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The History
In 1963 a cruise to Mount Athos begins, celebrating the one thousand year anniversary since the creation of the monastic community of Athos. Well known Athenians were on board and the ship-owner Giannis Carras was among them. They cruise offshore Sithonia, enter the Toroneos Gulf and … the fairytale begins when Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site. For centuries, the land of Halkidiki has been verdant with vineyards and olive groves. Its wines, famous throughout ancient times, bearing names such as Toroni, Acanthus and Olympus, also referred to in many texts of past ages, were the forerunners of the present-day wines from the Slopes of Mt. Meliton region, now recognized as wines with Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O) “Meliton Slopes” and Protected Geographical Indication (P.G.I) “Sithonia”.

The vineyard won the international 2015 Wine Tourism Awards for its excellent services, while the Domaine Porto Carras wines have been honored with over 150 awards. Hopping on the wine tasting resort train, Porto Carras’ guests have the opportunity to get to know more than 20 varieties of wine as well as its organic tsipouro, and taste local flavors while admiring the view of the mountain Slopes of Meliton and the deep blue waters of the Toroneos Gulf.


The Vineyards

Domaine Porto Carras is the largest organic vineyard in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe covering a total area of 475 hectares. The vineyards have been designed by university professors of Thessaloniki School of Agronomy and the Athens Vine & Wine Institute. Moreover, a systematic study on the suitability of foreign varieties was carried out. Today, the “Meliton Slopes” vineyards serve as a model of organic viniculture, adopting modern international trends while respecting the consumer and the environment.


The Winery

The Winery was built in 1970 along with the vineyards. To protect the beautiful landscape, its location was carefully chosen to be invisible to the passerby, both from the road and the sea. Located at the center of the Domaine, it serves the direct processing and fast delivery of the grapes, aiming at maintaining the high quality of the raw material. Modern presses, stainless steel tanks and a chemical analysis laboratory support all production processes with the latest technological methods.


The Viti culture

Since the early 1960s, Domaine Porto Carras has been showing its innovative character and contributing to the development of viti culture and winemaking in Greece. A brilliant example of this is the revival of the well-known yet varied Malagouzia, which had disappeared from the viniculture for hundreds of years. Limnio, the oldest red variety in the world, was first planted, cultivated, and bott led in the Domaine Porto Carras. The oenological result is exceptional. The Limnio variety has great aging potential and is a cultural heritage, continuously receiving international awards and distinctions.


The Oenology

Professor Emile Pernaud of the University of Bordeaux, father of modern winemaking, established the historical path of the fi rst “Greek” PDO wine, combining the foreign varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the oldest Greek variety Limnio. The legendary Chateau Porto Carras with a great record has continued winning awards, prizes, and medals.

The production process is taking place with knowledge and care by the experienced oenologists in the modern facilities of the winery. Domaine Porto Carras uses the latest equipment, pneumatic press, special tanks for pre-fermentation extraction, double-wall stainless steel fermentation tanks, automatic fermentati on temperature control.

In the winery cellar, authentic French oak barrels, renewed each year, ensure the perfect maturation of the great red wines, especially Chateau Porto Carras, Syrah and Magnus Baccata.

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