FOKIANO VARIETY

PHOTO-FOKIANO

From Fokiano, a variety of grapes which was first mentioned by a European traveler in the 15 th century, we produce a wine with special aroma, long aftertaste and bright ruby color. This variety is cultivated in terraced vineyards all over the island, the soil of which has given to the grape some very special properties. Fokiano makes not too thick clusters of medium-sized berries and its yield per 1.000m² is less than 500 kilos.

During its first two years the Fokiano variety produces fresh, high quality red wines which are characterized mainly by red forest fruit scents (red and white cherries, sour cherries, berries and blackberries). In the following 5 years their flavor evolves to ripe red forest fruit together with spices (usually white pepper), as well as scented shrubs, particularly reminding of the endemic species of Ikaria (rock rose, lemon balm, i.e.).

After 8-10 years this variety offers all of the above in a mixed marmalade flavor, creating wines which stick to the whole cavity of the mouth. From that point on, the wines are thick and their taste reminds a Greek grandma's spoon sweets and home-made liqueurs. In some cases, they turn to blood-red wines with scents of leather and strong plum liqueurs, depending on vintage. Tasting even one glass of an aged, over five-year- old, Fokiano wine is a worthwhile experience!

From the Fokiano variety we create the following red wines:

In our state-of- the-art winery:

  • «Icarus black» - dry red wine, aged in oak barrels for 12 months
  • «Icarus» - reddish (rosé) wine
  • «Tama - naturally sweet wine from overripe grapes
  • «Icarus» - dry red wine
  • «Afianes» - naturally sparkling brut rosé wine
  • «Icarus» - semi-sweet rosé wine

In our stone-made wine press with the outdoor wine hold (traditional method):

  • «Pithari» - dry red wine
  • «Nicaria» - dry red wine
  • «Pithari» - semi-sweet rosé wine
  • «TAMA» - sweet wine from overripe grapes