Featured "Friend of Hornell Hall" - Panagiotopoulos Wines
Greek wines and winemaking pre-dates the French and Italians. In fact, winemaking has its roots in ancient Greece and it was the Greeks that taught the western hemisphere about the art of winemaking. Interestingly, Greece's climate and landscape provides the ideal components to making some of the worlds most unique and elegant wines.
Nestled in the the area of Pachimari, in Pirgos Trifilias, Messinia, a region in the Peloponnese area of Greece, Dimitris Panagiotopoulos and family established Panagiotopoulos Wines in 1982. Located 400 meters above sea level, Panagiotopoulos Wines has since produced some of Greece's most award-winning wines and unique varietals. In addition to some of the international grapevines, such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Panagiotopoulos Wines also produces indigenous Greek varietals, such as Malagouzia, Asirtiko and Agiogitiko.
In 2014 and 2015, Panagiotopoulos Wines were the featured wines during Hornell Hall's Wine Tasting events. Dimitris, along with wine chemist and winemaker Yiannis Flerianos, from Greece attended and provided educational lectures on the history of Greek wines and the art of appreciating wine. This event was further supported by the European Union.
Wine Times of Hong Kong wrote an article on Greek wines, with a focus on Panagiotopoulos Wines, entitled, "It's All Greek, but its All Good." To access this article, please click here.