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T-Oinos, Tinos

"There is so much energy to these wines, that comes straight through the granitic soils of white and blue marbles... what more can you say than perfection...." Ophelie Neiman, Le Monde.

On the harsh, hilly landscape in the centre of the island of Tinos lie the vineyards of Alexandre Avantangelos.

Greek born, he moved to France at the age of 17 and, on his return to Greece, he brought an engrained love of french culture with him. He saw the potential of what his vines could become and he transformed the boulder filled, waterless earth into an internationally-acclaimed vineyard. Creating wines of energy and elegance from the granitic soils of white and blue marble, it is truly amazing achievement borne out by the vividness of wine in bottle.

His vision, along with the help of a team of equally impassioned and ambitious peers, saw the true potential of what these vines could become and, together, they transformed the boulder filled, waterless earth into an internationally-acclaimed wine producing vineyard. "There is so much energy to these wines, that comes straight through the granitic soils of white and blue marbles... what more can you say than perfection...." Ophelie Neiman, Le Monde.

Ī¤hanos Fakorelis is the extremely experienced enologist who undertook the task of pairing the varieties to the local Tinos Island environment and set up a vineyard capable of producing a range of expressively intense, deep and concentrated wines. Along with Stephane Deronancourt, the two of them look after the whites and red respectively, with astounding results. The whites burst with minerality and boast salinity expressive of Tinos' volcanic soils and maritime proximity. The reds show massively brooding depths of dark fruit, leather, tar and liquorice - and each show huge ageing potential.