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Mikro Ktima Titos

Goumenissa

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n Central Macedonia, at the foot of the Paiko mountain range near the provincial town of Goumenissa, surrounded by age-old oaks, lies Mikro Ktima Titos (meaning: Small Estate of Titos). It is here, along the banks of the river Sirios, that Titos Eftychidis planted in 1972 a 4-hectares vineyard with the varieties Xinomavro, Negoska, Cabernet Sauvignon, Limnio and Viognier.

The long friendship of Vangelis Gerovassiliou with Titos led Angeliki Eftychidis to leave the vineyard of her late husband in the hands he trusted most. The acquisition by the owners of Ktima Biblia Chora became official in 2018. Vangelis Gerovassiliou and Vassilis Tsaktsarlis got a foothold in Goumenissa, where they set out to create, with love and respect, first-class quality red wines of the PDO Goumenissa appellation.

Spurred on by the potential, the property got repurposed and renovation works on the original building were completed in 2022. The result is an elegant and welcoming winery, fashioned in a style that fits in perfectly with the uniquely picturesque natural surroundings thanks to the use of traditional local architecture methods and earthy colours and materials. Today’s modern winery houses fully-equipped winemaking facilities complete with its barrel vault, purposely built maturation cellar and visitors hospitality centre.

MIKRO KTIMA TITOU

1972

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WINES

Protected Designation of Origin Goumenissa
Xinomavro & Negoska

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VINEYARD

Today, the Estate is experiencing a revival. 4,5 hectares of Xinomavro and Negoska vines thrive in the privately-owned vineyard surrounding the winery that is located near the Two Rivers expanse of Goumenissa. Nearby, in Gerakonas, one of the best areas of the PDO Goumenissa zone, an additional 15,5 hectares are cultivated and in neighbouring Filiria and Pentafolos a further 7 hectares.

The vines are painstakingly cared for. They are farmed according to organic agricultural standards and tended with attention and respect for the peculiarities of each region. Most viticultural work is done manually, including harvesting which typically begins at the end of September.

The Goumenissa appellation was granted PDO status in 1979. Comprising only 200 hectares, it is one of the smallest wine zones in Greece. The demarcated region includes the municipality of Goumenissa as well as communities of the prefecture of Kilkis such as Gerakonas, Filiria, and Pentalofos, amongst others. Most vineyards planted with the red varieties Xinomavro and Negoska extend on the east-facing, gentle-rolling slopes of Mount Paiko at 150 meters altitude and higher.

The soil is mainly clayey, rich in granite and limestone and with good drainage. The microclimate (terroir) of the region is suitable for organic farming and generally benefits the style of wines which characteristically demonstrate a broad and soft palate, fresh natural acidity, well-defined fruit flavours and serious density.

Location:  Goumenissa, Two Rivers expanse of Goumenissa (Dio Potamia)
Total surface area:  27 Hectares
Orientation: Ground slope: 15% (fifteen percent ) – Eastern as Southwestern sunlight exposure
Altitude: 150-280m

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Forest, next to Sirios river and mountain Paiko

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CLIMATE

The climate is continental. Summer heatwaves are tempered by the influence of the river Sirios and mitigating cool breezes. In the winter months, moisture is dispersed by the Vardar, a cold north-westerly ravine wind.

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OPENING HOURS

Guided tours and wine-tasting sessions in the designated visitors’ areas of the Estate are possible upon request. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-15.00

The Estate remains closed on the following days during the year: 1st and 6th of January, 25th of March, Ash/Clean Monday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, May Day (1st of May), 15th of August, 23th of October, 28th of October, 25th and 26th of December.

Wine Tour Manager: Nysiriou Artemis

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