4/25 Greek Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou, Domaine Nerantzi
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn about #wine from #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine fr Greek Winery Domaine Nerantzi!
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine to say hello & so she knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat
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KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine our Qs, you can ask your Qs as well! She'll do her best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: W so many participants lots of gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @NerantziDomaine 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let's start talking #wine with #Greek #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou tweeting on @NerantziDomaine ! #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: Thank you for your invitation to be on #SommChat today and the opportunity to present our winery and #greek #wine in general
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @NerantziDomaine Evi, When did you first become interested in learning about #wine? #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: Grew up in a family that had an agriculture background in #greece and wine became part of my personality. My parents started making #wine as a hobby and then professionally - I am 2nd generation #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how many #wines do you make in #greece and how long have you been a #winemaker @NerantziDomaine ?
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We create 10 #wines - 5 white and 5 red in total and production is about 50-60K bottles per year. We work with @DNSWines for distribution in #US. 6 of the wines come to the US as of now #sommchat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We are organic farming and have 10 h/a so you can see that our production is small compared to our vineyard size. We are focused on quality rather than quantity to produce fruit that is beautifully intense resulting in the #Wines #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @NerantziDomaine we heard you literally discovered 2 grape varieties that weren’t registered and don’t match DNA with anything else - can you share about this #sommchat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: At some pt my father realized that there were 2 grapes that were not well known in #Greece and he couldn't identify them so he referred them to the University - they did not know what the grapes were either... #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: My father happened to have planted some grapes in our front yard of our house and he called that the vineyard of democracy BC he wanted to see what would work He discovered some grapes as he was exploring... #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We did DNA tests 2 make sure grapes were not called something else N another place N world & we were told they were different than grapes anywhere else - only found in #Greece and our winery was the only one to have them & are only producer today #SommChat
Arthur Hon @Somm_ArthurHon: #SommChat @NerantziDomaine Hello Evi! Greek wines have been enjoying continuously increasing interests in the US market in the recent years, what would you say are the next steps that you would like to see happen? @keepercoll
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We do not intend to increase the production BC if we do we will not be able to make the #wines ourselves... #SommChat
Arthur Hon @Somm_ArthurHon: #SommChat Is organic viticulture common in your region and/or Greece in general currently? If not, why is that? @NerantziDomaine @keepercoll
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: Arthur, we want to focus on our soils and how our land is working, our microclimate, and our #winemaking techniques to allow us to make the best #wines possible #sommchat
Arthur Hon @Somm_ArthurHon: ...#SommChat follow-up Q, how would you describe the uniqueness of the microclimate you’re working with. Are they drastically different then surrounding regions/areas
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: Our vineyards R on top of a hill about 160 meters high and we are surrounded by big mountains that have 2000 meters of altitude. most impt thing we have is we are 30 kilometers from Sea that give constant sea breeze during the day... #SommChat
Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @NerantziDomaine How do you define your approach in winemaking? What do you believe makes Narantzi wines distinctive? #SommChat @keepercoll
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We are not replacing my father's knowledge from his experience just supporting it with Science studies We want to bring out the character of our land making pure #wines. We let the vineyards create the #wines without 2 much intervention. #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: #winemaking approach is to blend the experience my father has had over the years with my personal knowledge that I learned in 4 yrs of studying #Chemistry and then another 2 yrs of winemaking school in #burgundy / #Dijon ...
Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @NerantziDomaine Could you tell us about your unique wine labels? #SommChat @keepercoll
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: When we produced our first #wine in 2007, we were asked for some samples and we had not made labels yet. My mother said 'I will write them as we do at home, so that they know which #wine is which one'. She is an artist by nature..... #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: The people loved the #wines and loved the labels, so my mother keeps writing by hand every label - she is getting tired sometimes so this may change in future #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @NerantziDomaine Viticulture in UR region (Macedonia) goes back to 5000 BC. we understand There are still pieces of pottery from that era scattered in the soil of UR #vineyards. can you tell us more #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We find pieces of pottery in our #vineyards that date back to the day that humans stopped moving around & stopped hunting for their food & they started creating the 1st cities ever, they started farming and storing #food for winter ... #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: They started creating polis which means cities & storing grains and #wines 2 have enough energy to get thru winter, so they did not have to move around.
The winery is very close to the village Pentapolis which meant the biggest city of 5 cities #sommchat
Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @NerantziDomaine What are some of your favorite #food #pairings to pair with Nerantzi wine? #SommChat @keepercoll
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: : Asprouda Serron is white #wine with lots of depth and full bodied also pairs well with meat which can be unusual but great. #SommChat Koniaros is a #wine with lots of tannin & more delicate body can be paired with meat that has no fat like quail & venison.
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @NerantziDomaine do you accept visitors to your #winery and how would one be able to arrange that? #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: We have visitors come from all over the world and happy to meet more people bc we love the way #wine brings people together. email or call us - go to website and come to see us #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk w/ #Greek #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou on @NerantziDomaine ! #SommChat
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: It was great to have #Greek #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!
KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking #Greek #Winemaker Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine for her time teaching us about #wine ! #SommChat
Evi Mitropoulou @NerantziDomaine: Thank you for having me on #SommChat and to all of you for your interests in our #Greek #wines. we invite you all to come and see us to meet in person in #Greece - let's drink #wine together