Wine in Kefalonia

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Just back from a week in Katelios, a village on the south coast of Kefalonia. Two small ‘mini-markets’ (aptly named) were the only source of wine unless you had a car and could visit the local vineyards. Mostly white grapes grown. Actually not a bad choice in these shops and we enjoyed all of the above. Not especially cheap (not much is on the island) although there was plenty of bulk wines available in plastic bottles. We didn’t buy any but tried plenty in the local restaurants. Drinkable and only €6 a litre. Robola is the biggest co-op on the island as well as being the most common grape.

Rapsani (this is the wine on the left in the last photo), Mt Olympus, 2011, 13%, €9.50, blend xinomavro, krassato, stavroto. Ripe fruit, cherry, good acidity, complex, ruby colour, nice wine but faded by day 2.

San Gerasimo, Robola co-op, 2014, €9.40, San Gerasimo, 12.5, chalky nose, some spritz, reminded me of muscadet/picpoul.

Domaine Foivos, Keffallonian robola, 2013, 6.70, full flavor, some acidity, melon nose, almond finish vg, 12.5%.

Ainos Wines, Nefele, 2014, Tavianatos Vineyard, €6.30, syrah, CS, mavrodaphne, light ruby, bright acidity, some oak, Sangiovese like, cherry, good mouthfeel 12.5%. I thought this wine was the best value red we tried.

Linos red, 12.5%,nv, from Kefalonia but ‘blend of Hellenic grapes’, €6.45, least interesting so far, some spice, savour.

Robola of Cephalonia 2014, 12.5, €6.90, not as complex as other whites tried, chalky nose, some fruit. This wine, with its cloth bottle cover, is the most common up-market wine seen in the shops.

Domaine Siglas Mu 2013, Santorini, mandilaria and mavrotragano grapes, €13.50, 13.5%, dark red, sour cherry taste, some tannin and acidity, very good.

Atlantis Estate Argyros 2013, Santorini, assyrtiko 13.00%, €8.80, typical varietal nose, pale lemon colour, not complex, refreshing acidity, lemon and apricots. Is, or used to be, sold by M&S.

These last two (non-Kefalonian) wines came from a wine shop in Agostoli, the island capital.


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