ALPHA ESTATE (KTIMA ALPHA) Alpha (=  α ) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. The choice of this name came from the ...
ALPHA ESTATE 2nd Km. Amyndeo – Ag. Panteleimon, 53200 Anyndeo – Florina, Greece T + 30 23860 20111 F + 30 23860 20132 www....
ALPHA ESTATE  White,  200 7 SAUVIGNON BLANC  Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile Trophee d’ Excellence Les CITADELLES du...
ALPHA ESTATE  Red,  2005 Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile ALPHA ESTATE RED is our winery’s flagship. Winemaker’s comm...
ALPHA XINOMAVRO Red , 2005 Amyndeon V.Q.P.R.D. Wine profile The VQPRD wine of ALPHA ESTATE brings out the unique terroir o...
ALPHA SYRAH  Red,  2005 Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile Silver Medals :  Thessaloniki International Wine Competition...
ALPHA ONE  Red , 2004 Mavrodafni  – Montepulciano Wine profile Winemaker’s choice. This wine reflects the unique features ...
Greatest-quality Greek wine ALPHA ESTATE 2005 red Wine Report 2008  – best wine guide/wine book 2004&2005 Shortlisted best...
Our on-going mission is to make wines that bring out the true characteristics of the region they originate from,  wines th...
ALPHA ESTATE 2nd Km. Amyndeo – Ag. Panteleimon, 53200 Anyndeo – Florina, Greece T + 30 23860 20111 F + 30 23860 20132 www....
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  1. 2. ALPHA ESTATE (KTIMA ALPHA) Alpha (= α ) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. The choice of this name came from the initial letter of Amyndeon, the geographical location of the estate’s vineyards and additionally declares a quality term in the Greek argo. Alpha represents the “new beginning”, the “birth” of a new era in the world of Greek wine. Makis Mavridis , the grape grower, and Angelos Iatridis , the winemaker, planted a 46ha vineyard in Amyndeon region in the late 1990’s. Philosophy The creation of an estate vineyard was an enormous and pioneering investment at the time, which signalled the birth of pilot-structured vinicultural exploitation. Our on-going mission is to make wines that bring out the true characteristics of the region they originate from, wines that can reveal the characteristics of the soil, the climate and the typicity of the grape varieties they are made from. Vineyard’s “TERROIR” is at the heart of the ALPHA ESTATE winemaking philosophy. Contribution of the human factor is indispensable to achieve our final goal, which is the production of grapes of the highest quality potential. The wines produced from such grapes are powerful and complex, displaying an intense fruity flavour and excellent balance. The company devotes a tremendous effort in improving the quality of its wines, through carefully planed investments and research programs, in collaboration with many research institutes. The success of these programs allows the company to evaluate permanently the quality and the character of its wine from one “vintage” to the next. The vineyard (Soil-climate-culture-plant) ALPHA ESTATE is situated in the “AMPELIA” location (meaning vines), in the heart of the Amyndeon region, an area of VQPRD wines in the northern part of Greece. Two factors contribute to the special character of ALPHA ESTATE grapes: mesoclimate and soil. Moderate temperatures and heavy winter rains create ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen. Poor soils with good drainage create a mild water deficit the vines, resulting in small berries with intense, concentrated flavours and aromas. The vineyard of the estate is situated on a plateau at an altitude of 620-710m with a northwest exposure, covering a total area of 46ha . The local climate is characterized by cold winters with sufficient rainfall and snow which provide the vines with the necessary water supplies to endure the relatively dry summer. Additionally, two neighbouring lakes contribute to the existence of a mild semi-continental climate, favouring the cultivation of foreign and indigenous, red and white grape varieties. The sandy-clay texture of the