Paros

Paros-[ ]-Corelli Wine-Greek Wine

REGION

​In the heart of the Aegean Sea lies a traditional and mythical, yet modern and vibrant island named Paros. The combination of the fascinating architecture of the rural villages and ruins, with bustling nightlife and beaches create a paradox so enchanting and unique, that it’s hard to leave this island without feeling fulfilled. Whether you want to get lost in the winding narrow alleyways of Naoussa before stumbling upon a local taverna (and take delight in the famous Moraitas wines), or enjoy the world-renowned Greek hospitality dancing the night away in Parikia, there is something for everyone. 

 The history of Paros dates back to 3200 BC in the Cycladic Era, when the island was first inhabited. According to mythology, the capital of Parikia was built by the first king of Paros, the Cretan Alkaios, who shortly the gave the island the honorific name of Minoa due to it’s fertile land and excellent strategic position in the centre of the Cyclades. Paros also became known during that time for its high-quality marble, with masterpieces such as The Temple of Apollo on Delos, the statue of Hermes at Olympia and other fine artefacts and objects. Beautiful monasteries, chapels and churches built after the fall of the Roman Empire can still be seen today, with the Church of Ekatontapilliani in Parka being considered as the most important Byzantine monument of Greece. It is believed to have been built for the mother of Constantine the Great, Saint Helena. 

From farm to table, the delicacies of Paros provide a magical simplicity, with each dish using influences from the Anatolian and Venetian cultures that have helped to shape the land. After thousands of years of refinement and perfecting, the islander’s paternal wines and great wine-making lineage build complexity into simple wines of rustic flavours. The wine making tradition of Paros dates back to the Cycladic Era, with the indigenous grape variety of Monemvasia held as the flagship of the island, and benchmark for all other Malvasia wines in Greece and across the world. 

Terroir 

The strong meltemia (summer winds), minimal rainfall and vast flat landscapes allow for 1,200 acres of the island to be taken up by vineyards. Parian vines are cultivated on sandy and abundant calcareous soil that has occurred over years of erosion from Mount Profits Elias. A metre underneath the island soil, lies another feature which adds to the success and unique nature of Paros wine: Parian Marble. Incredible and vast marble structures lie underneath the vines, locking the limited rainfall into the topsoil, and allowing the grapes to ripen wonderfully as fresh water settles around the vine roots. 

Vines 

The Parian vines are grown freely using a system called aplotaries in the more mountainous areas of the centre of the island. Here, the young shoots grow horizontally and freely in bush-like form. This results in vines covering and swamping the floors of the planting areas, seeking protection from the strong winds and keeping the shortest path from fruit to nutrient-giving bountiful soil. The combination of well-hydrated vines with sandy, calcareous, well-draining soils, creates sweet floral flavours in the grapes.  The majority of the island vines are of the white Monemvassia and red Mandilaria varieties. These grapes create a wonderful and unique red wine when mixed together, with the white grape adding aroma whilst softening the roughness of the red. Distinctive, wild and ancient, the wines of Paros are not to be missed.