Greek Wine – Appreciation Workshop, Andros
A unique opportunity to learn about Greek Wine in a charming
luxury-villa setting in Andros 23rd to 27th September 2019
In recent years Greece has been hitting the headlines in international wine challenges. As well as all the usual international grape varieties such as Shiraz, Greece has over three hundred indigenous grape varieties. Over the course of two Wines and Tours Master Classes, we will be exploring the characteristics of the five most famous of them: In whites, Assyrtico, Moschofilero, and Malagouzia. In reds, Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro. We will also be exploring some of the less famous indigenous grape varieties such as Robolla, grown almost exclusively in Kefalonia and Fileri, grown in a very specific part of the Peloponnese.
We will visit some Greek Wineries and taste their produce. One of these will be in Andros itself and we will visit at least two in the neighbouring island of Tinos.
A delightful and educational part of the workshop will be a special Greek Food and Wine-pairing dinner.
Andros is a lovely island with lots of holiday activities on offer. Participants will be able to buy an additional three nights at the villa to soak up the holiday ambience of the island and possibly enjoy some of the excursions that we will offer. These will include a conducted hike along the forest land of the island and a visit to a modern Tsipouro factory near Chora.
Our provisional programme is as follows:
Mon Sept 23rd Arrive at the port of Gavrio in the late afternoon (well from 2pm onwards). We will have you collected at the port. This day is dedicated to relaxation after your journey. Have a drink with us. Freshen up and spend some time resting or by the pool. In the evening we will have a nice buffet supper.
Tues Sept 24th The first morning will be a get-to-know-each-other morning. After breakfast, we’ll have a little chat about what we will be doing over the next-few days and play a little “blind-taste” guessing game on the origins of various wines to see if you can recognise which are Greek and which are foreign ones (foreign being not Greek). We’ll have lunch at the nearby “Steki tou Andrea”, a restaurant that produces its own wine. Most residents of the island in fact produce their own wine. In the afternoon, we will proceed to our first Masterclass on Greek Wines. In the evening, a relatively light supper is planned after the substantial lunch at “Steki tou Andrea”. We’ll have some free time at the Port of Gavrio.
Wed Sept 25th After breakfast, we will set off for a visit to a winery on the island, have a tour of the winery and a wine tasting. We’ll have a “brunch served at the winery”. In the afternoon, we will move on to our second Master Class of Greek Wines. In the evening you will be treated to a food-and-wine pairing dinner where we will compare a number of wines that one might choose with a particular meal. A Greek meal of course and Greek wine.
Thurs Sept 26th This is mainly an excursion day. We are going to take the ferry to the neighbouring island of Tinos where we are going to visit two or possibly three fairly new wineries. Grapes are in part grown on a most unusual terroir amidst gigantic boulders. The area looks as if it is where the battle of the Titans took place. Together, we will choose some wines to take back with us to have with a fish supper at the villa.
Friday, Sept 27th We’ll finish up with a tasting of some of the less known indigenous wines of Greece, before lunching at a nearby restaurant on a farm well-famed with the locals. The restaurant farms practically all of its own food. We’ll see to it that you are taken back to the port of Gavrio in time for your afternoon ferry UNLESS……
UNLESS You choose to take the option of three additional days at the villa for €600 a room (€300 per person)
Andros is a superb location for a holiday with lots of activities on offer. It is famous for its conducted hikes through lush woodlands, and this is one thing we will be offering as an optional extra on those additional days. Another optional offer will be an excursion to the beautiful town of Chora with a visit to the nearby modern Tsipouro Factory and visit to an olive oil factory. You may wish to simply enjoy holiday time at the beach or by the pool or explore the different parts of Andros on your own. It is up to you.
From your arrival at Gavrio port on the afternoon of the 23rd September to the end of the workshop on the afternoon of the 27th September included are: All accommodation, meals, which include wine (except at breakfast), winery visits and tastings, any other visits, transport, and your workshop leader. If the three additional days are also booked, only the accommodation is included for those days plus return transport to Gavrio port on the 30th.
What’s not included:
Flights or other transport to the tour start point and from the tour end point. Any discretionary tips. Any additional bottles of drink that you might wish to purchase for personal consumption later.
BOOKINGS for this Appreciation of Greek Wine Workshop must be made by Monday 10th June 2019, the latest date for which we can hold provisional reservations for this workshop.
Each tour is booked with a €200 non-refundable deposit per person to enable us to firmly secure transport and hotel accommodation (on applicable tours). The balance will later be payable by bank transfer 60 days before the tour commences.
Costs in Euros (€)
Cost of the 4-day workshop is €1200 per person based on two people sharing a room (about 263 GBP per person per day, at the time of writing). Single person supplement €500. Cost of a further 3 days at the villa is €300 per person based on two people sharing a room.
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