“Vaimaki Family” is the urban winemaking project of oenologist Vasilis Vaimakis. An oenologist with vast winemaking experience, Vaimakis is also one of the first oenologists of Greece who explored the limits of natural vinification of Greek grapes with zero sulfites. Although Eklektikon’s portfolio is centered around growers, Vaimaki Family is the only exception to the rule, in order to represent the first Greek vintages of no-added-sulfite wines, under the iconic and ever-changing label “Mater Natura”.
Vaimaki Family - Aperos Gaea Pet Nat 2020
Amyndeo (or “Amyntaio”) constitutes one of the most alpine climates of Greece, surrounded by lakes and at an altitude of over 600m. This makes it ideal for the production of sparkling wines from the humidity loving Xinomavro grape and makes Amyndeo the only PDO (premier tier appellation) region for sparkling wines.
Vaimaki Family - Popolka WHITE 2020
100% “Popolka”, the actual name of Xinomavro before the 70’s. A natural, zero-zero blanc de noir (this is a white wine made from red grapes - basically the opposite of an orange wine!) Xinomavro, from its birthplace in the lake terroir of Amyndeo, from the master of the kind, Vasilis Vaimakis.
- Vinification: Blanc de noir from organically farmed Xinomavro grapes, fermented by its native yeast with some temperature control in stainless steel, free run, and raised for another 5 months in stainless before bottled unfiltered, unfined, unsulfured. It went through full malolactic in the bottle.
- Notes: cloudy appearance in the glass, hint of effervescence, spicy aromas and an electric and tactile palate with pear and citrus fruit.
Vaimaki Family - Popolka RED 2018
The elderly around Amyndeo still call it “Popolka”, the actual name of Xinomavro before the 70’s. A natural, zero-zero red Xinomavro, from its birthplace in the lake terroir of Amyndeo.
- Vinification: From organically farmed Xinomavro grapes, fermented by their native yeast with some temperature control in stainless steel, a few days of maceration, and raised for another 5 months in stainless and 12 more in neutral barriques, before bottled unfiltered, unfined, unsulfured (zero additives).
- Notes: Brick red with intense pomegranate, cherries and leather notes on the nose and hints of hay, with a surprisingly clean light to medium bodied palate with ripe cherries, bright acidity and playful tannins.