Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery


In Kounavi, a village that lies in the heart of the Appellation zone of Peza in Crete, we make wine from the island’s indigenous grape varieties since 1973 basing upon our knowledge and passion; we bring the special characteristics of the international grape varieties to spotlight and exploit the viniculture potential of our homeland.

The name of the village where our winery is situated is a great proof of the long winemaking tradition, since it is directly related to the historical wine-presses “Kanaves” that are found on the islands of the Archipelago.

At MEDITERRA Winery we create wines that are distributed in Greece and in more than 20 countries all over the world. Our wines have been awarded medals as much in domestic as in international wine competitions. Certified for quality systems both in the vineyard and the final products, we continue offering unique wines for all of you who consider wine as lifestyle!

The terroir of the vineyards we select, the positive energy, the healthy mood, the passion and the deep knowledge comprise the perfect conditions for the creation of wines that offer unique experiences.

 

Mediterra Winery – Creta Olympias S.A. was founded in 1973. The winery is located in Kounavi in Crete’s Nicos Kazantzakis district, in Heraklion/Crete. The company engages in the production, bottling and distribution of high value wines.

 

An important turning point in the company’s history occurred in 2005, when DEMCO Group acquired the Creta Olympias winery. Its owner Demetres Contominas isn’t just a successful, multi-faceted businessman mainly in the insurance and media sector, but also a passionate wine connoisseur. Under the new ownership, a radical restructuring of the business takes place, with the aim of establishing the company among the elite of Greek wine production. This is achieved by making the international audience aware of the indigenous Cretan varieties, by exploiting the potential of international varieties on the Cretan terroir and implementing their experience also outside of Crete.

 

To this aim, a 2.5 million Euro investment plan has been carried out in an effort to place the winery in a leading position among Greece’s best equipped wineries. Modern technology, a quality management system, but above all the constant work in the vineyard open up a new era for the winery.

 

Mediterra Winery – Creta Olympias S.A. is one of the few wineries in Greece that have been certified for the following quality systems by TÜV Austria: the Total Quality Management standard EN ISO 9001:2008 and HACCP standard EN ISO 22000:2005. 2008 has brought a new certification for the winery which gives the opportunity for the production of wines made of organically grown grapes (by DIO) according to the European Regulation (E.C.) 834/2007.

 

The company produces the brand ranges:

-          MEDITERRA WINERY comprises wines that shine with innovation, premium quality and Mediterranean flair.

The most sought after among these are Xerolithia (w), Mirambelo (r) and Mediterra (w, r, rosé), as well as the limited release Pyrorago (r), Anassa (w) and the organic Antama (r). The series’ newest innovation are Silenus Beta (w) and Silenus Kappa-Sigma (r) and the Sauvignon Blanc (w) and Syrah (r).

-          CRETA OLYMPIAS offers all Greek classics, as well as the successful Creta Olympias Vin de Crete (white, red and rosé) and the well known dessert wines like Mavrodaphne, Muscat of Samos and Muscat of Patras.

The company is the exclusive importer & distributor for the domestic market of the famous wines “Espiritu de Chile” (Chile), “Espiritu de Argentina” (Argentina), “Golden Kaan” (South Africa) and the wines of the French actor, Gerard Depardieu.

 

Finally, in the production, sales, marketing and export departments, well-trained employees take care of the day to day procedures. More than 40% of production is enjoyed in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Mediterra Winery – Creta Olympias S.A. was founded in 1973. The winery is located in Kounavi in Crete’s Nicos Kazantzakis district, in Heraklion/Crete. The company engages in the production and bottling of high value wines made of indigenous and international wine grape varieties.

 

When DEMCO Group acquired the Creta Olympias Winery, in 2005, an important turning point occurred in the company’s history, which entered a phase of radical restructuring with the aim of establishing the company among the elite of Greek wine production.  To this aim, a 2.5 million Euro investment plan has been carried out in an effort to expand the production capacity through the purchase of new stainless steel tanks and technological equipment, the modernization of the bottling facilities, the improvement of the winery’s facilities, the creation of a new wine cellar with capacity of 400 barriques and barrels and the creation of a wine tasting room.

 

A new family under the distinctive title MEDITERRA WINERY with a new corporate logo is the result of this evolution. The new title seals the turning point naturally occurred in the company’s course through the years. It was of great essence to express & state the evolution – reflected both in the quality of winemaking as well as in the dynamic expansion of the winery in new markets & innovative activities – with a new spirit of growth & functioning.

The Mediterranean Sun is the winery’s new trademark. The vitalizing energy of the sun in the Mediterranean offers great inspiration, intense aromas & colours to the natural environment, positive & healthy mood to its people, the well-known Mediterranean temperament.

 

 The island of Crete constitutes one of the leading ambassadors of the Mediterranean Cuisine & Lifestyle. Having Crete as starting point the winery focuses in making the international audience aware of the indigenous Cretan varieties, exploiting the potential of international varieties on the Cretan terroir and implementing its experience also outside of Crete.

Nowadays, the winery has leading position in the Cretan wine industry, disposing of fully equipped and modern facilities in the heart of the appellation zone of Peza and well trained employees in the production, sales, marketing and export departments.

Red     Red
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Mirambelo
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Pyrorago
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Antáma
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Mediterra
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Silenus Kappa Sigma
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Syrah
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Vino Nano
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Vin de Crete

White     White
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Άnassa
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Xerolithia
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Mediterra
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Silenus Beta
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Sauvignon Blanc
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Vino Nano

Rosé     Rosé
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Rodeili
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Mediterra
Creta Olympias, MEDITERRA Winery Vin de Crete

Contact Person:

Street: Kounavi
State: Herakleion
Municipality: N. Kazantzakis
Area: Herakleion
Postal Code: 70100

Telephone:
+30 210 6009828, +30 2810 741383
Cellphone:  
E-mail: export@mediterrawines.gr

Visit Hours:

Every day after telephone confirmation, Monday to Friday, 08:00-16:00

Weekends after telephone confirmation

 


Contact Info:

MEDITERRA WINERY – CRETA OLYMPIAS S.A.

Kounavi, Municipality of Nikos Kazantzakis
70100
Herakleion, Crete, Greece
 
Telephone: +30 210 6009828, +30 2810 741383
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