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Region: Cephalonia < Ionian Islands < Greece
Grapes: Tsaousi, Moscat, Vostilidi, Moschatela
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Biodynamic, dry-farmed 60-100 year old vineyards on limestone; fermented and aged in stainless steel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal SO2; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Vladis Sclavos
Cephalonia is the shimmering, turquoise-watered Greek island of your dreams. Here, vines seem to rise out of pure limestone. Vladis Sclavos is a mystic winegrower who biodynamically farms his tiny 4-hectare estate, where he names and talks to his vines. His focus on indigenous varietals and hands-off approach to winemaking is very unusual in greater Greece, where international varieties, big production and lots of manipulation are the norm. So, we were psyched to discover this wine, which channels Cephalonia’s limestone terroir so intensely that it transports you straight to this cave paradise. Textbook boat wine, the Alchymiste is super rocky, minerally, salty, limey – it’s your Greek margarita on the (limestone) rocks!