The winery is located in Kallithea of Patras, in western Greece. Patras is Greece’s third largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in nothern Peloponnese, 220km west of Athens. Due to its strategic position, the city is a sea trade hub.
The winery is 8 kilometers far from the city centre and borders the former communities of Ovrya, Thea, Chalandritsa and Pavlokastro. The altitude of the area ranges from 180 to 458 meters.
Peloponnese, a mountainous area, has two main wine-growing sections divided by the mountains that run it through: the central – eastern side and the western side. The latter streches from the northern slopes of mount Panachaikon, following the Ionian sea coast, to Messinia. Most notable vineyards are those of Achaia. The area has a mild Mediterranean climate, due to the favorable impact of the Corinthian Gulf sea and the protection and cool winds coming from the mountains of central Greece and central Peloponnese.
Kallithea (Greek: Kallos=beauty and thea =view), as suggested by its name, is a blessed place for grape growing. Its reputation lies in the location of the vineyards on the slopes, the soil composition and the special climate characterised by drought and bright sunshine during maturing period and cool sea breeze throughout the year. These elements make Kallithea Patras an ideal location for viticulture and this is the reason why the wines produced are classified as designation of origin.
In recent years, Achaia has shown significant progress in the wine sector. The beginning of this great wine growing tradition can be found in ancient times.
Kallithea is the place where Dionysus, the god of grape harvest and wine, was raised by Hyades. Hyades, rain nymphs, undertook the protection of the God, when Zeus was forced to hide the illegal fruit of his love for Semele from the wrath of Hera.
But leaving mythology aside, a number of artefacts dating to early historic times during the Mycenanean era, evince a prosperous life in the region. The findings of the two Mycenaean cemeteries – vessels for wine use – demonstrate that the role of Kallithea in the ancient world was important and confirm its reputation as a major vineyard.
The Mycenaean era was the source of inspiration for the new logo of the company, which constitutes an artistic rendering of the Mycenaean syllabic writing of the word “Wine”.