Olympia La La Land Winery
If you are a wine lover, this period is the best to visit the vineyard which is closest to you.
Mature grapes are everywhere and ready for selection. Wine bottles “wait” to get full of new year’s wine, “travel” to your dine table and be tasted with your company.
Our country is so blessed to have so many vineyards from the north to the south part. Peloponnese though, is the “queen” of vineyards, since many and famous ones are located in this area.
In this post, I will refer only to “Olympia Land Winery” which was the one that I had the chance to visit during my holidays.
It’s a family vineyard, located in Ancient Olympia and mainly consisting of the Moschofilero variety. “Ekecheiria” is its famous dry white wine of the varieties of Assyrtiko and Malagouzia. “Oreino Monopati”, “Pheidias”, “Olympia Land” are few of the labels that you will find during your visit. This vineyard organizes visits with groups or individuals the whole year and the friendly staff, is waiting to host everyone.
For the story, a vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture.
A vineyard is often characterized by its terroir, a French term loosely translating as "a sense of place" that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations, which may be imparted in the wine.
Vineyards are often on hillsides and on soil of marginal value to other plants. A common saying is that "the worse the soil, the better the wine." Planting on hillsides, especially those facing or south, is most often in an attempt to maximize the amount of sunlight that falls on the vineyard. For this reason some of the best wines come from vineyards planted on quite steep hills, conditions which would make most other agricultural products uneconomic. The stereotypical vineyard site for wine grapes is a hillside in a dry climate with a southern exposure, good drainage to reduce unnecessary water uptake, and balanced pruning to force the vine to put more of its energy into the fruit, rather than foliage.
Don’t miss to visit vineyards. Each one, either it’s well-known or not, has its “dizzy” story.
Smell the atmosphere, feel the aura, buy local products, taste wines.
*All photos - videos featured are taken by me