A little GREEK ISLAND – Triantafyllopoulos Vineyard – Kos
On a hot summer’s day meandering up the country hills we found this winery.
Actually, that is not what happened. When I went to get my car M.O.T’d I drove past it and I thought…ahhhhhhhh that is where the other winery is, must go there some time!!!
So a few weeks later we did.
The sign is quite obvious from the roadside (so I am not sure how I managed to drive past it, not once, but twice), probably far too busy nattering as I was ‘on tour’ with Julie and my two youngest children.
Anyway, as we drove through rows of laden down vines and greenery….we ooohhhhed and arrrhhhed at the beautiful grounds and the lovely swimming pool (that we were all dying to take a dip in). It was mid morning, but the temperature was easily around 36 degrees and getting hotter by the minute.
We watched a very large lizard who was quite happy bathing in the sun (until my children came along) scuttle across our path as we headed for the main reception area. Still wishing to cool down and wondering if anyone would notice if we took a quick swim in the private pool first!!!
As we walked into the cool reception area, walls full of various paintings and artwork, an indoor garden area as the centre piece, we met a charming young man (who’s name I have forgotten and I can’t find my notes), a bio chemist who came to Kos for his National Service and ended up staying and working for the Triantafyllopoulos family and helping with the production of their fine wines.
This lovely man got lumbered with giving us a tour around the building. They have organised excursions to the winery (and wine tasting) and various events with various different tour operators on the island, but anyone can just pop in as well during the week from Monday – Saturday from 8.30am-3.00pm. They will be delighted to see you.
For us, we were impressed at not only our tour, (although we never got to sample any wine – good job as I was driving!!!) but by the answers (knowledge), to the questions we asked.
We loved going to the cellar and seeing all the barrels lined up. Thousands of euro’s worth of quality wines almost ready to be drunk! The red wines maturing nicely!
So a little about the winery and the local wine itself:-
Quite new really when you think it all started in 2002 and now the vineyard has become acres and acres of juicy grapes almost ready to be harvested in August. There are now 12 acres of Triantafyllopoulos vines spread between the area we were visiting in Asfendiou and also in the Kardamena region. The grape varieties are Greek and international. White and red grapes, producing today a selection of different types of wines from dry white – Asyrtiko, Malagousia and Chardonnay. Rose – Grenache Rouge and a selection of red wines too Merlot, Syrah, Erithros and Dipnos.
You can purchase the wine by the bottle at the reception area, (and boxes too!)
It is coming up to the busiest time of the year where 15 workers will be busy picking the grapes from the vines and sorting through them ensuring the quality and selection of grapes are all up to the high standards that the Triantafyllopoulos family have set. There are different time lengths, depending on the type of wine, how long the fermentation process requires. This is also the same for wines that stay in the barrels too. Red wine obviously needs a lot longer.
The whole process from growing the grapes to bottling the wines takes place here in Asfendiou.
The Triantafyllopoulos family state that they have a vision to rejuvenate the vineyards and wine culture of Kos, to produce quality wines of unique character aimed to satisfy today’s wine enthusiast and sophisticated consumer.
So if you are a wine lover, then why not take a tour, sample the wine and take home a few bottles!
For further information please contact Triantafyllopoulos Vineyards, Miniera Asfendiou, 85 300, Greece
22420 69860 email:-firstname.lastname@example.org