Domaine Costa Lazaridi Winery
Domaine Costa Lazaridi is the life's work of Costa Lazaridi. His winery in Adriani, Drama was founded in 1992 and named “Chateau Julia” in honor of his lovely wife. It is stunningly beautiful, and was designed by the local artist, Yianni Nanos, who also created the paintings that grace the Estate and the labels of its wines and spirits.
The company was listed in the Athens Stock Exchange in January 2000, and today has 545 acres of vineyards, 161,500 ft² of buildings, 100 personnel, and exports to 16 countries, and has ISO 9001:2000 certification for quality, as well as HACCP certification for safety.
Starting with a small 10 hectare vineyard, Domaine Costa Lazaridi now owns one of the biggest private linear vineyards in Greece, allowing complete self sufficiency (vertical integration). Grown in the meticulously maintained vineyards are the most well known Greek varieties, such as Assyrtiko and Limnio, along with international grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
The fertile Macedonian land, the ideal microclimate and the low yields, produce excellent grapes for the award winning Amethystos and Chateau Julia wines. To ensure the best possible quality, Domain Costa Lazaridi uses the most advanced technology, including a fully equipped laboratory, pneumatic presses, stainless steel tanks with electronic systems for temperature control, automatic bottling machines, and air-conditioned underground ageing and storage facilities. The ageing cellar for red wines is one of the most important areas of the Estate, where the wines stay between 12 and 18 months in 225lt oak barrels.
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The Estate’s facilities also include one of the most modern distilleries in Greece, if not the world. Pictured to the right are some of the estate's copper stills. Unique spirits come to life drop by drop inside ultra modern copper stills. Attention to details ensures the excellent quality of "Eau de Vie" Methexis Muscat distillate, and Idoniko Tsipouro (grappa). The strict selection specifications for the raw materials in combination with multiple distillations using fractional columns assure the finest taste, aroma and quality.
Just 30 minutes from Athens a new complex in Kapandriti, Attica - Oinotria Land - has been created by Costa Lazaridi. It includes a small winery supplied by a 20 hectare organically cultivated vineyard next to lake Marathon, a Museum detailing the past and present of winemaking, distillation and vinegar making (a small corner pictured to the left), as well as conference facilities, a church for weddings and baptisms, and reception facilities
The Kapandriti facilities are stunningly beautiful, and were also designed by the famous artist-architect, Yianni Nanos.
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Wines & Spirits Produced:
- Amethystos Cava
- Amethystos Red
- Amethystos Rose
- Amethystos Sauvignon Blanc
- Amethystos White
- Chateau Julia Assyrtiko
- Chateau Julia Chardonnay
- Chateau Julia Merlot
- Chateau Julia Refosco-Agiorgitiko
- Idoniko Tsipouro
- Idoniko Tsipouro Anise
- Methexis Eau de Vie Muscat
- Oenodea Cabernet Sauvignon Agiorgitiko Syrah
- Oenodea Malagousia Moscato Sauvignon Blanc
- Oenotria Land Cabernet Sauvignon-Agiorgitiko