A Greek Winery With Heart In Mythical Peloponnese

Last updated on January 6th, 2018 at 11:59 am

We spent the afternoon in a cozy country kitchen making ‘lazy pie’. The sound of laughter and easy conversation filled the room along with the aroma of fresh baked pastry and caramelized onions. It was a perfect addition to our Peloponnese excursion. Although the itinerary created by Mythical Peloponnese did prepare us for a visit to a Greek winery we could not anticipate it being such a special place.

Kalogris estate winery
The wine cellar used to be home to livestock before the farmhouse became a winery

In the heart of the Peloponnese lies the nature lovers haven of Arcadia. The varied landscape of forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys sets the perfect scene for Eco tourism but it is also home to the Mantinia wine region. It is here in the village of Kapsia that you will find the very special family run Kalogris Estate winery.

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Some of the varied landscape that is the Peloponnese region
Kalogris estate winery
The Kalogris family
Kalogris estate winery
The winery is filled with romantic touches

This small organic winery is housed in a beautiful 19th century restored stone farmhouse that exudes the warmth and love of the Kalogris family themselves. The estate produces only ten to twenty thousand bottles of all organic wine per year and to paraphrase Christina Kalogris ‘that is enough’. They do not sell their wine outside of Greece and have no plans to ever do so.

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Samplings of the vintages of the Kalogris Estate winery
Kalogris estate winery
Two of the vintages are named after the girls. This one is Tatiana.
Kalogris estate winery
Mt Kalogris ready to pour

Vagelis and his wife Christina made the decision to move out of Athens ten years ago to the more peaceful Peloponnese region with a goal of returning to the old way of life. Their dream was to create a simpler, quieter, happier lifestyle for their family and if the contagious smiles and laughter of daughters Kiriaki and Tatiana are anything to go by I’d say that they have indeed succeeded. They say that by leaving behind the stress and ambitions of city life they are able to work differently leaving more time to enjoy life as much as possible by traveling, playing and having fun together. In other words they try to live a life of balance. I suppose it’s no mystery why this particular afternoon was a highlight for Nathan and I.

Kalogris estate winery
The Kalogris family…laughter seems to be a big part of their life now.
Kalogris estate winery
Some of Christina’s doll collection watches over the wine
Kalogris estate winery
Mrs Kalogris creates much of the intricate woodwork that is seen around the estate

Amazingly this husband and wife team had absolutely no experience in wine making when they arrived with their dreams ten years ago but they have since produced some delicious vintages and created an idyllic setting. What is their secret? Well aside from the standard skill and dedication required to make good wine I believe that the joyful energy of the family plays a big part. That and the fact that they play a variety music for the vines. Tatiana told us with a laugh that Dad will play Mozart but that she will go out and switch it to Top 40. Whatever the reason it’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon sitting in front of the stone fireplace sipping wine.

Kalogris estate winery
Cozy fireplace to enjoy while tasting wine.
Kalogris estate winery
Music is another love of the Kalogris family
Kalogris estate winery
Posing with the delicious fruits of our labor.

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Kapsia in the beautiful Peloponnese region don’t pass up the chance to visit this charming family and get a taste of their hospitality and their wine.

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