The island of Kos is well known for being the land of Hippocrates and medicine (and of course a popular holiday destination for those wanting sun, sea and sand). However, what many of the visitors to this beautiful Greek island do not realise is that it is also famous for it’s local products too.
Take for instance it’s fine local wine. The Winery Hatziemmanouil is an award winning Winery that has been in the family for generations. Techniques and methods are used that have been passed from Grandfather, father and to son.
The name Hatziemmanouil itself has been associated with great wine on this beautiful island of Kos, for many, many years. It is in fact quite recently though that the family name has been taken to a new dimension, the winery has expanded and the wine that is produced today is of medal winning quality!
Vineyards require a great deal of loving care, attention and nurturing. Vasilis and his beautiful wife Joanna (who was brought up in England, and they have 3 children), have dedicated years, producing and marketing the Hatziemmanouil label, and providing not just the island of Kos with their delightful selection of wines, but other islands in the Dodecanese too.
At this present time there are over 60 acres of vines that belong to the winery, with plans to increase this.
The grapes themselves as you will learn, are a variety, such as the Malagouzia and Asyritiko, the cosmopolitan Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rouge and Syrah. These delicious grapes (which are ripe and ready to pick during the month of August) are then combined and blended with various fruits, flavours, and even spices to give them all their distinctive taste.
There are six types of wine produced at this Winery.
The Hatziemmanouil Third Generation Rich Dessert Wine, (and one of Kosexplorer’s Team favourites), requires the oldest wine techniques, and takes time and patience as the grapes need to literally bake in the sun for 12 days, to produce that delicious honey colour and sweetness, and then the grapes (now practically sultanas) are delicately enhanced with hints of flavour from dried figs, and walnuts.
The Red Cabernet Sauvignon ‘SYRAH’ uses two of the grape varieties, and has a rich ruby colour, and an aroma of black pepper, vanilla, cherry and blackberry marmalade.
The Rose (Grenache Rouge), which is petal pink in colour, has an aroma of wild flowers and red fruits.
The White Malagouzia Asyrtiko, is a mixture of Asyrtiko and Malogouzia grapes, it has a fine colour and has a beautiful aroma of citrus, peach and wild flowers.
The White Asyritiko, made from Greek grapes, and has a classic refreshing taste, with a hint of vanilla, fruit and also wild flowers.
The Red ‘Syrah’ has an exquisite woody taste having matured for 12 months in French oak barrels. It also has hints of blackberry and a gentle aroma of sweet spices.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to know a good wine when you taste it, and there are certainly a few to tempt you. The winery has a friendly atmosphere, and you can purchase one of their bottles for as little as 8 euro, although you do not feel at all pressurised to do so.
Many of the local vines in Kos last winter were destroyed and damaged due to adverse weather conditions …. it seemed that the storm (with hail stones as large as golf balls), missed the Hatziemmanouil family vineyard. Which perhaps can only mean one thing….The Olympian Gods with their fondness for wine, were looking down on them!
The Hatziemmanouil Winery, is well worth a visit whilst in Kos.
For those of you that enjoy a glass or two, whether your preference is white, rose or red you won’t be disappointed.
It is also easy to find on the one main road from Kos-Kefalos, if you are coming from the Kos Town direction, head past the traffic lights of Tigaki and soon you will see it on your left hand side. Obviously,
if you are travelling from the other direction and you’ve reached the traffic lights, you’ve gone too far!
You are welcome to pass by, it is open to the public (sometimes they have a tour taking place also, with a Guide). You are free to roam and see for yourself how the wine is made and sample it if you desire. There is also a Reception Area, and if you have any questions at all, you may ask away!
Wine is also served by the glass at very reasonable prices (2 or 2.5 euro), and you can sit and relax and enjoy every sip on the terraced area overlooking the vast vineyards.
Bottles are available to buy (or to take away!). You can also purchase fantastic little Hatziemmanouil gift packs which contain 3 small bottles of the dry white, rose and red, which makes a perfect present for someone special.