Aiόra (hammock) was the ancient Greek feast dedicated to God Dionysus and the celebration of unveiling the annual wine. It was part of the three-day feast of the Anthysteria, where in a ritual way, on the first day the villagers would open the πίθοι (clay jars) that contained the wine of the year and the first tastings were performed. On the second day, they would fill the amphorae and the Aiόra festivities would start, where, amid wine-tasting and rich dinners, young ladies were singing and swinging on hammocks, which were fastened to tree branches. The third day was dedicated to the dead, which testifies their deep understanding of the mortal human nature.
We honor this ancient tradition in the red Aiόra wine by blending two famous Greek grape varieties, Mavrotragano and Xinomavro with the world famous Syrah variety. The grapes are subjected to spontaneous fermentation, using the grapes’ wild yeasts. Large clay jars from Crete are used for maturing the wine for about three to four months. The wine is bottled unfiltered and with very low addition of sulfites.
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Our vineyards in Monopigado village are located on the slopes of a hilly area of about 1000 – 1600 ft altitude, near the Aegean coastline, overlooking the Aegean Sea and the mythical Mount Olympus. The area is blessed with the cooling wind from the mountain area surrounding it from the north and it also enjoys the summer breeze from the sea. The soil is mainly clay and gravel with very high concentration of stones. Its structure, combined with the dry cultivation of the vines, enables the penetration of the roots deep into the sub-soil. The average yield is no more than 3 tons per acre.