Autumn has arrived in Crete and the distilling cauldrons are once again on fire to distill the traditional cretan Tsikoudia ... So, we got our barrels, filled with pressed grapes (Strafylo) from Plyto and Vidiano varieties harvested in August, the essential pairings (meat, grocery, some bottles of last year' s wine and Σόλo craft beer) and headed to the distillery of Leonidas at [...]
Early June and the first, really hot, summer days found us in our vineyards, bottling our first bottles of orange wine from the experimental vinification of native Cretan varieties such as Plito and Vidiano, as well as our red wine from Kotsifali and Mandilari varieties. After almost ten months of anticipation, the alcoholic fermentation has been completed, the aromas have [...]
It is the moment which every winemaker waits for with anxiety ... the moment where his efforts are transformed into wine and his anxiety gives ground to the joy of gratification. This is how we felt when, after six months of anticipation, we opened our twelve amphoras to taste our orange wines. The flavors that flood in the limited underground [...]
After the harvest in mid-September, we set aside 7 barrells of «strafylo» to ferment ready for distillation in the next month. 5 of the barrells were filled with Plyto while 2 with Vidiano grape variety. In October 22nd, it was time to distill at local Alagni Kazani owned by Leonidas. While waiting the distillation to finish, we spent the day in jovial [...]
When we discovered that Zythognosia was to be organized in Athens in October, we were very enthusiastic. But for us it was too early. Our brewery was not operational yet. Then we came to think about contract brewing. But where and who could help us? After a quick phone call to Yannis at Charma, or Cretan Brewery as its formal [...]
Everything is now ready and we wait patiently but with a natural anxiety to start harvesting. This year has been the worst for the vineyards for the last 30 years, as we are told by neighbors vine growers.
With deep roots going back in time from the Minoan era, this art of making amphora continues to exist today. Finding such trade at a nearby village of Thrapsano is definately the best thing for us. After a lengthy research, we found Manolis Moutsakis – the best potter in the area to undertake the project of making 12 amphoras in [...]
“Σολο …Your Cretan Craft Beer” is the label of the new Cretan beer, which from next year will be available in Greek but also in the international market. In our plans is to create many types of beer that will surely be a pleasant surprise for beer lovers.
Where and how would we do our first experiment with natural wine in amphoras, was really a challenge for us. For one thng we don't have the building yet, so we decided to allow our imagination to do the work. We acquired a 20’ container , dug the grown deep enough to contain it and covered with soil as insulation. [...]