Tatsis Estate is among the first in Greece to believe in organic farming and have been applying it since 1998, and since 2002 they have been working with the biodynamic cultivation method, with the least or none intervention in winemaking.
Too far in place and time, our refugee grandparents who came in 1924 from Eastern Rumelia, Northern Thrace, a viticultural area, settled in Goumenissa, which was also a viticultural region. There, they found xinomavro and negoska.
1996 was the year that all began. There, we started and produced the first label of xinomavro and negoska.
The vineyard is cultivated since 1998, under a certified organic farming scheme, and since 2002, the entire vineyard has been under a biodynamic cultivation regime.
The wine we produce is between forty and fifty thousand bottles. It is a product of mild production in the vine, and then when we go to the winery, where we still follow this mild way of production.
I think there is no recipe for the quality of a wine, but beyond that, there are some standards. One of these is the ground, which definitely plays a big role, as does the microclimate. The second is definitely the stump, the grape, the grape variety, and a third factor is the man who is dealing with the grape.
What, however, is essential to us, is that we are trying to make deep-aging wines, because xinomavro and negoska are grapes that can give us such wines.
So, at this moment, we are at a stage not experimental, but a regular stage where we have twenty years old aging wines, fifteen years old wines, ten year old wines, and we believe we are in a good path.
I am Periklis Tatsis, I represent Tatsis Estate, I am a viticulturist and I come from Goumenissa.
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