Wine Art Estate is a boutique winery established in 1993 in Drama by Yannis Papadopulous and Yannis Kalaizidis. Drama is located in a landlocked area bordering Bulgaria in the northern half of east Macedonia (see map below). While neglected as a wine growing region for centuries, beginning in the 1980s Drama slowly became widely recognized as one of the most important wine regions in Greece due to Wine Art Estate and other wineries such as Costas and Nicos Lazaridis, Ktima Manolesakis and Ktima Pavlidis.
Launched with state of the art winemaking equipment Wine Art Estate sources grapes from its own vineyard and neighboring leased vineyards. Winemaking is in the hands of Akis Papadopulous, Yannis’ son. The winery maintains high quality standards and likes to experiment. Creatively, it produces small quantities of wines with non-traditional Greek grapes such as Touriga Nacional and Nebbiolo and also puts Assyrtiko in oak. The most popular line of wines is Techni Alipias. It also produces several wines under the Idisma label.
The Wine Art Estate and other wines of Macedonia and Thrace will be featured in a forthcoming series of IWR reports on the Wines of Greece. The importer is Dionysos Imports.
Wine Art Estate 2020 Plano Assyrtiko Drama ($22) 90 Fresh green garden herbs, thyme, and lime show on the nose. Bright and fresh on the attack with fresh herbs like thyme and oregano. It appears to have lower acidity and less minerality compared to the Assyrtiko of Santorini but is a delicious wine.
Wine Art Estate 2020 Malagousia Drama ($19) 91 Malagousia was an extinct variety revived by winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou. In contract to Gerovassiliou’s heavily perfumed style, the Wine Art Malagousia displays a citrus, floral and mineral like nose with hints of vanilla and honeysuckle. It is also crisp and mineral like on palate and has good rich extract on the finish.
Wine Art 2020 Pink Bank Drama ($22) 89 A full bodied rosé, the Pink Bank is made of Touriga Nacional, a Portuguese grape not widely used in Greek wines. It is a light pink blush-colored wine that has bold flavors with hints of white pepper. Fresh and flavorful, it is dry and has a long finish.
Wine Art 2020 Idisma Drios Chardonnay ($22) 91 A richly flavored, full-bodied Chardonnay initially fermented in stainless steel and then racked to French oak for six months. It is richly aromatic of white stone fruit and honeysuckle, and on the palate it’s mouth filling and nicely integrated. Sourced from the Mikrochori and Kali Vrisi vineyards that enjoy cold winters and fresh north winds in summer.
Wine Art Estate 2018 Techni Alipias Red Drama ($25) 92 The Techni Allipia is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Agiorgitiko that offers dark plum and red berry fruit flavors and reveals a soft and silky texture. On the palate it is rich and concentrated with good balance, soft round tannins and a long finish. Aged for 12 months in 1/3 new French oak.