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Gavalas family has been engaged in the vinification of the varieties
grown in Santorini since the end of the 19th century.

gavalas-santorini-logoThe Gavalas Winery is a traditional family winery located in Megalochori, Santorini, with a tradition in winemaking for more than 300 hundred years. George Gavalas, who is the winemaker, is the 4th generation that continues this long history.

Up until the 1920 the production was mainly distributed throughout the island of Santorini as well as being exported to the city of Alexandria, Egypt. In 1930 the winery started to ship wine to Athens and Piraeus. For the first time in 1998 the Gavalas family bottled their own production at the winery in Megalochori. The beginning was with two labels: Santorini and Vinsanto, which are two of the most recognizable wines of the island, and at this time the winery produces 10 different labels using a lot of the native varietals of Santorini’s vineyard.

In 2004 the winery formed so to be accessible for wine tours and tastings. Nowadays it is available almost all year round ( April – December ), so people can visit it and have an extended tour at the winery, seeing and learning about the history of winemaking in Santorini through the years, as the tour is being held both at the old part of the winery ( old cellars and patitiria ) and the modern as well.  People that visit the winery in late August have the chance to take part in the traditional foot-stomping of the grapes for the wine Vinsanto.

Winery Philosophy

With the legacy and experience of 300 years, Gavalas family produces high quality wines with unique characteristics in international market, always with respect to indigenous varieties. There has been an effort from the winery for winemaking from rare, unknown varieties such as Katsano, Gaidouria and Voudomato. Santorini’s vineyard has more than 30 grape varieties that are under extinction as they are not used. We want to show another potential of the wines of Santorini.

Vineyard

Santorini has approximately 40 different indigenous varieties which grow at the 14.000 acres of the island’s vineyard. The most known are Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mavrotragano and Mantilaria. Santorini’s climate is characterized by a reduced rate of rainfall, strong winds and hot summer. Characteristic is also the big difference in temperature between day and night which increases the level of acidity.

The vineyards of the winery as well as the vineyards of the people that we cooperate with, are located at the south part of the island, mainly at Akrotiri and Megalochori.

The Wines

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Santorini 2015

Dry White Wine
PDO Santorini

An excellent, typical Santorini white, that can be recognized from a distance, thanks to its trademark blue bottle. It is made from selected grapes in Megalohori and it is a vibrant, perfectly balanced wine, that shows a characteristic lemony minerality on the nose, supported by ultra-crisp acidity on the palate. A top choice to accompany an elaborate fish and seafood meal, featuring dishes such as oysters, sea urchin and calamari.
(Ted Lelekas, December 2016)

GRAPE/BLEND:
100% Assyrtiko

ALC: 13% abv

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Katsano 2015

Dry White Wine
PGI Cyclades

You’d be forgiven if you claimed to have never heard of the grapes that are blended to make this fine white wine from Santorini. They represent the tiniest part of the island’s vineyards, still winemaker George Gavalas made it his personal crusade to create an excellent wine with them. Indeed, this is a wine with an elegant nose of flowers and herbs, and a friendly palate with thirst-quenching acidity. A great aperitif and an top pair with seafood risotto.
(Ted Lelekas, December 2016)

GRAPE/BLEND:
85% Katsano, 15% Gaidouria

ALC: 12.5% abv

White Wines

Assyrtiko Gavalas
PDO Santorini
GRAPE/BLEND: Assyrtiko 100%
ALC: 13.0% abv

Santorini Gavalas
PDO Santorini
GRAPE/BLEND: Assyrtiko 100%
ALC: 13.0% abv

Santorini Natural Ferment Gavalas
PDO Santorini
GRAPE/BLEND: Assyrtiko 100%
ALC: 13.0% abv

Nykteri Gavalas
PDO Santorini
GRAPE/BLEND: Assyrtiko 100%
ALC: 14.0% abv

Aidani Gavalas
PGI Cyclades
GRAPE/BLEND: Aidani 100%
ALC: 12.5% abv

Katsano Gavalas
PGI Cyclades
GRAPE/BLEND: Katsano 85%, Gaidouria 15%
ALC: 12.5% abv

Red Wines

Xenoloo Gavalas
PGI Cyclades
GRAPE/BLEND: Mavrotragano 50%, Voudomato 45%, Athiri 5%
ALC: 13.0% abv

Mavrotragano Gavalas
PGI Cyclades
GRAPE/BLEND: Mavrotragano 100%
ALC: 13.5% abv

Rosé Wines

Voudomato Gavalas
Origin: Santorini
PGI Cyclades
GRAPE/BLEND: Voudomato 100%
ALC: 12.5% abv

Naturally Sweet Wine from Sundried Grapes

Vinsanto Gavalas
PDO Santorini
GRAPE/BLEND: Assyrtiko 85%, Aidani, 10%, Athiri, 5%
ALC: 10.0% abv

Ratings & Awards

Robert Parker

  • Nykteri | 2014 | 92
  • Santorini | 2014 | 91
  • Katsano | 2014 | 90

Jancis Robinson

  • Katsano | 2015 | 16/20
  • Santorini | 2014 | 16.5/20
  • Vinsanto | 2008 | 17.5/20

Vinsanto

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Vinsanto 2009 19th Japan Wine Challenge Gold 2016
Vinsanto 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards Silver 2015
Vinsanto 2008 15th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver
Vinsanto 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards Silver 2014
Vinsanto 2005 12th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Gold
Vinsanto 2004 11th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Gold
Vinsanto 2003 Tasting Oinothiki 2009 Silver
Vinsanto 2002 8th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver

Nykteri

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Nykteri 2014 19th Japan Wine Challenge Bronze 2016
Nykteri 2014 Japan Sakura Award Silver
Nykteri 2007 8th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Gold

Katsano

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Katsano 2015 TexSom International Wine Awards Silver 2016
Katsano 2010 11th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver
Katsano 2009 10th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver

Santorini Natural Ferment

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Santorini Natural Ferment 2014 PAR Wine Award Greece Gold 2015

Santorini

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Santorini 2015 19th Japan Wine Challenge Bronze 2016
Santorini 2015 Japan Sakura Award Silver
Santorini 2014 PAR Wine Award Greece Silver 2015
Santorini 2012 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition Gold
Santorini 2012 Sommelier Challenge, International Wine Competition Gold
Santorini 2012 San Diego International Wine Competition Silver 2014
Santorini 2012 Grand Harvest Awards Gold 2013
Santorini 2011 International Wine Channel TV Awards Bronze 2013
Santorini 2011 International Women’s Wine Competition Silver 2013
Santorini 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition Silver
Santorini 2011 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Bronze
Santorini 2011 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Silver
Santorini 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition Bronze 2012
Santorini 2009 10th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver
Santorini 2007 8th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition Silver

Aidani

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Aidani 2015 PAR Wine Award Greece Silver 2016

Voudomato

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Voudomato 2015 PAR Wine Award Greece Gold 2016

Distributors

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HEAD OFFICE: 1808-5 GODAI, NAKA-SHI, IBARAKI 311-0111
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23rd National Road Athens-Lamia, 14565 Agios Stefanos Attica
North Greece branch : 47A-B Steliou Kazantzidi str 57001 Pylaia, Thessaloniki
tel: 214 6876200
fax: 2146876210
info@karoulias.gr

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