The grapes to produce the “Notios” White Gaia Wines were carefully selected and chilled to 4°C before being destemmed and pressed. Each variety was vinified separately with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 16°C, to preserve the varietal characters. Only the free-run must was retained from the Roditis grape variety. Fermentation lasted for approximately 20 days and the wines did not go through malolactic conversion resulting in a crisp style of wine. The Roditis, Moschofilero and Assyrtiko wines were expertly blended to create a wine with perfect balance.
The Moschofilero grapes (pronounced Mosho-FEEL- ero) come from the mountainous vineyards of Arcadia region, where the 15 year old vines are grown at an altitude of 700 metres and produce grapes with fruity characters and crisp acidity. The Roditis variety is grown at 900 metres altitude in upland Corinth, in a microclimate which imparts elegance to the resulting wine. The vines yield approximately 75 hectolitres per hectare and are grown in soils which are mainly limestone clay. The Assyrtiko grapes come from the slopes of Koutsi, which are planted at 600 metres above sea-level with a southwesterly orientation. The vines are 15 years old and are cultivated in marl on limestone soils.
Gaia Wines Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos who was one of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution . Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini.The Gaia Wines main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide.