Alpha Estate wine producer

Alpha Estate
Less than 20 years after releasing its first wine, Alpha Estate has already joined the first rank of Greek producers.  It’s a collaboration between winemaker Angelos Iatridis and viticulturalist Makis Mavridis, each with many years experience as consultants throughout Greece, who chose Amyndeon as the ideal location to create their own wines.
 
Beginning in 1997, they started to buy up patches of land from small-scale growers in this high plateau between the lakes Vegoritida and Petron, in order to create a single substantial vineyard.  It took 75 separate purchases to create the first, 49-hectare block, with negotiations gradually becoming more protracted and expensive as the patchwork neared completion!
 
Meanwhile they built a state of the art, gravity-fed winery, releasing their first wines for public consumption in 2003.  Expansion has continued and they now own 120 ha of vineyards, planted with an array of local and international varieties.  Xinomavro is the main black grape, used both alone and blended with the Greek Mavrodaphne and international varieties Syrah and Merlot.  They also produce varietal wines from Pinot Noir and, unusually, Tannat.
 
Whites are just as important, with varietal dry wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Malagouzia, along with a late-harvest blend of Gewürztraminer and Malagouzia.

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