Domaine Katsaros is a small family enterprise established in 1985, in the traditional vine country of Krania, Mount Olympus in northern Greece.
Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Aegean and can see up to Mount Athos and the Sporades Islands from the estate`s winery - which is found at one end of the vineyard.
Guests are welcomed at the entrance of the winery and told about the history of viticulture in the region as well as the history of the estate. They are then informed of the wine-making process that takes place in the specially built facilities on the estate.
A special area can be found in the winery where traditional equipment used for viticulture and wine-making is exhibited. Visitors can become acquainted with the process and methods of wine maturation in the cellar used for this purpose.
In the wine-tasting area, visitors can learn the art of wine tasting and can buy the wines of their liking.
The eight hectares, privately owned vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay grape varieties, with a small, state-of-the-art winery situated on the eastern slopes of lower Mt Olympus at an altitude of 750 metres, just outside the village of Krania.
The main factors contributing to the superior quality of these award winning wines are the region`s mild winters, the sun-blessed, yet cool summers and the biological care at the vineyard coupled with the limited yield (5.000-6.000 kilograms per hectare).
The red wine, made with a combination of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot grapes is traditionally vinified and kept in French oak barrels (80% new wood) for 12 months. It is then bottled and stored in the Krania cellars at the Domaine itself.
The white wine, made exclusively with Chardonnay, ferments in fresh barrels and stays `sur lie` for seven months, given periodic stirrings. It is bottled and made commercially available in the second year following vinification.
The white and the red Domaine Katsaros wines, the red in particular, are `vins de garde` with notable ageing potential.