VINEYARD KAMKOUTIS - Velvento, Kozani, W. Macedonia, Greece

OUR STORY

Between Lake Polyfyto and the Pieria Mountains, at the foot of Mount Velventos, Yiannis and Maria Kamkoutis chose to take advantage of the special terroir of the area to establish their vineyard. About 8 hectares of vineyards contain varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Xinomavro and the local varieties of Tsapournakos, Limnionas, Petsiariko, Koukouli and Dogo.


The vineyard is dominated by a stone-built winery which is open to visitors and lies in a beautiful environment with a breathtaking view and a multi-purpose space where visitors can taste the wines and enjoy the hospitality – both good reasons to return. The winery also holds tasting and educational workshops, social and cultural events and in general offers visitors an introduction to the wonderful world of wine.  


The winery has three labels: Kourites Red, Kourites Rosé and Kourites White. The “Kourites” name is regional. That is what the large wooden barrels that were used to store the wine of this area were called.  The two-storey winery houses the vinification, maturation and aging (cellar) areas on the ground floor and basement, while the first floor is where the events hall, wine tasting room and offices are located. The company is a verticalised agricultural business and makes wine from grapes grown exclusively in its privately owned vineyards.

THE WINES

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KOURITES WHITE - Dry White Wine

·      Category: PGI
·      Variety: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Malagouzia
·      Area: Velvento
·      Altitude:  400 m
·      Soil: Calcareous clay (limestone)
·       Vinification:  fermentation at: 16° C and sometimes batonnage 
·       Maturation: 3 months in steel tank
·       Sensory characteristics: The marriage of Malagouzia with Chardonnay create a    wine with pronounced citrus notes, balanced acidity and round body.
·       Storage suggestions: Can be allowed to age for 1-2 years.
·       Serving suggestions: Serve at 10° C – 12° C
·      Alcohol: 13%

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MALAGOUZIA - Dry White wine

·      Category: PGI
·      Variety: 100% Malagouzia
·      Area: Velvento
·      Altitude:  400 m
·      Soil: Calcareous clay (limestone)
·       Vinification:  fermentation at: 16° C
·       Maturation: 3 months in steel tank
·       Sensory characteristics: Bright yellow color with green shades, intense aromas of flowers and white fruit framed by crisp acidity and balanced body.
·       Storage suggestions: Can be allowed to age for 1  year.
·       Serving suggestions: Serve at 10° C – 12° C
·      Alcohol: 12.8%

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ROSE - Dry Rose

·      Category: PGI
·      Variety: 40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Malagouzia
·      Area: Velvento
·      Altitude:  400 m
·      Soil: Calcareous clay (limestone)
·       Vinification: 1-day maceration with frequent pigeage; fermentation at: 21-24° C
·       Maturation: 3 months in steel tank 
·       Sensory characteristics: This rose wine produced by Cabernet Franc and Malagouzia, is distinguished by the pronounced aromas of strawberry and forest fruits.The palette is fruity and sharp, with intense aromas of raspberry and mango and a a hint of vegetation, giving this wine balance and a long aftertaste. 
·       Storage suggestions: Can be allowed to age for 2-3 years.
·       Serving suggestions: Serve at 12° C – 13° C
·      Alcohol: 13%

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KOURITES RED - Dry Red Wine

·      Category: PGI
·      Variety: 40% Xinomavro, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
·      Area: Velvento
·      Altitude:  400 m
·      Soil: Calcareous clay (limestone)
·       Vinification: 8-day maceration with frequent pigeage; fermentation at: 23°C
·       Maturation: 14 months medium toasted Bulgarian oak
·       Sensory characteristics: Xinomavro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create a complex wine with aromas of black fruits and spices. It has a round body with rich and long aftertaste
·       Storage suggestions: Can be allowed to age for 4–6 years.
·       Serving suggestions: Serve at 14° C – 16° C
·      Alcohol: 13%

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TSAPOURNAKOS - Dry Red Wine

·      Category: PGI
·      Variety: 100% Tsapournakos (Cabernet Franc)
·      Area: Velvento
·      Altitude:  400 m
·      Soil: Calcareous clay (limestone)
·       Vinification: 8-day maceration with frequent pigeage; fermentation at: 21-24° C
·       Maturation: 12 months medium toasted french oak
·       Sensory characteristics: Its bouquet refers to black ripen fruits and spices, it      has a balanced body and a long aftertaste.
·       Storage suggestions: Can be allowed to age for 6–8 years.
·       Serving suggestions: Serve at 14° C – 16° C
·      Alcohol: 13%