soil, assuring an ideal drainage of the rain water, the favourable climatic conditions during maturation and harvest periods and finally the appropriate viticultural practices contribute to a complete fruit ripening thus offering the possibility of producing wines of exquisite quality and rich aromas. The density of plantation is 3900 vines/ha and the yields do not exceed 4200 kg of grapes per hectare. In order to achieve properly timed mild water stress “Regulated Deficit Irrigation” (or strategic irrigation management) is applied to assure the production of ultra- premium quality grapes. ALPHA ESTATE’s vineyard consists of the following varieties: Sauvignon b., Gewürztraminer , Malagouzia , Pinot Noir, Negro Amaro, Montepulciano , Tannat, Barbera , Mavrodaphne , Merlot , Syrah , Xinomavro. As the vines became old enough (green harvest procedure was applied on the third and forth year of each parcelle) the grapes from the vineyard were used exclusively for the core blend of a typical vin de garde of VQPRD Amyndeon . Today, a popular blend of Syrah/Merlot with Xinomavro is the estate’s red flagship, while a typical Sauvignon Blanc and several other wines of limited production complete the estate’s varietal portfolio. The wedding of an ancient local variety with a noble international one arose not only by the demands of modern markets, but also by the spirit of progress that distinguishes Angelos Iatridis’ winemaking. The hallmark of ALPHA ESTATE is accordingly a cutting-edge combination of tradition and innovation. The estate is a member of ENOABE (‘The Association of Northern Greece Wine Producers’), which links up wineries with local hotels, restaurants, archaeological sights and other tourist attractions within an EU-funded network of agrotourism. Private tours and tastings are always welcome with prior arrangements. For any additional inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us.
  2. 3. ALPHA ESTATE 2nd Km. Amyndeo – Ag. Panteleimon, 53200 Anyndeo – Florina, Greece T + 30 23860 20111 F + 30 23860 20132 www.alpha-estate.com info@alpha-estate.com
  3. 4. ALPHA ESTATE White, 200 7 SAUVIGNON BLANC Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile Trophee d’ Excellence Les CITADELLES du vin 2004 Gold Medals: Concours Mondial des Bruxelles 2004, Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 2006, Concours Mondial des Bruxelles 2006, Concours Mondial des Bruxelles 2007,Challenge International du vin 2007. Silver Medals: Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 200 7 , Bacchus De Plata VII Concurso International De Vinos 2006. World wine Awards – DECANTER magasin 2007 , Vinalies d’argent Paris 2003, CERVIM 2004 Awards at International Competitions : 200 8 /01 Released in wine market : Best enjoyed chilled (10-12ºC), it is marvelous for an aperitif or throughout a meal. It enhances dishes such as: green salads with Roquefort or with tomatoes, ham and Gouda. Pasta in broccoli sauce, oysters, selfish, fish, white meat with aromatic herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme). It matches well with mild goat cheese, yellow cheese like Kasseri or cream cheese, certain desserts (sorbets, apple pie, lemon pie), and fresh fruit, especially melon Harmony : Brilliant, light yellow in colour with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Sauvignon Blanc, suggesting gooseberry, passion fruits, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse, well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with a long finish and persistent aromas. Tasting characteristics : Alc : 13.6 % vol . Tot Acidity : 7,9 g / l / Res. Sugars : 1,7 g / l pH:3.27 Analytical data: Controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with cooling jackets, maintenance of wine “ sur lies ” for three months with regular stirring . Vinification method: 6 8 00 kg /ha Yield: 2 4 th - 26 th - 27 th August. Manual harvesting in small picking-boxes. Harvest: Semi-continental with important precipitations, even snowfall in winter. Hot, rather dry summer, with cool nights. Yearlong northwestern winds. Absence of spring frost. Climate: Sandy-sandy-clay soil of an excellent drainage. Soil: 4 9 ha of a linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 6 20 - 71 0 m. Vineyard: “ Ampelia” , “Alpheta” sub-regions. Amyndeon plateau. Location: Sauvignon Blanc 100 % Variety composition : Pr Stephanos Koundouras Viticulture Expert : Makis Mavridis / Angelos Iatridis Vine grower / winemaker:
