Claudia Papayianni Winery


The Vault

The underground coming-through-a-vault cellar truly demonstrates the atmosphere of this place. The experience will be completed only after you have tasted the winery’ s varieties.

The Rosé Queen

Taste one of the most popular Greek Rosé wines. Ex Arnon is a Syrah-Xinomavro with a nose of strawberries, raspberries and sweet spices.

Zero To Hero

Learn about the owner’ s story. An authentic success story from one of Greece’ s most successful female vintner.

2003 marked the first planting of Syrah (pronounced see-rah – French red grape variety that produces wines with a bold colour, medium-acidity and strong red fruit aromas that become more complex when kept in a barrel) and Grenache Rouge (pronounced gren-ash ˈruːʒ – red variety of Spanish origin producing wines that have high alcoholic strength, are fruity, have medium acidity and body and are slightly pale in colour). The blending of Grenache and Syrah produces a superb rosé. The planting continued with Assyrtiko, the most versatile white variety of the Greek varieties, which produces wines with high acidity and a pleasant citrus aroma. At the same time Malagouzia was planted, an old Greek variety that has been revived in the last fifteen years starting from Chalkidiki and produces wines with a strong fruity and floral aroma and medium acidity. Xinomavro, the “queen of Macedonia”, was chosen from the Greek red varieties. Being a versatile variety, it can produce different types of wine and form the base of many blends. The last plantings involved the following cosmopolitan French varieties: Chardonnay (pronounced shar-doe-nay), which can produce complex white oily wines with full body, especially when kept in a barrel; Viognier (pronounced vee-ohn-yay), which produces strongly aromatic and rich-bodied white wines; Merlot (pronounced merr-lo), which produces red wines that are soft and have the ability to age; and Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced cab-er-nay so-vin-yon), the dominant red variety from the Bordeaux region that produces assertive and tannic wines that develop in the barrel.

The aim of all applied cultivation techniques is to create plants of medium robustness and vigour, which is a necessary condition for producing high-quality wines. It extends at an altitude of 250-650 metres to seven adjacent vine-growing areas and stops at its natural boundary, a gully with plane trees. The vineyard has gentle slopes ranging from 5% to 20% and its rows run from east to west so as to provide protection against the cold northern winds and strong sunshine in the summer. The grapevines have been planted in rows (linear layout) with a space of 1-1.30m within each row and a space of 2.40m between rows. An irrigation system has been installed for dealing with extreme drought conditions in the summer. The planting density is 350-400 vines/1000m2, depending on the variety and using the 1103 Paulsen rootstock, and has a low yield of approximately 700-800 kg/1000m2. Pruning takes place using the bilateral or unilateral method (Cordon de Royat) and begins in March. The grapes are harvested by hand and the harvest season begins in late August with the Chardonnay or Merlot varieties and ends in the first half of October with the Xinomavro variety.

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