Philosopher 2012 - Karimalis Winery

Producer: Karimalis Winery
Varieties: Μανδηλαριά , Φωκιανό
Region: Αιγαίο Πέλαγος

This is a minimal intervention wine made from the local grape varieties of Ikaria, Fokiano 50% and Koundouro (Mantilaria) 50%. Certified organic grapes. Use of Ikarian-indigenous-wild yeasts. Low sulphites. No filtering. No additives.

Ikaria is one of the five regions of the world where residents live much longer than average. This longevity has been associated with the Ikarian way of life, its gastronomy and the indulgence of local Pramnian wine, known since the times of Homer.

Vinification takes place with the aid of indigenous yeasts that reflect the unique terroir of the island, while aging takes place in oak barrels that offer a full-body, rich flavor and a naturally occurring high alcohol content.


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Products specifications
Color Red
Type Dry
Region Aegean Islands
Geographical Indication PGI Ikaria
Vintage 2012
Variety Mandilaria, Fokiano
Bottle 750ml (Standard Bottle)
Maturation 24 μήνες
Matured in Oak Barrels
Alcohol 14,5%
Organic No
Natural Yes
Aging potential 10+ years
Closure Cork
Serving temperature 12°C - 14°C

Karimalis Winery

The millennia long tradition of producing the ancient ‘Pramnios’ wine of Homer’s time has been preserved in our wine production. Though contemporary methods are used, our ancestral spirit, care and devotion are present in the production of our wine. These are ingredients that come from a five-century long family tradition, as shown by the records kept. The winery was being constructed in 1997. Initially, the winery was the sole business endeavour of the Karimalis family, while agrotourism and oenotourism developed with time.Wine is made from the grapes harvested from the actual vineyard in which the winery stands, as well as from two other vineyards that belong to the family. These are the ‘Kalabele’ near the village of Nas and the ‘Stefanes’ near the village of Pigi. All the vineyards are certified by the Organic Farming Organisation for their organically produced crops. The Karimalis vineyards cover an area of 3,5 acres (15 stremma) and they comprise local varieties of vines, such as Reteno, Kountouro (Mantilaria) and Fokiano for the red varieties and Mpegleri and Assyrtiko for the white ones. All the wines produced are labeled PGI Ikaria (Protected Geographical Indication) and are minimal intervention products. Vinification takes place with the aid of indigenous yeasts that reflect the unique terroir of the island and naturally produce wine quite high in alcohol content. 

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