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Amuse a muse…
Always a challenge!

ktima-mousonAt the north-west of Athens, in the region of Boeotia, lies the Valley of the Muses, formed on the slopes of Mount Helicon by the short course of the river Permissos on its way to the sea.

In ancient times, the idyllic scenery of the valley was home of the 9 Muses, daughters of Zeus, and of Hesiod, one of the greatest poets of ancient Greece, who was born and wrote his works in ancient Askra, a city “rich in grapes” as it was called at that time, the modern Askri. This is the place where the vineyards of the Muses Estate lie.

The sheltered environment of the valley attracted and supported large populations since the very early times. The waters of the river, the numerous water springs found along both sides of its banks and the fertile soils of the valley have always provided abundance to its people, who, having secured a comfortable life, they were able to create a great civilization. During this time, of all the crops that this land raised, the most important has always been the grape, the fruit of the vine. In the beginning, in the valley lived the Pelasgians, the first inhabitants of ancient Greece.

musesAfter some point they have been replaced by the Thracians, who came from the north and brought with them the cult of the Muses from the area of Mount Olympus. According to Plato, music was born together with the Muses. Their sanctuary was located on the eastern slope of Mount Helicon, near Askra.

It was there that, around 700 BC the nine muses appeared before a young shepherd to offer him the inspiration that would make him one of the greatest poets of ancient times. This was Hesiod, founder of the Greek mythology, and a rich source of knowledge in subjects such as agriculture, astronomy and economy –he is considered by many as the first economist of Europe. In his poems, vivlinos wine is attested for the first time.

It was a wine made from a variety called vivlini, grown in the area of Askra. Ever since then, vine is the main crop in the area and wine a basic component of the local culture. On the slopes of Mount Helicon, grapevines find the perfect soil to grow, while the cold currents of air coming down from the mountain create the right mesoclimate for the production of wines with character and typicity.

Our vineyards lie on the slopes of the Valley of the Muses, at the foot of Mount Helicon, and are part of the greater vineyard of Boeotia. Here, winemaking has a millennia-old history and wine is intimately connected with the local culture. Being part of this history, our family and Muses Estate count in total more than half a century of experience in vine growing and winemaking. During all this time, we have been motivated by our love for wine and our belief in certain basic principles, transferred from one generation to another.

Wines with character. The climate and the soil of the Valley of the Muses form a unique environment for vine growing. In Muses Estate, through our work in the vineyard and in the winery, we want to offer to the consumer a taste of this idyllic place. In other words, our aim is to close, in every bottle of our wines, the sun that ripens our grapes and the refreshing wind that helps them retain their acidity. To make what the French call terroir wines, and what we call wines with character and typicity.

Focus on Greek varieties. In order to achieve this, we have focused on grape varieties that have been adapted throughout the course of the centuries in the climate of our country and more specifically in the climate of the Valley of the Muses. Beside the international quality varietals, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, we grow the high-profile Assyrtiko, the aromatic Malagousia, the underrated Savatiano and, of course, the rare Mouhtaro, which grows only in our valley and in the Muses Estate vineyards.

Quality in the vineyard and in the winery. Our wines are made from grapes grown according to the principles of integrated viticulture. They are carefully picked from the vineyards of the Muses Estate and from selected contracted vineyards of the area. The idea is that you can make a bad wine from good grapes but you can never make a good wine from bad grapes. Therefore, after a strict selection in the vineyard, we choose only the best grapes in order to make our wines with the use of the modern equipment of our winery and according to the ISO 22000 and HACCP quality standards.

In our effort for improvement our aim is to keep pace with the constant scientific and technological advances in vine growing and winemaking. At the same time, our desire is to express the history and be part of the winemaking tradition of the Valley of the Muses. In this way, balancing between tradition and modern winemaking, our activity, from the field until the bottle, is defined by a sense of artisanal care, which is expressed in all our wines.

Above all, what we wish to do in Muses Estate is to produce wines suitable for all tastes and perfect for every occasion. At the same time, we try to expand our distribution network in Greece and abroad, aiming at reaching as many friends of Greek branded wine as possible.

