Hallgarten extends its Greek portfolio with Cretan trio

17 June, 2016

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

The specialist importer has selected three wines from the family-owned Idaia Winery, which was established in 2001.

Hallgarten’s head of buying, Steve Daniel, who first brought Greek wines to the UK in the 1980s during his time at Oddbins, said: “I am delighted to add these wines to our portfolio as they are truly expressive of the terroir of Crete.

“The island is a true treasure trove: grapes you do not find anywhere else, altitude and limestone and, importantly, a new generation of winemakers like Vasilis and Calliope who are using knowledge, experience and passion gained travelling and working abroad to craft wines of superb quality and value.  Idaia specialises in wines from the island’s indigenous grape varieties including Thrapshathiri, Vilana and Vidiano as Vasilis and Calliope firmly believe in the potential of the indigenous varieties and the winemaking traditions of Crete.”

The three wines arte Idaia Gi Vilana 2015 (rrp £12.49), which Daniel describes as “a complex wine which is immacculately balanced and has a persistent, aromatic finish”; Ocean Thrapshathiri 2015 (rrp £12.99), which is “bright and uplifting with delicate fruit aromas”, and also Vidiano 2015 (rrp £13.49), which has “an impressively aromatic aftertaste”. Daniels said the latter is “the quintessential introduction to the Vidiano grape”.




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