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Kefallinos Avgoustiatis

Avgoustiatis (meaning ‘of August’ in Greek) is an early-ripening variety found mainly on Zakynthos. Pre-fermentation maceration followed by spontaneous fermentation for 20 days. Aged for 18 months in old barrels (4-6 years-old). The key to the wine’s name is August… picked early, this indigenous variety is yet another rarity. It falls somewhere between red Burgundy and Cru Beaujolais. Strawberries and redcurrants. Nice balance of grapey, crunchy fruit and subtle, soft tannin and acidity. To be enjoyed young.
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Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 100% Avgoustiatis
Region: PGI Zakynthos

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

Kefallinos, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands

Dionysis Kefallinos’s first vintage was in 2018. He wanted to make wines with the indigenous grapes of his native Zakynthos using low intervention winemaking that would bring out the truest expressions of these varieties. Without formal training but having made wine with friends for years, he uses the island’s co-operative winery to make his own small cuvees of 1,000 – 3,000 bottles. The vineyards are all old, ungrafted bush-vines in very small parcels. In total he sources grapes from over 60 separate vineyards. The vines are pruned into 4 spurs, one for each point of the compass. Dionysis calls Zakynthos a ‘paradise’ for indigenous varieties with 25 that are only found on the island and many more that have come from further afield. This huge diversity is down to Zakynthos’s position at a crossroads of the Ionian sea that has seen Venetians, Normans, and mainland Greeks come through over the years, each leaving their footprint on the islands viticulture and winemaking. This is reflected in one of the traditional appellations of the island – Verdea – a Venetian name referencing the apparent green colour of the grape juice, reflecting the early picking of the grapes. All the Kefallinos wines are allowed to ferment naturally with their own yeasts and only very small additions of sulphur are made.

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