In 1996, Tsililis family has created an icon vineyard.
The purpose was to revive the vineyard of Meteora that had lost its glory and eminence after phylloxera in the early 20th century.
Today, the vineyard of Theopetra Estate covers 15 hectares situated in the east of Meteora, on hilly slopes around the prehistoric cave of Theopetra.
The rationale behind the creation of this vineyard is the highlighting of the particularities of the region, the revival of rare Greek grape varieties and
the production of wines that respect the natural environment and the consumer.
The combination of a particular composition of the soil, which allows low yields, and continental climate creates wines with intense flavors, balanced acidity and high concentration.
The vineyards of the estate span hillside (10% -30% inclination) with an east/west row orientation at an altitude of 280-350m.
The soil composition varies due to the rare formation of Meteora Rocks.
The main characteristic is the presence of slate which makes the plots "shallow" and it provides excellent drainage.
In areas where there is a high presence of limestone, composed of marine fossils, white varieties are cultivated. The resulting wine is characterized by high acidity and minerality.
In vineyards with clay-sand composition, locally with high presence of iron, red grape varieties are grown that produce wines with complex aromas, rich ripe tannins and balanced acidity.
The mesoclimate of the region is continental, with rainy cold winters and sunny, hot and dry summers. The high diurnal temperature range during spring and summer allows intense and complex flavors to develop and slow maturation retaining high levels of acidity.
Frequent northerly winds from the Pindos Mountain cool the vines and prevent the development of diseases.
The above characteristics consist ideal conditions for organic vine cultivation. All vineyards of Theopetra Estate are grown using organic practices, certified
by DIO (Organization of Control & Certification for Products of Organic Cultivation).
The yields of vines are very low: 6000-7000kg/ha for white varieties and 4000-5000kg/ha for red varieties in single cordon pruning system and practicing strict green harvest. The resulting wines are of high concentration, intense aromas and refreshing acidity.
The selection of grape varieties was based on the terroir of the region of Theopetra in Kalambaka, combining Greek and international qualitative varieties. Especially recently, there has been a considerable effort in the revival and promotion of rare Greek varieties that were drifted into oblivion but still consisting a valuable local and national heritage.
Malagouzia, Assyrtiko, Chardonnay, Vermentino
Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Limniona, Xinomavro, Vlachiko
Protected Geographical Indication METEORA Wine
The people of Theopetra Estate, having a vision of highlighting the regional wine culture, contributed decisively to the recognition of the term "Protected Geographical Indication Meteora" featuring a particular category of wines.
The wines belonging to this category are made from grapes of strictly defined varieties grown in selected low-yield vineyards and vinified under specific conditions.
The result is high quality wines with a character representative of the terroir of the region of Meteora.