  4. 5. ALPHA ESTATE Red, 2005 Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile ALPHA ESTATE RED is our winery’s flagship. Winemaker’s comments: DECANTER MAGAZINE(April 2005 issue): BEST OLD WORLD RED, by Steven Spurrier Trophy : DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2007, DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2006, Mention d’excellence Val d’Aosta 2005, DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2004, Gold Medals : Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2005, Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 2005 (Big Gold) Awards at International Competitions : 2004 for 2002 vintage. First year in wine market : At room temperature, is always seeking the company of rich dishes. Red meat, grilled or in spicy or sweet rich sauces, lamb, hairy game, meat pies as well as cheese like Brie, Pyrenees, Feta, Manouri, Graviera of Creta, Kalathaki of Limnos, fried Batzos or Kefalograviera. Decanting before serving is recommended. Harmony : Bright, deep ruby colour with purple hints. Rich and intricate bouquet, earthy, dominated by leather and cherry brandy aromas, with a peppery and plumy background. Generous, full-bodied, chewy, robust wine with a velvety taste, and vanilla, wood, mocha and toffee hints. Slightly tannic finish with a long persistence of aromas. A Vin de Garde with a great future. Tasting characteristics : Alc. : 14,1 % vol . / Total Acidity : 6,2 g / l , Reducing Sugars : 2,6 g / l Analytical data: Ten (10), months in Allie-Bertrange extra fine grain oak casks medium toast , no treatment / filtration before bottling, and seven (7), months in bottles . Ageing : Destemming , light crushing, cold shock under controlled conditions , alcoholic fermentation at graduated temperatures , maintenance of wine “ sur lie ” for three months with regular stirring . Vinification method: 3.900-5.500 kg /ha Yield: Manual harvesting in small picking-boxes and immediate storage of grapes till they reach a temperature of 8o C. Syrah: 29 September, Merlot: 11 September, Xinomavro: 7 October Harvest: Semi-continental with important precipitations, even snowfall in winter. Hot, rather dry summer, with cool nights. Year -long northwestern winds. Absence of spring frost. Climate: Sandy-sandyclay of an excellent drainage. Soil: Linear, privately owned vineyard of 49ha, situated at an altitude of 6 20 - 69 0 m. Irrigation system: Regulated Deficit Irrigation. Vineyard: Amyndeon highlands. Mild slopes of northwestern exposure. Location: Syrah 60%, Merlot 20%, Xinomavro 20% Variety composition: Dr Stephanos Koundouras, Stephanos Ioannidis Viticulture Expert: Makis Mavridis / Angelos Iatridis Vine grower/ winemaker:
  5. 6. ALPHA XINOMAVRO Red , 2005 Amyndeon V.Q.P.R.D. Wine profile The VQPRD wine of ALPHA ESTATE brings out the unique terroir of Amyndeon for the Xinomavro variety. Winemaker’s notice: Trophy: DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2005. Awards at International Competitions: 2005 for the 2003 vintage. First year in wine market : At room temperature, it is excellent with barbecue, sausages, pies, pork in spicy tomato sauce, game, and gruyere cheese. Decanting. Harmony : Splendid, deep purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of leather and spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, with vanilla aroma, rounded tannins, balanced-crispy acidity and wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma. Tasting characteristics : Alcoholic content : 13,6 % vol . Total Acidity : 7,3 g / l ( as tartaric acid ) Reducing Sugars : 2,1 g / l Analytical data: Nine (9), months