Muses Estate is a Greek winery that aims to respect its winemaking traditions and produce wines representative of the Valley of the Muses, while constantly striving to improve the winery equipment, processes and infrastructure modernize to keep up with the continuous advancement in winemaking. read more>
ABOUT MUSES ESTATE
In the northwest of Athens, in the Viotia region, lies the Valley of the Muses, formed on the slopes of Mount Helicon by the short course of the Permissos River on its way to the sea. In ancient times, the idyllic landscape of the valley was home to the 9 Muses, daughters of Zeus and Hesiod, one of the greatest poets of ancient Greece, who was born and wrote his works in ancient Askra, a city that is "rich in grapes" as it was called then, the modern Askri. Here are the vineyards of the Muses Estate.
His deep love for wine and the millennia-old winemaking tradition in his homeland led Nikolaos Zaharias to found a small wine factory in 1946 and to fulfill his lifelong dream. At that time there were 7 wine-growing businesses in operation in a village with around 1,500 inhabitants.
In 1967 his son Athanasios Zaharias joined the family business and gave it new impetus through the implementation of dynamic and future-oriented ideas. With his contribution, the small artisanal Greek winery was gradually transformed into a modern wine-growing unit. In 1987 the plant was expanded to include the first filling machine as part of a thorough renovation. In 2005, the year Muses Estate was founded, it was time for Nikos, Stelios and Panayiotis to take their place in the family business in the third generation to have. Their skill, scientific knowledge and youthful ideas, combined with family tradition and experience, helped Muses Estate take it a step further into the 21st century. The philosophy of Muses Estate is to produce wines that are perfectly Being in harmony with the ecosystem and maintaining the balance, complexity and love required to free the senses. The vision is to produce wines that are representative of both the Valley of the Muses and the family themselves.
In Greece, winemaking has a millennia-old history and wine is closely linked to local culture. As part of that story, the family and the Muses Estate combined have more than half a century of viticulture and winemaking experience. During all this time, they have been motivated by a love of wine and a belief in certain basic principles that have been passed on from generation to generation.
The goal of Muses Estate is to continuously improve the winery equipment and modernize its processes and infrastructure to keep up with the continuous advancement in winemaking.
Most varieties are grown in linear vineyards that are formed in the double cordon royat. The vines are grown in densely planted rows, a technique that leads to lower yields per vine and thus to higher quality grapes. After a strict selection in the vineyard, these grapes are carried to the winery in order to give our wines the best possible starting point.
All of the vineyards are located in the Valley of the Muses, an ideal area for growing grapes. The climate is characterized by mild, wet winters and dry summers with long periods of sunshine. The vineyards are located at an altitude of between 450 and 520 meters and have a slope of between 5 and 10%.The vines are planted in rows with a north-south orientation, which allows for good sun exposure and helps the grapes achieve optimal phenolic ripeness and sugar concentration. At the same time, currents of cold air from Mount Helicon cool the vines and help the grapes ripen and slowly to preserve their acidity. The soil is fertile, with a mixed composition of sandy loam to clay loam.
The winery's most popular grape variety, Mouhtaro, is one of the rarest Greek red grape varieties found exclusively in the Valley of the Muses and holds a special place in the history of the Muses Estate. This variety still exists thanks to the efforts of Nicolaos and Athanasios Zaharias, who insisted on cultivating Mouhtaro vines when all other breeders replaced them with higher-yielding varieties. Because Mouhtaro delivers low yields, a trait that was considered negative at the time, but is now considered one of the quality factors of a grape.
Muses Estate has great confidence in the potential of the Mouhtaro and the other indigenous grape varieties. Your focus will always be on these varieties because they believe that only they can reflect the climate and soil of the Greek vineyards and the passion of the people.