The vineyards of one of the most historic estates in Greece, Domaine Porto Carras, stretch amphitheatrically over 475 hectares along the western side of Sithonia, Halkidiki.
The exemplary design of the vineyard was created in the late 1960s by recognised scientific experts so that the plants would adapt to the local environment and produce top-quality wines. It was here that the father of modern wine-making, University of Bordeaux Professor Emile Peynaud, set in motion the historic course of one of the first Greek Cabernet Sauvignons, which was ideally suited to the limestone shale soils of the estate and led to great international success, earning awards and distinctions.
The hilly lands of the area are the perfect ecological conditions to grow 27 select varieties. White wines are produced from Assyrtiko, Athiri, Malagousia, Sauvignon Blanc and Roditis. The predominant red varieties include the famous Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.
The wines bear the PDO Slopes of Meliton identification and are vinified with expertise and care by experienced oenologists in the Domaine╬äs facilities.
Nowadays, the Slopes of Meliton vineyard is a model of organic grape-growing, following modern international trends that respect humankind and the environment. Since 2000, a programme of replanting has been implemented and a major modernisation and reorganisation of the winery was recently completed.
Just a few metres from the winery, a renovated multi-purpose facility can host any supplementary activities that visitors may require for an integrated tour.
An indication of the increased quality that has been achieved in recent years through systematic efforts at Domaine Porto Carras are the more than 70 awards given to the Domaine╬äs wines at internationally recognised competitions.