Domaine Porto Carras

The winery was built in 1970, and it was a station for the Greek wine industry.

The first vineyards and olive groves were planted at the beginning of 1965, and work commenced on the innovative tourism Resort that is associated with the Domaine Porto Carras, creating a real revolution in the hotel and wine-making sector in Greece at that time. On the western side of Halkidiki’s Sithonia Peninsula, where the verdant slopes of Mt. Meliton stretch down to mingle with the crystal-clear waters of Toroneo Bay, 450 hectares of the largest organic Greek vineyards lie in amphitheater-like formation. These vineyards are some of the largest in Europe.

The vineyards were designed by university professors from Thessaloniki’s School of Agronomy and Athens Vine & Wine Institute in an exemplary manner.  The Domaine’s people have respected the magnificence of this unique environment. Wherever there were forests, they have been left untouched. Nevertheless, the trees to this day still constitute a natural barrier, trapping the evening atmospheric moisture which helps the vines withstand the hot days of summer.

Domaine’s vineyards are today considered to be one of the rarest cases where most vine diseases are confronted using organic processes. Plant protection is achieved solely by using sulfur and copper so that cultivation can be certified as purely organic, moreover, only organic fertilizers are used. The yield per 1000m2, which does not exceed 800 kilos, demonstrates that the viticultural potential of the area is extremely high.

The hilly areas in the region create excellent ecological conditions for cultivating the 24 select varieties. These conditions allow the Assyrtiko, Athiri, Malagousia, Sauvignon Blanc, and Roditis varieties to produce the highest quality white wines. Malagousia, a variety almost extinct, was revived at Domaine Porto Carras; after experimental plantings, the possibilities of the variety were recognized and the production of high-quality and balanced wines with high aromatic potential, began.

Among the red wines, the famed Greek Limnio variety referred to in texts of Aristotle stands out accompanied by the cosmopolitan varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah, which at altitudes from 300 to 400m have adapted wonderfully to the cool north-eastern slopes of the region.

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