Ktima Gerovassiliou is a 153 acre vineyard located near the city of Thessaloniki, a Greek port city on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. The area is surrounded by sea on its three sides, producing a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. Soils are mainly sandy with clay substrates and calcareous rocks. It is rich in sea fossils, since the surrounding hilly area was formed by sea deposits.
Two white grapes, Malagousia and Assyrtiko, and three reds—Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano are grown on the estate. They also cultivate some French white varieties—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, in addition to a few reds, Syrah and Merlot. In parallel, Ktima Gerovassiliou always attempts new experimental cultivations of both Greek and foreign grapes.
Recently, I had the pleasure to sample a few of the white wines they make, which were quite delicious. If you can find them in your area, pick up a few bottles. If not, find them online and have them shipped.
Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia, Greece ($23)
The white wine has wonderful lemon, lime zest components that complement the pear and melon fruit flavors. Medium-bodied and light on its feet, this is a crowd pleaser that would make for a perfect porch sipper or paired with any fish or poultry dishes.
Domaine Gerovassiliou Estate White, Greece ($20)
This is a blend made from a few varieties you may not be familiar with—Malagousia and Assyrtiko. The 50-50 blend will knock your socks off. It’s a pretty flamingo dancer that excites and arouses the taste buds. Plenty of lemon, lime and orange notes leads to a long, pungent, delightful finish. Marc and I paired both wines with a grilled Asian inspired tuna dish with mango chutney, and Napa cabbage slaw. It was a really nice paring.