The winery’s founder and owner, Chronis Ieropoulos, was born and raised in the vineyards of a region far away from Nemea, long before he became a winemaker himself. From a very young age, he used to help his grandfather take care of his vineyards in Koromilia, Kastoria, in Northern Greece.
Decades later, in 2008, it was time for him to make his dream come true. Putting his grandfather's principles in practice, and combining them with the most advanced technology and know-how in vine growing and winemaking, he founded his winery, with the aim of producing top quality wine. His wife and daughters embraced his dream from the start, making the whole effort a family affair.
Today, Chronis Ieropoulos and his team have made their vineyards the absolute epicenter of their endeavours, in order to ensure that all wines bearing the label of the winery of the Ieropoulos Family perfectly express the important history and tradition of Nemea, but also the dynamics of the land and the general ecosystem that surrounds it.
Chronis IeropoulosI learned the secrets of wine-making from my grandfather, in the mountains of Kastoria. Years later, I apply these traditional techniques to my winery in Nemea.
The wine producing zone of Nemea is located on the north-eastern side of the Peloponnese and is comprised of the communities: Aidonia, Ancient Kleones, Ancient Nemea, Asprokampos, Galatas, Dafni, Kastraki, Kefalari, Koutsi, Leontio, Leo, Bozika, Nemea, Petri Titani and Psari, which belong to the Prefecture of Corinth and the communities of Gymno and Malandreni that belong to the Prefecture of Argolida.
Nemea is the largest Protected Designation of Origin zone for red wines in Greece and the historical origin of the Agiorgitiko grape variety. The zone includes vineyards situated at altitudes ranging from 200 to 800+ meters.
The region’s climate is the typically Mediterranean, with an average annual temperature of 17 ° C, and average annual rainfall ranging from 550-750mm, mainly within the period October-April. Winters are cold and humid while summers are relatively dry, usually with no extreme temperatures.
During the month of September until the beginning of October, which is the harvest season, ideal conditions of grape ripening prevail as the days are warm, the nights are cool and rainfalls are rare.
Our vineyards are located in two separate areas within the zone. The first one belongs to the Koutsi sub zone, in the location of Dourmiza. It is situated at an altitude of 490 meters and it has a north-eastern exposure, facing the Corinthian Gulf. This results in very mild daily temperatures during the hot summer months of July and August, followed by cool evenings, facilitating the synchronization of the phenolic and the sugar ripening of the grapes.
The clay loam soil is of excellent structure due to its high calcium carbonate content, and acts as an ideal regulator of moisture, supplying the vines with water and nutrients and preventing extreme water stress, especially in the last phase of ripening post veraison.
Our second vineyard belongs to the mountainous sub-zone of Asprokampos. It is perched on a slope at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level with a southeast exposure. The high and thin vegetative wall of the crown of the plants makes excellent use of sunlight and exposes the grapes to its beneficial rays. In this way, as well as thanks to the high altitude, the course of the grapes’ sugar ripening is accelerated. Here too the soil is mainly composed of clay with a high content of calcium carbonate. This, in combination with the positive effects of the high altitude, ensures balanced growth conditions for the vines and an environment that favours the development of high aromatic intensity and phenolic potential for the grapes.
We built our winery with the aim to ensure that its architecture would enable it to “blend” into the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. This integration into the natural environment is achieved with the dark stones that have been used in its construction, excavated from the neighbouring mountains that surround the valley of Nemea.
The winery employs the latest technology, in order to ensure minimum intervention in the winemaking process. For this reason we only vinify the free-run juice of our Agiorgitiko grapes, leaving the natural flow to effortlessly give us the best must. Our open vats are designed to give the winemaking team the best control of the fermentation process.
Our ageing cellar is cooled throughout and the temperature is maintained at constant level throughout the year, whereas our storage cellar is situated in a separate area, to make sure that, while its room temperature is low, humidity is at a higher level.
For the maturation of our wines we only use French oak barrels, which are selected and imported from the most renowned cooperages in France.
The "crown jewel" of our wines range. It is made from Agiorgitiko grapes from the most privileged parcel of our vineyard in Koutsi, which is care for strictly by hand all year round. It is only produced in exquisite years and quantity does not exceed 700 bottles. Exuberant and majestic on the nose and the palate, it accompanies red meat or game in rich, complex recipes.
Nemea meets Burgundy in this premium red wine from 100% Agiorgitiko. On the nose it offers generously all the typical aromas of fruits and spices of the variety, while on the palate it has intensity and exuberance, but at the same time it displays balance and elegance. Perfect as a companion of fine meats, grilled or cooked.
A pleasant red wine from 100% Agiorgitiko, which is dominated by the rich fruity character of the variety. It is soft and friendly on the palate and made to be enjoyed either on its own by the glass, or accompanying a variety of cheeses and cold cuts, as well "comfort food" red meat dishes.
The elegant rosé of the winery, made from 100% Agiorgitiko. Aromatic and gentle, with refreshing acidity, it perfectly embodies the versatility of Agiorgitiko. Stylish both outside and inside the bottle, it is enjoyed on its own, as an aperitif, but it will also pair perfectly with light dishes prepared with meat and/or fresh tomato sauce.
A fresh, floral, light white wine from the gentle native variety of the Peloponnese. It is made from grapes grown in our vineyards in Nemea, as well as in privately owned vineyards in Skotini, Argolida, at an altitude of 700 meters. It can be enjoyed on its own, as an aperitif, but will also accompany traditional cooked dishes or casseroles that are rich in fresh herbs.
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