in Alliee oak casks medium toast, no treatment / filtration before bottling, and eight (8), months in bottles . Ageing : Destemming , light crushing, cold shock - skin contact under controlled conditions , alcoholic fermentation at gradual increase temperatures , maintenance of wine “ sur lie ” for many months with regular stirring . Vinification method : 4.200 kg /ha Yield: Manual harvesting in small picking-boxes and immediate storage of grapes till they reach a temperature of 8 ºC. 7 th of October Harvest: Semi-continental with important precipitations, even snowfall in winter. Hot, rather dry summer, with cool nights. Year-long northwestern winds. Absence of spring frost. Climate: Sandy-sandyclay of an excellent drainage. Soil: Linear privately owned vineyard of 39ha, situated at an altitude of 6 20 - 69 0 m. Irrigation system: RDI. Vineyard: Amyndeon highlands. Mild slopes of northwestern exposure. Location: Xinomavro 100% Variety composition: Dr Stephanos Koundouras, Stephanos Ioannidis Agronomist-Viticulture Expert: Angelos Iatridis Oenologist – winemaker: Makis Mavridis Vine grower:
  6. 7. ALPHA SYRAH Red, 2005 Regional Wine of Florina Wine profile Silver Medals : Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 2007. Awards at International Competitions: End 2007 Released in wine market : At room temperature, is always seeking the company of rich dishes. Red meat, grilled or in spicy or sweet rich sauces, lamb, hairy game, meat pies as well as cheese like Brie, Pyrenees, Graviera of Creta, Kalathaki of Limnos, fried Batzos or Kefalograviera. Decanting is recommended. Harmony : Bright, deep ruby colour. It has beautiful Syrah fruit silky and ripe. Rich and intricate bouquet, earthy, dominated by leather and cherry brandy aromas, with a peppery and plumy background. Generous, full-bodied, chewy, robust wine with a velvety taste, and vanilla, wood, mocha and toffee hints. Slightly tannic finish with a long persistence of aromas. Its potential complexity is under continues development. A Vin de Garde with a great future. Tasting characteristics : Alc. : 13,5 % vol . / Total Acidity : 7,3 g / l , Res. Sugars : 3,0 g / l /pH:3,24 Analytical data: Ten (10), months in Allier-Bertrange oak casks medium toast, no treatment / filtration before bottling . Ageing : Destemming , no crushing, cold shock- skin contact under controlled conditions , alcoholic fermentation at graduated temperatures , maintenance of wine “ sur lie ” for eight months with regular stirring . Vinification method: 3500 kg /ha Yield: Manual harvesting in small picking-boxes. Syrah: 27 th September, Harvest: Semi-continental with important precipitations, even snowfall in winter. Hot, rather dry summer, with cool nights. Year -long northwestern winds. Climate: Sandy-sandy clay soil of an excellent drainage. Soil: 4 9 ha of a linear, privately owned vineyard of 4 9 ha situated at an altitude of 6 20 - 71 0 m. Vineyard: “ Children’s”, “Alpheta” sub-regions. Amyndeon plateau. Location: Syrah 100%, Variety composition: Pr Stephanos Koundouras, Stephanos Ioannidis Viticulture Expert: Makis Mavridis / Angelos Iatridis Vine grower/ winemaker:
  7. 8. ALPHA ONE Red , 2004 Mavrodafni – Montepulciano Wine profile Winemaker’s choice. This wine reflects the unique features of every vintage. Winemaker’s notice: 2008 Released in the market: Has to be served at a little higher than the room temperature. Cold cuts, smoked hams, salami. Rich dishes such as liver offal, stews, farmed or wild game. Mushroom wine sauce hare or rabbit. Cow milk hard cheese. Harmony : Fine, Rich. Intense, some black crystalline fruit, quite complex, very long, develops in mouth very good. Tasting characteristics : Alc. : 14.2 % vol ., Tot. Acidity : 7.5 g / l , Res. Sugars :2.1 g / l, pH:3.22 Analytical data: 12 months in in Allier oak casks special toast, no treatment / filtration before bottling, and eighteen (18), months in bottles . Ageing : Destemming , light crushing, cold shock - skin contact , alcoholic fermentation at graduated temperatures