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Flying Olive Farms and Monemvasia Winery provided Kidonitsa Wine and 300 Red wine.  We had great feedback and numerous calls, thought we would provide more info on these world class Greek WInes. Distribution and retail please contact pskea@flyingolivefarms.com


Kidonitsa White- Kidonitsa is the most acknowledged member of an almost extinct and out-of-the-ordinary group of grape varieties emerging in the last decade out of the region of Lakonia, located in the south-east of the Peloponnese. It is a white grape variety, mainly producing white dry wines, but it also plays a part in the blend of the brand new sweet white wine, PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia. Kidonitsa is just a glimpse of the great potential of that area.

Vine growers of Laconia have been aware of the potential quality of Kidonitsa for several decades. However, the area has many mixed plantings, so obtaining pure Kidonitsa was difficult. That was the situation until about ten years ago when some serious producers decided to make substantial new plantations. It is a variety that produces wine with medium lemony, green color, intense aromas, dominated by notes of ripe quince—called Kidoni in Greek (Kidoni-Kidonitsa). On the palate it is round, soft, and textured. Very few single varietal bottlings are available, with those that are coming out of Laconia. Nevertheless, it will be hardly surprising if winemakers from other regions invest on the prospect of Kidonitsa’s quality.

Kidonitsa exhibits a very singular provenance—the carrier of a rare bloodline—while, at the same time, its aromas and style can instantly charm lovers of aromatic, round white wines. It is very versatile and can be matched with poultry, salads, and white salty cheeses. It is a wine to be consumed within three years from vintage, but the more adventurous connoisseurs could keep a few bottles until the wine is five years old.


Decanter world wine Awards 2008_England – Kidonitsa 2008 – Commended medal

The Balkans International Wine Competition 2012 – Kidonitsa 2011 – SILVER medal

Berliner Wine Trophy 2012_“Summer – Trophy“ The international competition in the capitol city Berlin -Kidonitsa 2011 – GOLD medal
Balkans International Wine Competition 2013 – Kidonitsa 2012 – SILVER medal


Decander World Wine Awards 2014 SILVER medal

Berliner Wine Trophy 2014 – Kidonitsa 2013 – GOLD medal

Derek Smedley MW August 2014 – Kidonitsa 2013 – 89/100 points


100% BLIND TASTING 2015 (A.Larsson & M.Del Monego MW) – Kidonitsa 2013 – 85/100 points


VINISTRA 2015 “THE WORLD OF MALVASIA” – Kidonitsa 2014 – SILVER medal

Decander Asia Wine Awards 2015 – Kidonitsa 2015 – SILVER medal


“300” 2005

Regional Red Dry Wine of Laconia

Grape varieties: Agiorgitiko (70%), Mavraki (30 %)
Vinification: Selected grapes are destemed, crushed inoculated by selected strains of dry active yeast. Color extraction at 28oC. Malolactic fermentation is taken place. Afterwards, the wine is aged for 18 months in new oak barrels.
Wine description: “300” red wine is a blend of Agiorgitiko and Mavroudi. The grapes come from our vineyards located in Velies. The wine derived from the particular area is rich in body, with good acidity and great aromas. The storage in new oak barrels for 18 months gives the wine the aroma of vanilla and a discreet fragrance of wood.
Tasting notes: The “300” wine is richly structured and loaded with complex flavour  reminiscent of dark – red  fruits such as blackberries and black cherries. It leaves in the palate a rich, round, opulent feel. The dark fruit character intermingled with the subtle oak notes in the long finish.
Serving Temperature: 16 – 18 οC
Best Food Matching: The “300” wine  will complement a wide variety of foods from game dishes  to hearty stews, lamb with vegetables and red meats.


Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012 SILVER MEDAL

The Balkans International Wine Competition 2012 – “300” 2005 – GOLD MEDAL

Berliner Wine Trophy 2013_The international competition in the capitol city Berlin – “300” 2005 – GOLD MEDAL

100% BLIND TASTING 2014 (A.Larsson & M.Del Monego MW)“300” RED 2005 – 91 points

Derek Smedley MW August 2014 – “300” Red 2005 – 92/100 points


– “300” Red – 8/10 pointsproefschrift december 2014/january 2015

The Balkans International Wine Competition 2015 – “300” 2006 – GOLD MEDAL and GOLD TROPHY  as the Best Red dry wine from indigenous varieties

The Balkans International Wine Competition 2015 – “300” 2007 – SILVER MEDAL

JULIA HARDING MW Balcans wines 2015 – “300” 2006 – 18 points (Silver)

JULIA HARDING MW Balcans wines 2015 – “300” 2007 – 17 points (Silver)

Decander Asia Wine Awards 2015 – “300” 2007 – Commended


If you are interested in learning more about Monemvasia Wines, imported by Flying Olive Farms, please drop us a note at pskea@flyingolivefarms.com


Greek Wines are absolutely gorgeous, but what about those names? Asyritko, Agiorgitiko, Roditis, Moscofilero, Malvasia…. Say what? Yes, wines from Greece can be quite intimidating to us in Good Ole US of A.

Nevertheless, we consistently increase our requests for evolutions in foods and feastings- example, even though bone marrow may be a most ancient diner’s delight, well it is now “new again” in the gastro scene… and we joyfully partake in rediscovering this culinary affair.

