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From a Burgundian-trained Greek producer who pioneered this indigenous grape's resurgence. Crisp, with fig, citrus, and spice box and rose aromas that shine with food. Totally unique: only 5% of Greek wine production.
Yiannis Tselepos studied Oenology at the University of Dijon in France. For 2 years he remained in Burgundy and worked at several wineries in the region. In 1981 he moved to Arcadia in the Peloponnese where he has since been involved in every harvest, in the beginning as an oenologist and eventually with his own winery.
Tselepos has been one of the pioneers who helped establish and bring to prominence the Moschofilero grape and its name is closely associated with the so-called Greek Wine Renaissance.
Together with his wife Amalia, Yiannis Tselepos established Domaine Tselepos in 1989. They chose the perfect location just outside the village of Rizes on the hillside of Mount Parnon, very close to Ancient Tegea. This unique ecosystem is at an altitude of 750m with very cold winters and cool summers which together with the local clay and rocky soils were chosen for their ability to produce top quality wines. The 30 hectares lined vineyard is setup with the optimal orientation and planting density to assure the maximum of sunshine and appropriate air circulation.
The first reference to the wine tradition of the Peloponnese came from Homer who called it Ampeloessa, meaning "full of vines." Neither wars nor phylloxera were able to stop the production of wine here in one of the most historic wine regions of Greece. Spread throughout hillsides, plains and plateaus, the vineyards of the Peloponnese are known for their diversity and complexity.
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