The Wines

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Mouchtaro 2015

Dry Red Wine
PGI Thiva

This wine is testament to the wealth and depth of Greece’s viticultural tradition. Mouchtaro, an almost-extinct grape variety that’s local to the Viotia region, was salvaged thanks to the Zacharias family, who own Muses Estate, to create wines unlike anything we’ve tasted before. Rich aromas of red fruits and sweet spices, against a firm yet velvety tannic structure make for a perfect companion for grilled pork and cannelloni or pasta Bolognese.
(Ted Lelekas, March 2017)

GRAPE/BLEND:
100% Mouchtaro

ALC: 13% abv

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A.Muse Rosé 2016

Dry Rosé Wine
PGI Sterea Ellada

A stunning rosé wine that has very quickly become a success in the Greek market for a multitude of reasons. Among them, its minimal yet eye-catching look & feel, its unusual blend, and its ultra-elegant smell and taste profile. This delightful rosé is discretely flowery in the nose, while on the palate it’s crisp and refreshing. It’s ideal to enjoy on its own, as an aperitif, but will match beautifully with salads, seafood cocktails and finger food.
(Ted Lelekas, March 2017)

GRAPE/BLEND:
Sauvignon Blanc, Mouchtaro

ALC: 13% abv

White Wines

Muses Estate 9 White
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 50% Assyrtiko, 30% Trebbiano, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
ALC: 12% abv

Muses Estate 9 Assyrtiko
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 100% Assyrtiko
ALC: 13% abv

Muses Estate 9 Savatiano
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 100% Savatiano
ALC: 12% abv

Chrisolithos white
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Malagousia
ALC: 13% abv

Clio the White Muse
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 50% Assyrtiko, 25% Roditis, 25% Savatiano
ALC: 12% abv

Red Wines

Muses Estate 9 Red
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Syrah
ALC: 13% abv

Chrisolithos red
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 100% Merlot
ALC: 13.5% abv

Mouhtaro
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 100% Mouhtaro
ALC: 13% abv

Lisgari
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Mouhtaro
ALC: 13% abv

Clio the Red Muse
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 60% Merlot, 40% Agiorgitiko
ALC: 13% abv

Muses Estate Cabernet
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ALC: 14% abv

Rosé Wines

Muses Estate 9 Rose
Muses Valley
GRAPE/BLEND: 80% Syrah, 20% Mouhtaro
ALC: 12.5% abv

Awards

Lisgari

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Lisgari 2009 International Wine Challenge Bronze 2012
Lisgari 2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2009
Lisgari 2007 International Wine Challenge Gold 2010
Lisgari 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2010
Lisgari 2007 International Wine Challenge Bronze 2010

Muses Estate 9 Red

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Muses Estate 9 Red 2010 International Wine Challenge Bronze 2012
Muses Estate 9 Red 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2012

Muses Estate 9 Rose

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Muses Estate 9 Rose 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition Silver 2010
Muses Estate 9 Rose 2009 Decanter Bronze 2011

Muses Estate 9 White

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Muses Estate 9 White 2009 Berliner Wein Trophy Gold 2010
Muses Estate 9 White 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2010
Muses Estate 9 White 2010 Berliner Wein Trophy Gold 2011
Muses Estate 9 White 2011 International wine guide Bronze 2011
Muses Estate 9 White 2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2011

Chrisolithos

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Chrisolithos 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition Bronze 2010

Mouhtaro

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
Mouhtaro 2005 2ο Διαγωνισμό από σταφύλια βιολογικής γεωργίας από την ΔΗΩ Silver
Mouhtaro 2007 3ο Διαγωνισμό από σταφύλια βιολογικής γεωργίας από την ΔΗΩ Gold
Mouhtaro International Wine Challenge Silver 2009
Mouhtaro 2009 Berliner Wein Trophy Gold 2010

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Muses Estate

Askri Voiotias
P.O. 32 002
T. +30 22620 67290
T. +30 2109601280
E. info@musesestate.com

Website: www.musesestate.com

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