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Gaia’s main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties in the wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Gaia-LogoGAIA Wines was founded in 1994 by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (Agriculturalist and PhD in Enology from the University of Bordeaux II) and Leon Karatsalos (Agriculturalist).

We own two modern wineries that are located in two of the most interesting and promising P.D.O. areas of Greece, Nemea in Peloponnese and Santorini. Gaia’s main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties in the wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Our company first emerged in the market in 1994 with the introduction of «THALASSITIS», a Santorini P.D.O. dry white wine that quickly rose to the top in the category of Greece’s finest new wines.

In 1995, «NOTIOS White» appeared, celebrating a happy marriage between Moschofilero and Roditis, and gained respect by wine lovers for the exceptional quality and reasonable pricing that defines it.

In 1996, GAIA Wines welcomed economist Christina Legaki as a third share-holder and grew bigger. At the same time we bought a 7 hectare private vineyard in Koutsi commune of Nemea, and within that we built a fully equipped winery with a capacity of 3.000hl.

During that period, three new wines «NOTIOS Red», «AGIORGITIKO 14-18h» rosé and the «RITINITIS Nobilis» retsina were produced for the first time, thus completing the company’s first goal to determine a strong presence in the Greek wine industry.

In 1999, «THALASSITIS Oak Fermented», a Santorini wine produced in a very small quantity, and our most prestigious wine, «GAIA ESTATE vintage 1997», were born. It would be true to say GAIA ESTATE was the wine that changed the perception of the Nemea wines and brought a more sophisticated dimension to Agiorgitiko grape, that of deeply aged wines. In the same year, we also decided to produce a unique and rare vinegar from Assyrtiko grape, aged for 5 years, that had been released in 2004.

The following year we introduced the missing link in our Agiorgitiko chain by producing «AGIORGITIKO by GAIA». This wine is the bridge between two wines that are polar opposites, NOTIOS Red, a young fruity red and GAIA ESTATE, a wine with great potential of ageing. AGIORGITIKO by GAIA could be described as the exemplar of a classic Nemea.

In the same year, in 2000, an old, long-forgotten Nemean recipe for a sweet dessert wine produced from Agiorgitiko grapes dried in the autumn sun, returned to the forefront. The first bottles of «ANATOLIKOS» from our 2000 crop were introduced in 2006, after five years of ageing.

GAIA-winemakers

More recently, wanting to complete our «adventure» with the Agiorgitiko grape, we decided to combine it with a foreign variety. The charismatic Syrah, which is cultivated in Koutsi, participates at around 30% in this rich and mature blend. This wine was named «GAIA S» and we like to believe it augurs the dawn of a new era in Nemea winemaking.

Lately, in 2008 an unconventional wine sprang to life in our Santorini winery. «ASYRTIKO by GAIA Wild Ferment» is produced exclusively from a carefully gathered Assyrtiko, which ferments in small tanks and barrels processed by the reaction of indigenous yeast strains existing in the vineyard where the grapes were picked. Every new crop of this very special wine is characterized by the ecological structure of the yeasts that take the overpowering role.

Today, the 9,800 bottle production figure of 1994 is quite significantly surpassed by some 350,000 bottles, which we produce with the highest degree of quality in mind, in honour of those who show their trust in us.

The Wines

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Assyrtiko by Gaia Wild Ferment 2016

Dry White Wine
PDO Santorini

A different approach to Assyrtiko and Santorini, that manages to combine a complex winemaking methodology with the “elements of nature”. The result is an unmistakeably typical Santorini, with evident mineral and volcanic notes supporting the citrusy grape character, and perfectly crisp acidity. A perfect wine to enjoy paired with a variety of fish and seafood dishes, including baked mussels, clam chowder and grilled calamari.
(Ted Lelekas, June 2017)

GRAPE/BLEND:
100% Assyrtiko

ALC: 13% abv

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Agiorgitiko by Gaia 2015

Dry Red Wine
PDO Nemea

This is yet another example of the broad range of wines that can be made with the Agiorgitiko grape, by the very capable team at Gaia Wines. This is a highly versatile red wine that oozes sweet aromas of red fruits and spices in the nose, while the palate is balanced and well-structured.  It’s the type of red that can be enjoyed by the glass or paired with various meat-based dishes such as pasta Bolognese and beef ragu, as well as mature cheese.
(Ted Lelekas, June 2017)

GRAPE/BLEND:
100% Agiorgitiko

ALC: 13.5% abv

White Wines

THALASSITIS OAK FERMENTED
SANTORINI
PDO SANTORINI
GRAPE/BLEND: ASSYRTIKO
ALC: 13,0% abv

THALASSITIS
SANTORINI
PDO SANTORINI
GRAPE/BLEND: ASSYRTIKO
ALC: 13,0% abv

ASSYRTIKO BY GAIA Wild Ferment
SANTORINI
PDO SANTORINI
GRAPE/BLEND: ASSYRTIKO
ALC: 13,0% abv

NOTIOS WHITE
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: MOSCHOFILERO 50%, RODITIS 50%
ALC: 12,5% abv

RITINITIS NOBILIS
NEMEA
RETSINA APPELLATION BY TRADITION
GRAPE/BLEND: RODITIS
ALC: 12,0% abv

MONOGRAPH MOSCHOFILERO
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: MOSCHOFILERO
ALC: 12,0% abv

MONOGRAPH ASSYRTIKO
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: ASSYRTIKO
ALC: 12,5% abv

MONOGRAPH MULTI
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: RODITIS 50%, MOSCHOFILERO 50%
ALC: 12,5% abv

