Amathus boosts its collection of Greek producers

Amathus Drinks has added two more Greek wineries to its wine agency portfolio.

Markou Vineyards and Papaioannou Wines will join the company’s growing list of Greek and Cypriot producers, which already includes Vriniotis and Avantis from Evia; Artemis Karamolegos from Santorini; Porto Carras from Halkidiki and Tsiakkas from Cyprus.

Markou Vineyards is a producer from the Attica region, and it dates back to 1928 with vines planted in both Attica and Nemea. The whites are made from the Savatiano variety, a low yielding grape grown on the hot plain of Attica, cooled by the sea breezes from the Aegean Sea.

Three versions of Savatiano have been added: Kleftes, an organic dry white made without the addition of sulphur dioxide; Vareli, a barrel-fermented white, matured in new French oak; and Schinopefko Retsina, described as a “very well priced modern Retsina”.

Amathus has also added Papaioannou Wines, which specialises in using indigenous varieties and organic viticulture. The family owns 60 hectares of organically-certified vineyards, located in the Nemea region of the Peloponnese.

Amathus has added two white and two red wines: a blend of Roditis and Sauvignon Blanc; and Assyrtiko and two St George wines from 2018 and a Nemea 2014 both made from Agiorgitko.

Jeremy Lithgow MW, Amathus’ head of wine, said: “Our recent additions of Markou Vineyards and Papaioannou have added further  breadth to our range of Greek wines. Greece is perhaps the most exciting European wine-growing region at the moment, with talented producers starting to realise the country’s enormous potential for distinctive high quality wines which blend tradition with modernity”.

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