Our focus on Greek vinifera includes xinomavro, malagouzia and assyrtiko specifically selected for our microclimates.
We are maximizing the expression of our wines by practicing biodynamic viticulture in our most privileged vineyard sites. Hand harvest, traditional winemaking techniques, and maturation in French oak barriques are only a few of the factors that make our products special. In our estate, quality is not an act, it is a habit.
We love to see people happy and the wine is an artistic way to do it!
– OUR TEAM –
As Virginia Woolf stated, “Language is wine upon the lips”. That indisputable truth helped me to realize that a bottle of wine brings to light the hidden secrets of my soul.
Since 1997, working on my own wine, I have met my creativity which is born from the love of things that we do. Our versatility and own taste can add a personal note in the wine. Grapes represent a continuous challenge because they have a wonderful, and, at the same time, very demanding characteristic – each year their character is different, which offers us a new experience and also puts us to the test. The character of the wine is shaped in the vineyard – noble wine can only be made from quality berries. However, the right choice of winemaking certainly guarantees that the ‘birth’ of a new wine will be a day to celebrate.
George S. Argyrakis
Founder – Oenologist
But first… wine
Our vineyards are located on the Mount Vermion, at altitudes between 550m and 600m. Located on the sun-flooded southeast-facing slopes of the mountain, our carefully designed vineyards represent the essence of the region and embody it in the form of wine.
The marriage of noble grape varieties and a limestone clay terrain provides nuances of aroma and flavours. Naoussa’s climate is continental: sufficient rainduring the winter helps to reconstitute the stocks of water in the ground while the lack of rain during the summer ensures the dry conditionsthat are favorable to the vines. The high diurnal range during the grape ripening period, especially in the summer when days are hot and nights are cool, enriches our wines and gives them a unique complexity.
The vines are linear, developed at double lanyard and allow for short pruning. Driven by our passion to explore every unexplored terrain of wine-making, we converted a stretch of our land to an experimental biodynamic vineyard which is among the very few in the country.
Archaic Greek horse statue
As horses were linked with both gods and heroes, religious people commonly presented horse votives to the gods as offerings.
The story begins at Smyrna, where our famous estate combined the family passions for horses and winemaking.
Every bottle that has the label “Argyrakis” is unique… because to us quality is not an act, it is certainly a habit.
In 1997 our great adventure began. It was the year George Argyrakis decided to create his own masterpiece.