The 30 acres of the privately owned vineyard by Domaine Michaelidi expand amphitheatrically in Aghios Athanasios and Kyrgia, Drama. The place is situated in northeastern Greece, close to the site of Ancient Philippi, in the land of Edones which boasts of a wine tradition of 2.500 years.
History Back in 1924, Costas Semertzidis, grandfather of the winemaker Iordanis Michaelidis, arrived as a refugee from Asia Minor in Kyrgia, Drama and started producing wine. The small family winery developed significantly under Simos Michaelidis, who extended the vineyard, back in 1970, in an area called Lagotopos, being the one who updated and modernised the overall cultivation and production of wine.
Iordanis Michaelidis took over in 2004, representing the third generation in the family business. His aim is to create an ultramodern winery and to produce quality wines that combine modern vinification techniques with local traditions. Anthaleia and Melachro, the first two labels of Domaine Michaelidi, were produced under his supervision.
Vineyard Assyrtiko, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Montepulciano are the varieties which are cultivated in accordance with the principles of integrated management. Being in harmony with the ecosystem, they have given exceptional wines with excellent quality characteristics resulting in numerous awards both in Greece and abroad.
Nowadays, the vineyard is being expanded and Malagouzia and other Greek varieties are being planted. The experiments held on these varieties have given extremely satisfactory results.
Winery Domaine Michaelidi’s ergonomic and fully equipped winery was constructed in 2005 and is situated next to the private vineyard. The vine harvest is brought here for the first stage of processing before being transferred to the fermentation tanks. The winery also includes the ageing cellar with the French oak barrels, the bottling line and the storehouse where bottled wine is kept.
Vinification Three main factors ensure that raw material gives its best:
Low yields, not exceeding 2,400 kilos per acre
Rapid transfer of grapes to the winery
Ultra-modern vinification equipment working in temperature-controlled conditions
The objective is the protection of the organoleptic characteristics of the wine grapes and the production of unique wines in a limited number of bottles.
Labels Pyli White: It is the evolution of Anthaleia, composed of Sauvignon Βlanc, Chardonnay and the exceptional variety of Assyrtiko. Pyli Red: Originally known as Melachro (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah).With the addition of the Cabernet Franc variety it gets an extremely particular character and obtains excellent complexity. Lagotopos White: Varietal wine (Chardonnay) Lagotopos Red: Varietal wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Both last labels were bottled in 2007 following an observation and experimentation stage. Their origin is the selected vineyard Lagotopos, which is part of the privately owned vineyard of Domaine Michaelidi.
Investing In Quality Iordanis Michaelidis keeps up and evolves a long family tradition in winemaking. His ambition is to revive the ancient vineyard and to produce quality wines worthy of their place of origin and the art of winemaking, with absolute respect in nature and in man. The production is sold to the Greek and international market. Northern Europe receives a significant proportion of the exported production. With the addition of the new vineyards, the annual production is expected to double in the next five years reaching 80.000 bottles. Domaine Michaelidi takes part in major wine exhibitions in Greece and abroad and its development strategy is based on the motto “tradition, quality, expertise.” The company believes that it is people who make the difference, employing a team of qualified scientists and experienced craftsmen in the production and processing of wine. Love of wine and dedication to achieving the best possible result drive every single person working for the ompany.