Mantinia, Peloponnese, Greece
A family commitment to an ancient wine legacy
With an uncompromisingly Greek vocation for winemaking and hospitality, Kalogris run an organic winery and guest house at the heart of the impressive Mantinia plateau.
Only the family’s hands touch the vines on their three hectares of vineyards. The result are wines that will transport you to the Peloponnesian landscape in a glass.
Location: Mantinia, Peloponnese, Greece
Working with us since: 2020
Total area under vine: 3 ha
Viticultural standards: Organic certified
Interesting fact: Evangelos restored the family’s house, originally built in 1870, following the promised made to his father and grandfather. It is there that visitors are received and guided through the family’s 147-years of winemaking, while learning about their organic farming practices. In the underground ageing cellars, Evangelos, Christina, Sandy and Tatiana guide their guests through tastings accompanied by homemade pies and rolls and local olives and cheese.
It’s on the Mantinia plateau, in the heart of the beautiful Peloponnese, that Kalogris tend to their three precious hectares of vineyard with unique attention and care. Kalogris is true family operation.
The winery was established in 1980 when Evangelos’ grandfather handed over the traditional family house under the condition that it would be converted into a winery that would receive visitors as well. Evangelos keeps faithful to his promise to this day: he converted the old house into an organic stone-built winery, which he still runs with his wife and two daughters. But the family traces its vine-growing past in the region all the way back to 1870.
Kalogris is the product of a combined love for heartfelt hospitality, the Peloponnesian landscape and, as importantly, for the gray-skinned Moschofilero grape, whose birthplace is precisely Mantinia. Moschofilero is potentially linked to the “smokey vines” immortalised in the historiography of ancient Greece and is part of the very adaptive “Filery” family of grapes. Kalogris work exclusively with this local grape and strive to produce its best expressions across styles. All work in the vineyard is done by the family, manually, and once in the cellar the juice is spontaneously fermented following the minimum intervention traditional winemaking traditions.