The Lafazanis Winery cultivates 10 hectares of privately-owned vineyards surrounding our Nemea facilities. The vineyards are perched on the slopes of Fokas Hill (alt: 240-500 m) and are mainly planted with Agiorgitiko, Cabernet Sauvignon, Assyrtiko Gewürztraminer, Tannat, and Syrah. Winemaker Spyros Lafazanis’ planting and viticultural pursuits proved the best school and life experience for him. The vineyard was designed so as to produce small yields that favor quality wine. The vineyard in Archaies Kleones (ancient Cleonae) belongs to a semi-mountainous, winegrowing and winemaking region with a diversity of microclimates, maximum absorption of sunshine, and a sloping terrain with excellent drainage.
The Lafazanis Winery meets 90% of its winemaking needs through contracted winegrowers, selected for their professionalism and passion for the art of viticulture, assets that enable them to produce healthy, quality grapes year after year. The vineyards we chose to collaborate with were carefully selected throughout Nemea and the prefectures of Corinthia and Arcadia. We work with a total of 300 winegrowers who cultivate an overall cooperating area of 2,000 ha. Our company monitors cultivation practices in the cooperating vineyards, keeps in close contact with the corresponding winegrowers, advises them and seeks their consultation, especially when it comes to winegrowing techniques and practices. We also monitor the ripening process via continuous sampling and decide on the day the harvest will take place, all the while implementing quality control over all viticultural stages.
Each wine must be treated like a small work of art that is different and special every time. Think of a wine as a painting: our varietals are the assortment of brushes used by the artist and our wines’ components are the colors on the artist’s palette, the ones that yield the ultimate result, as perceived by your senses and personal taste preferences.
Agiorgitiko is a red variety with lots of prestige whose berries epitomize all those elements that make it as powerfully versatile as Italian Chianti. It can assert itself on its own as a PDO Nemea or impose its traits on a wide range of other wines. It is a rich red in color. Aromatically, it expresses an exuberant aromatic character with emphatic notes of cherry aromas and spices. Elegant and balanced, it stands out for its velvety smooth flavor on the palate and for its soft tannins.
It hails from Aitoloakarnania, disappeared for a while, and recently made a comeback with great gusto to yield fresh, full-bodied, white wines redolent with the aromas of peaches and honey. On the palate, Malagouzia feels rich, well structured, and balanced.
Roditis has its origin in Patra and, since its birthplace is the carnival capital of Greece, it stands to reason that it would wear the costume of a red grape variety which yet yields the finest of white wines. Despite the fact that it is cultivated anywhere you go in Greece, it brings out its best when it is given hilly, calcareous soils where it matures to perfection so as to give us fresh wines of lemony aromas and vivacious acidity.
It belongs to a large grape family and goes under a number of different names. Moschato adds to wines aromas of citrus fruit and characteristic notes of roses. It is usually added to sweet as well as to dry white wines and to sparkling ones. More rarely, you’ll find it blended in red wines.
Among the most popular varietals of the Greek winemaking scene, Moschofilero is yet another red grape variety that yields white wines with fruity flavors and a nose dominated by delicate, muscat aromas. It is cultivated in central Peloponnese and in the PDO Mantinia region in particular.
The protagonist varietal of Attica! Connected with Retsina, and thus became famous. If grown and vinified correctly it has a great aging potential. Meanwhile acknowledged at international competitions.
Assyrtiko is an island variety and although Santorini is its main hub of cultivation, you’ll also find it in the vineyards of other locations around Greece. It retains its acidity even at an advanced stage of its maturation. It yields dry as well as sweet wines bursting with aromas of citrus flowers and fruits such as pears and apples.
It does have a difficult name but its characteristic aroma makes Gewürztraminer well worth it! Its grapes ripen at higher elevations and low temperatures. It has great aging potential and brims with aromas of fragrantly exotic fruits and flowers.
Tannat is a special variety that needs higher elevations in order to mature. It yields wines of a deep, ruby red color and tannins eligible for long aging. Its aromas in the glass are evocative of black fruit and pepper. It stands out for its lingering finish.
This French variety is in cultivation throughout Greece and has become the star in many wines. Syrah won us over by virtue of its dark color, strong body, and bold character. Its aromas are usually peppery and piquant.