Consequently, we are naturally curious about “new” wines? Right? Greek wines must be a new thing, as this is the first some of us are hearing of this Hellenic Happiness.

Greek grape varietals are some of the rarest and first-born in the world. There are over 300 varietals which are native to Greece.

Sommeliers and other buyers are showing their preference for indigenous grapes,” says Sofia Perpera, director of the trade association New Wines of Greece. “In today’s wine world, uniqueness matters most.”

Undeniably Greece has incredible soil and some of the oldest vines you can find on the planet.

Wine has been a central part of Greek culture for over 4000 years, as the numerous archeological discoveries throughout Greece have revealed. The ancient Greeks knew well the nutritional value of wine as it became an inseparable part of their daily regimen. Wine also played an important role in the evolution of the local economy.


Let’s explore maybe the most famous of them all, Malvasia, claiming fame to the quotes of Shakespeare and others, afterwards falling into the “Sleeping Beauty” of wines. Monemvasia Winery by G. Tsibidis was founded in 1997 with the vision of the revival of Malvasia wine, in its birthplace.

What is Malvasia and why the need of a renewal? Malvasia was the champagne of Middle Ages, and the most sought after wine, ruling the European world. (Malvasia is being produced in many countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, even California and Croatia but being produced in its birthplace- Greece, was goal for Monemvasia Winery.)

The domination of the Greek ‘Monemvasia-MALVASIA’ lasted for five whole centuries in foreign markets of the East and West. Its production began before the 13th century in Byzantine Monemvasia and continued in Crete under Venetian rule until the middle of the 17th century.

During the Turkish occupation of Greece, which lasted for over 400 years, the Turks discouraged winemaking and its consumption. High Taxes were levied on wine farmers who could not handle the burden and forced many to abandon their vineyards. Years of unfortunate neglect, many of the indigenous Greek grape varieties were verging on extinction by the middle of the 20th century.

With this being stated the most famous wine Malvasia during the Middle Ages and through the Renaissance had now been moved from Greece into other lands.

For Monemvasia Winery, there was not only the actual wine formula but also the designation of origin to be sorted. The appellation concern was that the trade in ‘MALVASIA’ wine was extensive, and this was certified by commercial documents kept in the archives of The Byzantine Museum in Venice. Therefore, ‘MALVASIA’, a Byzantine wine with a geographical appellation of origin, is also considered a historical appellation of origin. This takes the founding society, Greece out of the equation.

As the pursuit to revive the notorious Malvasia, Monemvasia Winery began as a meeting base in the framework of PABE (European Research Program) along with the Agricultural Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, the company VITRO (Company for the Production of Plant Propagating Material) and NAGREG (National Agricultural Research Foundation). With this alignment, fourteen varieties of grape vines were recorded in the Lakonia region; it is highly probable some of these varieties were used for the production of the ancient ‘MALVASIA’ wines.

Over 12 exciting years of studying the characteristics of these local varieties, setting up experimental vineyards and holding international scientific conferences on the Monemvasia-Malvasia wine, along with experiments with the Wine Institute, resulted in a sweet white wine from sun-dried grapes and a liqueur (again from sun-dried grapes). These wines, which have been awarded Protected Designation of Origin, were officially released on July 23, 2010, which is the anniversary of the liberation of Monemvasia.

The winery bottled the wine “Monemvasia-Malvasia” 2010, for the first time since early years, through the year 2013. To date, the products of Monemvasia Winery have been awarded with over 106 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in international wine competitions. Monemvasia Winery’s efforts have been rewarded and were locally rewarded by EOMMEX as the Best Enterprise in the Peloponnese, and have received numerous international awards.

Rick Stein above, from BBC, enjoying Malvasia.

Thankful for the vision, hard work, research and pertinence, this particular winery has world class, skillfully crafted wines. Greece has chosen to rediscover the roots of their very own winemaking in growing, producing and exporting some of the finest wines the world has to offer. The next time you reach for a new adventure in wine, skip the insipid, Drink Greek.
Much of what we drink in America can be routine and familiar. Our restaurant wine offerings, retail presentations and ultimately our personal unconscious choices allow the wine category to remain a big stagnant, feeding sales and increasing profits of bigger name wines, over and over. Instead of only supporting the “starter” wines and average bottles that turn into mass-market “go to” bottles, why not enter the parallel universe of provocative Greek wines?

Raise a Greek glass, full of character and rarely boring! OPA!


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Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece. Here, where the green of the pine-trees and the dense forest mix with the deep blue of sea and sky, creating the picture of unrivalled nature beauty, you will find yourself in an idyllic land, in a small paradise in the very heart of Greece.

In island legend Skopelos was founded by Staphylos or Staphylus (Greek for grape), one of the sons of the god Dionysos and the Princess Ariadne of Crete. Historically, in the Late Bronze Age Skopelos, then known as Peparethos (Πεπάρηθος) or Peparethus, was colonised by Cretans who introduced viticulture to the island.

Perhaps because of the legend of its founding by the son of the god of wine, the island was known throughout the ancient Greek cities of the Mediterranean Sea for its wine. The play Philoctetes (first performed at the Festival of Dionysus in 409 BC) by Sophocles includes a wine merchant lost on his way to “Peparethos – rich in grapes and wine”.


Foodies and Wine Lovers alike crave authenticity and new experiences, trending now are old-world regions,  winemaking traditions from where it all began- Greece.