Papras Bio Wines
Despite the suffocating, stagnant heat of Tyrnavos, Stergios Papras is producing some of Greece's lightest, freshest and uniquely exciting wines. Greece is a warm place and Tyrannos is one of its warmest. Unlike most of Greece, Tyrnavos is flat and surrounded by mountains that help trap the day's warm air. In fact, Mount Olympus looms over the Papras Vineyard. Despite this heat the Papras wines are delightfully fresh and vibrant. The Papras story is romantically unromantic: a multigenerational family of long-time organic growers working in one of the most run down parts of Greece making humble, delightfully unusual wines. Stergio has dedicated his life to the grapes and wines of this region. From 1979 until rather recently he was the winemaker at the local cooperative. Here he championed organic farming as well as the local varieties, in particular the Black Muscat of Tyrnavos and Roditis. The Papras family vineyards have been certified organic since 1990, the first year this was possible in Greece.The vineyards are bordered by fruit trees grown by their neighbors and the farming is by-the-book organic with only sulfur and copper used to combat the assorted maladies of the vineyard. Like most vineyards in Greece, these are irrigated and the system is used only 3 times a year. Weeds are cut under the vines to help with air flow and the soils are left unmanipulated (no till). This is not a particularly romantic part of Greece. Hot and dusty in the summer, vineyard work can be gruelling. Worked by Stergio’s brother and son, these organic vines, some rather old, are perfectly suited for the scorching summer sun. Helped along by the family's vast multi-generational farming prowess, the vineyards produce high acid, aromatic fruit. Despite his many years of organic winegrowing, until about 6 years ago Stergio’s cellar practices were rather conventional. With some encouragement from his exporter, he decided to try making wines in a more natural way. Simply put, he decided to make wines like the generation before him.These wines are unfined and unfiltered, all made with skin contact, just like wine that Stergio’s father remembers from his childhood.
Other White Grape
Floral , Fruity , Funky
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The more natural wines I drink, the more I find myself getting blown away by them. Layered aromas and flavors coalesce in this stunning 100% Roditis. Also the only wine that (in some bottles) with a little bit of time to breathe, gives honey-roasted peanut on the nose. Per the description, pair with anything fatty from cold, dark waters and enjoy.