On the Greek Island of Zakynthos (Zante), I was intrigued to find that there are some serious wine makers, who are producing excellent quality wines. At the Oenolpi winery, I met Timotheos and Christina-Maria, a young couple who have started a boutique winery, mixing local grapes with mainstream varieties to produce extremely drinkable and fresh wines.

Timotheos told me how his family had bought the estate in the 1960s when the wealthy families on Zakynthos were hit by the shortage of labour after the terrible earthquake of 1953, when so many Zakynthian families migrated abroad in search of a better life.

As well as the existing local grape varieties and mainstream varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, the estate also includes olive trees and Korinthian grapes for raisins. In order to build up the family business, Timotheos studied winemaking in Athens where he met Christina-Maria, who was also studying Oenology. They have build a spelendid new winery at Macherado in the centre of the island, with a reception area for wine tastings and also have a shop in Zante town. Although much of their production goes to the carafes of wine that you’ll be served in the Greek restaurants, they are also focusing on making some top quality wines in the modern style, designed to be drunk young.

Continue reading on heatheronhertravels

Comments by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

About this author

  • heather on her travels

    Heather's blog is about travelling around the world and in her imagination. Sometimes she wanders around hers home town of Bris…

Also by this author

  • Seafood and beer at Cervejaria Trinidade in Lisbon

    This is a story about a fast food meal, with no golden arches in sight at the Cervejaria Trinidade in Lisbon. We were taking a last Sunday morning wander around the streets of Lisbon, climbing the hill up to the Chiado district where we had spent the even

  • Window shopping for coral in Sardinia

    When on holiday I spend idle hours window shopping which I could never afford at home. I admire the handicrafts in shops designed to tempt the relaxed holiday-maker into parting with their money. Here on the coast of Sardinia there are many jewellery shop

  • Anyone for roast guinea pig? - in Peru

    Depending on your point of view you may find the Peruvian delicacy of roast guinea pig as a horrid way of treating our squeaking furry friends or just another local speciality to try. My friend Joanne decided to keep an open mind and give it a try on her

  • We were silhouetted! at Rovinj in Istria, Croatia

    We’d just climbed up through the narrow cobbled streets of Rovinj, to the cathedral square with a great view of the sea at the top of the hill. As we rested on the wall among the other tourists, the silhouette man appeared from no-where. With his sharp li

Latest travel blog posts