The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese on the plateau of the Ichthis peninsula, near the village of Korakochori, the city of Pyrgos and its port Katakolo. It is an old, Greek, family-owned estate with a 150 year history in the production of wine and olive oil.
In 1870 Theodore Mercouris imported cuttings of the Refosco variety from Friuli in Northern Italy and planted the first vineyard on the estate. Later on, wines from the Estate were exported to Central Europe, with small sailing boats anchoring in the bay just in front of the estate to load barrels full of this unique wine to transport them to Trieste.
In the 1930s, Leonidas Mercouris built a modern winery on the estate equipped with underground wine tanks, and this remained in operation until 1955. In 1985, the third and fourth generations of the Mercouri family began a systematic effort to revive the winemaking tradition of this historic property with the production of branded products. Within this framework, the old winery was renovated and modernised and today the Mercouri Estate is under the legal form of a family controlled S.A.
The initial “Mercouri” vineyard (8 Ha), where the carefully tended vines encircle the winery and the 19th century Italianate villa which remains the family home, together with the “Christias” (8 Ha) and the “Kanellakopoulos” vineyards (2 Ha) provide the grapes for the high quality wines. 20 different varieties in total have been planted, some of them on an experimental basis, on a sandy clayous soil. They are: the traditional Mercouri Estate Refosco in three different clones (Refosco Mercouri, Refosco dal penduncolo rosso and Mondeuse Noir), the Greek indigenous varieties Mavrodaphne, Avgoustiatis, Agiorgitiko (reds),
Assyrtiko, Robola, Vidiano (whites) and Tourkopoula (rosé), and the international ones Mourvedre, Syrah, Sangiovese, Grenache rouge, Merlot, Negroamaro (reds), Viognier, Malvasia di Candia aromatica, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc and Albarinho (whites).
Today Mercouri Estate produces twelve different wines. Five dry reds, one dry rosé, four dry whites and two sweet wines. Among the highlights of the reds are the classic Mercouri Estate (Refosco, Mavrodaphne), the stunning Cava Mercouri (Refosco dal penduncolo rosso, Mavrodaphne) and the truly indulgent dessert wine Chortais (Mavrodaphne, Corinth Currant). Equally impressive are the crisp whites Foloi (Roditis, Viognier) and Kallisto (Assyrtiko, Robola) and the perennial summer favourite rosé wine Lampadias (Grenache rouge, Syrah).
Apart from quality wines, Mercouri Estate also produces high quality olive oil. The oil is made from olives of the superior Greek variety “Koroneiki” from the privately-owned groves on the estate that are over 100 years old. The result is a product of exceptional quality and character with a unique aroma and flavor, the end product of diligent cultivation, harvesting and extraction procedures at very low temperatures and a love of the earth which yields it.
In addition to the production of wines and olive oil, the Estate is also active in the Wine-Tourism sector, welcoming large and small parties of friends of nature and wine. There is the possibility to visit the wine production facilities, vineyards and olive groves of the estate, as well as the small museum which houses a collection of old rural tools and instruments. Guests are able to walk among the wooded paths, to the beach and to come into contact with the beautiful nature present on the estate. A sampling of products from our estate is possible under a canopy of century-old pine trees with views to the Ionian Sea and the island of Zante. Visiting hours are 09:00 to 15:00 every day except Sunday. Call or e-mail in advance for details.
Mercouri Estate wines are in the Greek market through our company itself, the company DEALS S.A and other wholesalers, cavas, etc. Since 1993 a part of our production, today 45% is exported to Europe, America, Asia and Australia