Porto Carras Grand Resort is a legendary place; it’s almost forty-year history has been written with golden letters. In 1963 a cruise to Mt 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 ship owner Giannis Carras. They cruise off the shore of Sithonia, entered the Toroneos Gulf and… the fairytale begins. Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site.
On the rocky and infertile Galani hill, the famous villa Galini was built by the renowned Greek architect Kapsambelis , extending on a surface of two thousand square meters. A sample of unique architecture and beauty, furnished with exceptional monastic furniture and unique art works.
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.
In the beginning of 1965, the first vineyards and olive groves were planted. At the same time, work on the innovative tourism Resort, which is associated with Domaine Porto Carras, began. At the time, this created a real revolution in the hotel and wine making sector in Greece. On the western side of Chalkidiki’s Sithonia Peninsula, where the verdant slopes of Mt. Meliton stretch down to mingle with the crystal clear waters of Toroneo Bay, 4500 hectares of the largest organic Greek vineyards lie in amphitheatre-like formation. These vineyards are some of the largest in Europe.
The vineyards were designed by university professors from the Thessaloniki School of Agronomy and Athens Vine & Wine Institute in an exemplary manner. For the first time a systematic study was carried out on the suitability of foreign varieties in Greece. The Domaines people have respected the magnificence of this unique environment. Wherever there were forests, they have been left untouched. Thus the trees today still constitute a natural barrier, trapping the evening atmospheric moisture which helps the vines withstand the hot days of summer.
In 2000 Porto Carras Grand Resort was acquired by Technical Olympic Group of Companies. The Chairman Konstantinos Stengos, made it the purpose of his life to bring Porto Carras to the foremost rank of the international touristic market. His daughter Ylianna Stengou devoted herself to the Domaine and the development of indigenous Greek varieties.
Today the “Slopes of Mt. Meliton” vineyards are a model of organic viniculture, in line with modern international trends, respecting the consumer and the environment.
Thanks to the exceptional climate conditions prevailing in the area, the Domaines 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 sulphur 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 22 select varieties that thrive on the south-western slopes at an altitude of 200-300 m. These conditions allow the Asyrtiko, Athiri, Malagouzia, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rhoditis varieties to produce the highest quality white wines. Malagouzia, an almost extinct variety and one of the most ancient white varieties of the world, was revived at Domaine Porto Carras. After experimental plantings, the possibilities of the variety were recognized. Thus the production of high quality and balanced wines, with high aromatic potential, began.
Among the red wines, the famed Greek Limnio variety, the most ancient variety in the world, referred to in texts of Aristotle, stands out accompanied by the cosmopolitan varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah. Grown which at altitudes ranging from 300 to 400m, have adapted wonderfully to the cool north-eastern slopes of the region.
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