and maintenance of wine “sur lie” for seven months with regular stirring . Vinification method: 3.900 kg /ha Yield: Manual harvesting in small picking-boxes. Mavrodafni: 26 th October Montepulciano: 28 th September, Harvest: Semi-continental with important precipitations, even snowfall in winter. Hot, rather dry summer, with cool nights. Year-long northwestern winds. Climate: Sandy-sandy clay soil of an excellent drainage. Soil: 46ha of a Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 6 20 - 71 0 m. Vineyard: “ Hedgehog” sub-region. Amyndeon plateau. Location: Mavrodafni 50%, Montepulciano 50%, Variety composition : Pr Stephanos Koundouras Agronomist - Viticulture Expert Angelos Iatridis Oenologist – winemaker : Makis Mavridis Vine grower:
  8. 9. Greatest-quality Greek wine ALPHA ESTATE 2005 red Wine Report 2008 – best wine guide/wine book 2004&2005 Shortlisted best wine guide 2006,only wine book in hall of fame 2007 Tom Stevenson, independent wine writer. “… The most impressive wine (by far) from the most impressive estate (by far) I visited in Greece in early 2006…” The 100 Most Exciting Wine Finds Wine Report 2007 – best wine guide/wine book 2004&2005 Shortlisted best wine guide 2006 Tom Stevenson, independent wine writer. “… Alpha Estate 2006 Sauvignon Blanc is a new worldwide benchmark for this variety…” Decanter magazine – June 2007 Steven Spurrier, Decanter’s consultant editor. 2004 Alpha Estate Macedonia 90 points “… Ruby-red. Powerful, pungent aromas of sweet cherry, candied plum and toasty vanillin oak. Full-bodied and deep in dark fruit flavors, with a strong oak spicy accents background. The solid tannins build through the finish but there’s plenty of supporting depth of fruit here, not to mention a bright acid lift on the back that adds energy. Very promising stuff . …” International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds – Jan/Feb 2007 Stephen Tanzer’s, International Wine Cellar 2004 Alpha Xinomavro 90 points “… Medium-red. Peppery cherry and red berry aromas complicated by tobacco, dark chocolate and pungent herbs. A chewy, medium-bodied wine with zesty cherry and redcurrant flavors framed by fine tannins. Finishes on a sweet note of fresh red berries, with excellent length. I’d give this some time to unwind . …” International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds – Jan/Feb 2007 Stephen Tanzer’s, International Wine Cellar Alpha Estate Amyndeon, 2003 Best old world red Decanter magazine – April 2005 Steven Spurrier, Decanter’s consultant editor. “… He has managed to bridge the gap between science and soul, employing techniques such as a pre-fermentation cold soak with microxygenation to produce wines that have a dimension beyond their winemaking.  This is particularly true for his “Alpha Estate” wine, his gentlest offspring. Outstanding: 91 points …” Wine Review Online by Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW , co-author of Wine for Dummies, president of International Wine Center, executive director of U.S. programs for the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust, president of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America).
  9. 10. Our on-going mission is to make wines that bring out the true characteristics of the region they originate from, wines that can reveal the characteristics of the soil, the climate and the typicity of the grape varieties they are made from. The expression of the v ineyard’s “TERROIR” is at the heart of the ALPHA ESTATE winemaking philosophy. Contribution of the human factor is indispensable to achieve our final goal, which is the production of grapes of the highest quality potential. ALPHA ESTATE 2nd Km. Amyndeo – Ag. Panteleimon, 53200 Anyndeo – Florina, Greece T + 30 23860 20111 F + 30 23860 20132 www.alpha-estate.com info@alpha-estate.com
  10. 11. ALPHA ESTATE 2nd Km. Amyndeo – Ag. Panteleimon, 53200 Anyndeo – Florina, Greece T + 30 23860 20111 F + 30 23860 20132 www.alpha-estate.com info@alpha-estate.com

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