Red Wines

GAIA ESTATE
NEMEA
PDO NEMEA
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 14.5% abv

AGIORGITIKO BY GAIA
NEMEA
PDO NEMEA
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 13.5% abv

NOTIOS RED
NEMEA
PDO NEMEA
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO 85% & SYRAH 15%
ALC: 13.5% abv

GAIA S
NEMEA
PDO NEMEA
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO 70% & SYRAH 30%
ALC: 14.5% abv

MONOGRAPH AGIORGITIKO
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 13.0% abv

MONOGRAPH AGIORGITIKO-SYRAH
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO 85%, SYRAH 15%
ALC: 13.5% abv

Rosé Wines

14-18h AGIORGITIKO
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 13.5% abv

4-6h AGIORGITIKO
NEMEA
PGI PELOPONNISOS
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 13,0% abv

Sweet Wines

VINSANTO BY GAIA
SANTORINI
PDO SANTORINI
GRAPE/BLEND: ASSYRTIKO
ALC: 13,5% abv

ANATOLIKOS
NEMEA
PDO NEMEA
GRAPE/BLEND: AGIORGITIKO
ALC: 13.5% abv

Ratings & Awards

Robert Parker

  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2015 | 91
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2014 | 90
  • Gaia estate | 2013 | 93+
  • Gaia estate | 2012 | 92
  • Gaia estate | 2007 | 91
  • Gaia estate | 2006 | 89
  • Gaia estate | 2005 | 90
  • THALASSITIS | 2015 | 94
  • THALASSITIS | 2014 | 91
  • THALASSITIS | 2013 | 92
  • THALASSITIS | 2012 | 92
  • THALASSITIS | 2011 | 93
    THALASSITIS | 2010 | 91
  • THALASSITIS | 2008 | 90
  • THALASSITIS | 2007 | 90

Wine Spectator

  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2013 | 90
  • Gaia estate | 2010 | 92

Wine & Spirits Magazine

  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2015 | 91
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2014 | 94
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2013 | 90
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2011 | 93
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2009 | 93
  • Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment | 2008 | 94
  • Gaia estate | 2008 | 92
  • Gaia estate | 2007 | 91
  • Gaia estate | 2006 | 90
  • THALASSITIS | 2014 | 92
  • THALASSITIS | 2011 | 90
  • THALASSITIS | 2009 | 92

THALASSITIS

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
THALASSITIS Decanter Gold 2013
THALASSITIS Decanter Gold 2012
THALASSITIS Decanter Gold 2011

Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment Decanter Gold 2014
Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment Decanter Gold 2013
Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment Decanter Gold 2012
Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment Decanter Gold 2010
Assyrtiko by GAIA – Wild Ferment Decanter Gold 2008

Gaia estate

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Gaia estate TEXSOM Gold 2013
Gaia estate Decanter Gold 2012
Gaia estate Decanter Gold 2007
Gaia estate Decanter Gold 2006
Gaia estate Decanter Gold 2001

Winery Map

NEMEA WINERY

Our winery was built in 1997 at the heart of our private vineyard of 7ha in Koutsi village of Nemea P.D.O. zone, at an altitude of 550m. First we chose the vineyard and then the location of our winery.

Koutsi is a semi-mountainous village surrounded by vineyards known for their chalky soils and good drainage. The cool temperatures, the ideal sun exposure and the steep inclination of the vineyards give lower yields than other parts of Nemea. Therefore, we strongly believe that Agiorgitiko grapes cultivated in Koutsi have higher quality than the rest zone of Nemea and are ideal for producing high-extract and oak-aged wines.

Our winery in Koutsi is a contemporary industrial building with magnificent views of the plains of Nemea and the valley of Asopos River, around 250m below. The state-of-the-art facilities can hold up to 3,060 hl of wine. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and his expert team manage every step of the winemaking process with the sole intention of producing only top quality wines. The winery strictly functions in accordance with international standards of the  ISO 22.000 quality guarantee.

Amenities

  • Open for visitors, by appointment only
  • English-speaking staff
  • Winery tour
  • Vineyard tour
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Wine tasting available
  • Car parking on site
  • Bus parking on site

SANTORINI WINERY

Our winery is situated on a beach, on the east side of the island, between Kamari and Monolithos settlements. This industrial stone building used to be a tomato factory, built in the beginning of the 1900s. Here, local cherry tomatoes were made into an aromatic tomato puree until the 1970s when the factory was closed along with the other thirteen tomato factories of the island…all victims of a more competitive economy.

With great joy we have renovated this rare, charming building, giving it new life as a winery. For GAIA, it has been an honour to preserve a piece of our heritage through reclamation of this architectural example of industrialization.

Today, the high-tech equipment and the cutting edge facilities of our winery guarantee contemporary winemaking and ideal conditions for high quality production. THALASSITIS, THALASSITIS OAK FERMENTED and ASSYRTIKO by GAIA – Wild Ferment are the products of this unique winery….ex-tomato factory.

At the same time, in a discrete out-of-the-way vault, we have set up a small oxidization area where we are delighted to produce our rare, sweet, aromatic Assyrtiko vinegar. Small quantities (around 1,500 litres) are bottled annually after five years of ageing in oak barrels in our special cellars.

Amenities

  • Open for visitors, no appointment required
  • Open for visitors, by appointment only
  • English-speaking staff
  • Winery tour
  • Vineyard tour
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Wine tasting available
  • Car parking on site
  • Bus parking on site

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Gaia Wines

GAIA WINES
22, THEMISTOKLEOUS STR.
151 22 MAROUSSI
GREECE
Tel. 210 8055642-3
Fax. 210 8055542

Website: www.gaia-wines.gr

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