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In 1924, Kostas Semertzidis, the grandfather of winemaker Iordanis Michaelidis, leaves Asia Minor as a refugee and starts making wine in Kyrgia, Drama. The small family-owned winery begins to grow when Simos Michaelidis takes over and expands the Lagotopos vineyard in 1970, while laying a foundation towards the innovation of the production. The third generation, expressed through Iordanis Michaelidis, takes over in 2004 aiming at developing an advanced winery and producing high quality wines that combine current winemaking processes together with local tradition, in the best way possible. It is then when the first labels of the Domaine, Anthaleia and Melachro, are introduced.

History

A historical review

The construction of this modern winery began in 2004 in the region of Agios Athanassios in Drama, next to the largest part of the privately-owned vineyards, and was completed in 2005.

The winery includes the reception and processing area of the harvest, fermentation tanks, the ageing cellar equipped with French oak barrels, the bottling area equipped with an advanced bottling line, as well as the special area for the storage and ageing of the bottled wines.

This particular location was chosen with an aim of the quickest possible harvest transportation to the production line, something that the people of Domaine Michaelidi were able to achieve instantly.

On the same year, the winemaker and Domaine owner successfully bottles his first wines; Anthaleia made from Chardonnay – Sauvignon Blanc grapes and Melachro made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

The first varietal development of Domaine Michaelidi wines takes place three years later (2008) when after several experimental winemaking processes, the Cabernet Franc variety is added in Melachro thus creating a new experience and a new label: Pyli Red.

In 2011, it is time for Anthaleia to change and blend with another variety, the Assyrtiko grape. This new wine is now called Pyli White.

Meanwhile, in 2007, the varietal wines of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are brought into the bottling area of Domaine Michaelidi. This is achieved through observation and experimentation; these are exclusively made of varieties that grow in the privately-owned Lagotopos vineyard.

Vineyards

The heart of Domaine Michaelidi

In the regions of Agios Athanassios, Kyrgia, and Kefalari, Drama, is where the Domaine’s vineyards are sprawled; every one of them is family-grown, instilling tradition and producing ripen grapes.

The vineyard of the grandfather, Kostas Semertzidis, is located in the region of Kyrgia in Drama and grows Assyrtiko and Gewürztraminer grapes.

In the same region, we can find the “Palia Ampelia” vineyard as well as the Limni, Ai Giorgi and Lagotopos vineyards all growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Assyrtiko, Malagousia and Gewürztraminer.

One more vineyard is situated in the region of Agios Athanassios, Drama offering grape varieties such as Mavrotragano, Assyrtiko, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The most recent addition to Domaine Michaelidi is a vineyard in the region of Kefalari that grows the Greek grape variety, Mavrotragano.
The third generation, expressed through Iordanis Michaelidis, takes over in 2004 aiming at developing an advanced winery and producing high quality wines that combine current winemaking processes together with local tradition, in the best way possible. It is then when the first labels of the Domaine, Anthaleia and Melachro, are introduced.

Winery

Discover the Winery at Domaine Michaelidi

Located in the region of Agios Athanassios in Drama, and just a few minutes away from the vineyard, is where the magic happens for Domaine Michaelidi. The winery is where each and every necessary task takes place for the wine making process in the Domaine.

This is where all grape harvest is received, shortly after its gathering, and where the winemaking process begins at the modern facilities that equip the production unit.

The winery equipment includes 18 stainless steel tanks, as well as 55 French oak barrels located in the specially customised air-conditioned cellar where the harvest will be stored for enhanced ageing.

The winery is where the bottling process is carried out through an advanced production line, aiming at successfully producing wines of supreme quality.
Visit and explore the winery by appointment.
The vineyard of the grandfather, Kostas Semertzidis, is located in the region of Kyrgia in Drama and grows Assyrtiko and Gewürztraminer grapes.

In the same region, we can find the “Palia Ampelia” vineyard as well as the Limni, Ai Giorgi and Lagotopos vineyards all growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Assyrtiko, Malagousia and Gewürztraminer.

One more vineyard is situated in the region of Agios Athanassios, Drama offering grape varieties such as Mavrotragano, Assyrtiko, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The most recent addition to Domaine Michaelidi is a vineyard in the region of Kefalari that grows the Greek grape variety, Mavrotragano.

The third generation, expressed through Iordanis Michaelidis, takes over in 2004 aiming at developing an advanced winery and producing high quality wines that combine current winemaking processes together with local tradition, in the best way possible. It is then when the first labels of the Domaine, Anthaleia and Melachro, are introduced.

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