago, third in size and second in grandeur amongst the islands of the Southern Sporades, which today constitute the complex of the Dodecanese, has been Greek since the beginning of history. The island developed and maintained for thousands of years, its own culture, incorporating various influences, while maintaining unchanged its Greek character. It emerged as a vital, cultural and commercial hub and played an influential role in the foundations of Mediterranean culture.

The island itself is 37 kilometres long, 112 kilometres around and has a surface area covering 290 square kilometres. Today the island has 30.091 permanent residents. It has been called by many names over the years such as Meropis or Meropi, Kouris or Karis, Nymphea, Triopia, Xalkoa, Xalkidontis, Eyripili and eventually Kos which has remained until today. The Templars called it Lango or Lago, Stankioi by the Turks and Coo by the Italians, who established themselves as sovereigns of the island at the time. Island of the blessed was what the ancient Greeks called the island of Kos due to the fertility of the lands and how produce was always good in both quantity and quality. Ships would sail from Kos loaded with all kinds of produce, mainly grapes, wine, watermelons and cantaloupes and would reach all ends of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The vineyards at the time were mainly situated on Mt. Dikaios.

Hippocrates, heralded as the father of modern medicine and the most esteemed son of Kos, through his studies had discovered the beneficial properties of wine and would recommend his patients to drink wine as a tonic or medicine. Writings of Hippocrates have been found and is quoted “και πινέ τω οίνον αυστηρόν Κώον ως μελάντατον”  which translates to “Drink, dry, red Koan wine.” and “Drink astringent, red, Koan wine.” respectively. Hippocrates appears to be partial to red wines but there are other quotes mentioning white Koan wines such as the noted Greek historian Strabo mentions “τεθαλαττωμέν ονοίνον” (white wine) which they used to drink with a splash of sea water. In modern times, the introduction of extensive touristic infrastructure and the increased number of tourists visiting the island meant that vineyards stopped working altogether and that cultivation of other crops and produce such as tomatoes for instance were severely cut back, even though the island has abundant fertile grounds.