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Hello winelover! If you feel that wine-speak is not for you, you will be happy to know that I talk about wine like I talk about people and nature. Communicating in simple terms works best for all of us. Wine is so much fun and that's why I am so serious about it!

Effi drinks wine and she loves it.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Winemaker: Stamatis Mylonas Part 2

Young Winemakers and Wine professionals of Greece


 In case you missed Part 1, please click here.

In a vineyard including vines, that are counting 100 years, Stamatis is producing wines that have a clear Greek heritage but are also modern and sophisticated.

This is the second part of the interview. In a future post, tasting notes of Mylonas Winery wines will be included.


Do you organize activities in the Estate you work for? If, yes, please specify and comment on their impact on the sales and communication. If not, what are your plans for the future?

We try to organize activities in our estate or to participate in more general activities concerning wine. We hope will be more active in the future when our winery will be completed.
In my opinion, it is extremely important for every winery  to give the opportunity to people to “get to know” their wines and vines.  In addition, I believe that the personal contact with the consumer, is the best advertisement one can obtain. We try to be in touch with the consumer and give them the opportunity to visit the winery and get fascinated by wine. A personal contact and a fine wine have a positive result both in communication and  in sales afterwards .

Beautiful scenery

Assyrtiko vines

A little something About You:

My wife always says that I can’t think of anything else but wine!!! I enjoy spending my free time with her, my two small children and with good friends. Traveling around the world is something I really love to do, meeting new people, exploring new traditions and food.  I always enjoy a nice movie that relaxes me at home. I also wish I had time to swim a bit more.

Last but not least, do you export in the UK? If yes, who is your importer or distributor? If not, would you be interested in doing so?

We do export in the UK. I consider UK market to be one of the most difficult. Our wines are imported by Yamas Wines ( and Just Great Wine (

Mylonas' wine selection

If you wish to know more about Stamatis and Mylonas winery then use the following information: 
Mylonas Winery : Keratea Attica, 19001, Greece 
Tel. +302299068156
 Fax +302299068256

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À bientôt

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Winemaker: Stamatis Mylonas Part 1

Young Winemakers and Wine professionals of Greece


 Stamatis Mylonas


  Stamatis is one more winemaker, who I haven't met in person, yet I feel that I have understood quite well his norms and values in the cellar and the vineyard. His winery is located in Keratea, Greece and in its 12 hectares several Greek and international varieties are planted: Assyrtiko, Savatiano, Malagousia, Agiorgitiko, Mandilaria, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vineyard practises ensure low yields and high quality grapes. Stamatis, his wife and their two children are the soul and spirit of this almost one century old winery.
When was the first time you realised that you are a dedicated wine lover and decided that your future would be associated with the wine industry? Which factors played the most crucial role to this decision?

I don’t remember myself being anything else than a wine lover! I was “born and raised” this way, I started walking and talking in this vineyard and this winery. My grandfather and my father were winemakers, as well. I’ve always considered this procedure to be magical; from the planting and cultivation of the vines till the wine making process and the ageing of our wines. The feeling of being creative is the most important one and this is what keeps giving me the strength to go on despite the exhausting long hours of work. I am glad that my two brothers and I follow the footsteps of our family.

  Tell me about your background in the wine world, including harvests, studies, projects or qualifications. 

As I mentioned I was raised in our family winery, so I guess that I have been in plenty of  harvests in my 35 years of age. Although, I have done the last 10 harvests as the Head Oenologist. Moreover, I have a Bachelors' degree in Chemistry with a specialisation in Oenology. I was also very lucky to have studied under the valuable guidance of Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, the only Greek Master of Wine in the Greek department of WSET School until the Diploma Level. I feel that this is something really significant in my until now career.

Being part of the new wave of Greek Wine Industry generation, which 3 things you would change in the industry, including vineyard management, oenological techniques, communication, marketing e.t.c.?

In the Greek wineries, I believe that we have gained the expertise and we also have the technological equipment needed to make fine wines. In my opinion, what is missing  is a new revolutionary generation of winemakers, like the one of the  Oenologists in the 90s. Of course, producing premium Greek wines is not enough if you can’t sell them. At this point there are the other top two milestones. Communication strategies and Marketing techniques, especially in the International Market, are the two areas that need a lot of work

Stamatis sampling wine from the tank

       Many wine-journalists suggest that Greece’s point of difference is the amount of its indigenous varieties and that in order to differentiate itself in the wine world, winemakers should focus on them. On the other hand, others claim that we should also cultivate international varieties, in order to keep up with the world’s competition. What is your point of view regarding this subject?

I reckon that the answer is somewhere in-between, the presence of Greek and international varieties is necessary. Sure, the indigenous varieties give us a unique advantage in foreign markets. On the other hand, Greek premium wines made from International varieties could assist with the recognition of the quality of the Greek vineyards in an  international level.

Which Greek variety and which international are your favourites and why? Please, explain your affiliation and say a few words about the variety itself. Do you grow them in the estate you are working for? 

      My two favourite grape varieties are Assyrtiko and Savatiano. I appreciate Assyrtiko's uniqueness and adaptability in different soils and climates, with the most reputable the one of Santorini. Moreover, it has evolves beautifully through time. Savatiano is the variety that mostly intrigues me. It has a surprisingly good dynamic that I continue discovering year after year. I believe that it is a variety that has a lot to show. We cultivate both of those varieties and we experiment with them every year. As far as the the international varieties is concerned, I would like to distinguish Riesling that unfortunately we can't cultivate in Attica due to the climate but I would love to vinify it. 

The great-grandfather of Stamatis planted this vine

This Savatiano vine is 100 years old

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