Greek wine

Greek wine
What do you think of when you think of Greece? A holiday place, the cradle of democracy, philosophy & theatre, a bad guy in the European financial system? I give you another insight. Ancient Greeks spread the cult of Dionysus (later called Bacchus by the Romans), the God of Wine, using wine in their rituals to achieve oneness with their god. In facts, the word “enthusiasm” comes from Dionysian rituals. “En theou ousiasmos” means “in the divine essence”. Our mission is to make you as enthusiastic as possible. Nowadays, what usually Greece lacks in terms of nobility, if compated to a French chateau or to an Italian producer, Mega Spileo certainly does not miss: it has at least 1658 documented years of wine making. Mega Spileo means “big cave’ in Greek, and it was originally a monastery founded in the year 362 by the Thessalonian brothers Symeon and Theodore after they discovered in the "big cave" the icon of the Mother of God painted by Luke the Evangelist. Although the settlement suffered large-scale destructions in the years 849, 1400, and 1640, it was always comprehensively rebuilt, and remained an important centre of wine production, 800 meters above the sea-level, in Ottoman occupied Greece. Several of the monks residing there became members of the Filiki Etaireia and took part in the Greek War of Independence. On 8 December 1943, the German 117th Jäger Division destroyed the monastery and executed 22 monks and visitors as part of reprisals that culminated a few days later with the Massacre of Kalavryta. The monastery was rebuilt from the ground after the war. In 1999 CAVINO’s main shareholders Yiannis and Theodoros Anastassiou took over from the monks and established Mega Spileo Domaine bringing soon to Greek and international markets the highest quality wines from the vineyard. CAVINO is certified by ISO and IFS quality standards assuring its high-quality production level. Vineyards for this collection are organically farmed while yields are kept low. These are some of the most age worthy and high rated wines in Greece.