domaine gioulis

In 1993, George Gioulis agronomist - oenologist, with studies at the University of Bordeaux, founded the winery Domaine Gioulis and planted his first vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in his place of origin, Klimenti. This vineyard is one of the first organic vineyards in Greece.

Domaine Gioulis SA is situated in the province of Corinth, close to the valley of Nemea on the Peloponnese peninsula. The brothers George and Konstantinos Gioulis together with the second generation Dimitris and Ermioni take care of the only Greek winery that holds the only NOP certification in Greece. Since the late 90s Gioulis has been able to achieve the Greek organic DIO certification. Their dedication to preserve the Greek heritage in winegrowing is obvious.

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The village of Klimenti, where the winery and the vineyards are located is built on the green slopes of the Mount Ziria, in northern Peloponnese, at an altitude of 900 meters and at a distance of 42 kilometers from Corinth city. It is one of the oldest villages of Corinth department, built in 1400 AD.
Klimenti, adjoins the mountainous vineyards of the Protected Designation of Origin Nemea, while in 1994 was recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Klimenti.

Over the years the Domaine Gioulis expanded its vineyards. Actually, the vineyards consist of 60 acres/8ha, planted in three locations close to the winery; on slide slopes from 800 to 1000 meters of altitude. These characteristics of the climate give to the wines a minerality and length that is rare for hot-climate wines. Even very hot and dry years do not affect the quality of the wines. The location close to the valley of Nemea has another speciality: the southern Mediterranean microclimate balanced by the mountain breeze from the Ziria mountains.
The climate in Klimenti is semi-continental with heavy winters and cool summers which favors the application of the organic farming. In particular, during the growth season, the climate is sunny with adequate rainfall and cool northerly winds, thereby contributing to the absence of insects and the reduced diseases.

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The summer months are almost dry, with big differences in temperatures between day and night. The temperature does not exceed 30 ° C during the midday hours.
As a result the grapes mature well and obtain concentrated, elegant fragrances and a characteristic crisp acidity. The harvest begins after the grapes have reached optimal maturity and it is performed manually.

Domaine Gioulis’ wines have won several awards and high acclaims from Food & Drinks 2002 in Greece, Prowein 2002 in Germany and Detrop 2003 in Greece. The 2001 vintage received a Silver medal at the 2003 International Wine Competition in Thessalonica.