Ktima Avantis is located in the village of Mytikas on the island of Evia about 43 miles from Athens [see map below]. The Mountrichas family has grown grapes in this area since the 19th century. Today the winery is managed by winemaker Apostolos Mountrichas along with his winemaker-wife-partner Lenga Grigoriadou. They make well-crafted wines from both indigenous and international grape varieties grown in vineyards at 250-500m elevation. Fortunately, the winery and vineyards escaped the forest fires that ravaged much of the island in 2021.
Evia has a very long winemaking tradition. In his epic poem Iliad, Homer referred to its vineyards. The Ktima Avantis winery is located in the center of the island not far from the sea. Its proximity to Athens and the Evripos bridge that links Evia to the mainland make it a popular tourist destination. Total production is about 25 thousand cases. Ktima Avantis also has a winery on the island of Santorini named Anhydrous.
There are other wineries on Evia Island which are producing premium wines. They include Vriniotis Winery, reviewed by IWR in a previous blog article.
The US Importer is Dionysos Imports.
Ktima Avantis 2020 Estate White Evia ($14) 89 Medium yellow straw. A floral perfume with hints of stone fruit and lemon zest shows on an appealing nose. Full in the mouth with good freshness and rich citrus on a nicely balanced and easy drinking palate. A blend of Viognier and Assyrtiko 12.5% alc.
Ktima Avantis 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Evia ($17) 90 This is a riper style of Sauvignon Blanc showing attractive herb-accented grapefruit on the nose. It’s well balanced in the mouth, again with ripe fruit flavors but also refreshing acidity. Especially appealing as an aperitif wine. Fermented in stainless steel with four months on the fine lees. 12.5% alc.
Ktima Avantis 2017 Agios Chronos Evia ($35) 92 Savory aromas of loam, cracked pepper, and mesquite are complemented by the fruit scents of dark berries. The palate is big and round with dense black fruit and slate like minerals. While dry, the tannins are round and wrapped in the wine’s impressively rich flavors. Made from cofermented 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier of selected blocks of the estate vineyard. The winemaker is Apostolos Mountrichas. Aged 12 months in new French oak. 14% alc.
Ktima Avantis 2013 Mavrokoudoura Evia ($28) 91 The Mavri Koudoura, a clone of Mandilaria, is a rare ancient variety from Evia. Dark ruby in color, it offers black fruit along with dark, earthy loam and spice on the nose. It’s soft on the attack with good structure and acidity on a silky-textured palate of dark fruit and licorice. Ready to drink now. Matured 12 months in barrel. 13% alc.
Ktima Avantis 2018 Syrah Evia ($17) 90 Lighter in color and flavor than the Agios Chronos, the Syrah is also more accessible. It offers good richness of ripe black and red fruit with excellent freshness and fine firm tannins. Should pair well with a wide variety of meat dishes. Sourced from the hills of Ouro Dilfi in central Evia. Fermented and macerated 25 days followed by 12 months maturation in used barrels and bottled unfiltered. 13.9% alc.