I am a big fan of wine and especially Greek wine. So when the winery Domaine Costas Lazaridis invited the members of Travel Bloggers Greece and some of the best Greek Food Bloggers to its quarters in Kapandriti, I was more than happy to go.
The Enotria Gi winery is located in Kapandriti, a 45 minute drive from the centre of Athens. The estate occupies an area of 15.000 sq. m. which include the winery, a wine museum, cellars and reception areas. One can even get married there.
Our day began with some coffee and cakes. We then moved to the Costa Lazaridi Wine Museum where we were given a guided tour. We learnt about the history and the production process of wine. The history of the winery begins in Drama, a town in northern Greece where the most well known Greek and international varieties of wine are being cultivated. In the Kapandriti estate they cultivate organically varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Agiorgitiko.
After learning about the wine production we had the chance to taste some balsamic vinegar that is being produced in the Drama estate. The vinegar is produced from a selection of white grapes and it’s called “Aceto Botanico Adriani”.
We then went to the wine tasting room where Mr Andreas Androulidakis, a wine journalist told about the art of tasting wine. We also had the chance of tasting some of the estates finest wines.
The time passed very quickly and we were getting hungry! It was time for cooking and the meal included pork tenderloin, rabbit and chicken cooked with the domaine’s balsamic vinegar and under the instructions of well – known chef Giorgos Stilianoudakis.
After we finished cooking, we ate the delicious food accompanied with the estates great wines. What impressed me the most was the vanilla ice cream served with balsamic vinegar. A combination I wouldn’t have though of making.
If you are interested in wine you should definitely visit the wine museum
2nd klm Kapandriti – Kalamos
Kapandriti 190 14
+30 22950 52213
It is open:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 -17:30
Weekends: 11:00 – 15:00
For big groups a wine tasting can be arranged. Call the estate for more info.
Even if you don’t manage to go, you can still take a taste of Greece with you by purchasing one of the estates wines like Amethystos, Oenotria Gi etc or one of the Balsamic vinegar. You can find then for sale in big super-markets across the country.
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I was a guest at Domaine Costa Lazaridi but as always opinions are my own.