Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras is produced using grapes from the foothills near the city of Patras in the North West Peloponnese. Although similar to Madeira and port it is lighter and fruitier. An ideal wine to have as an aperatif or as a dessert wine. A truly remarkable, luscious, full-bodied dessert wine produced from the Mavrodaphni grape which grows in the vineyards overlooking the gulf of Patra.
The grapes are harvested in August and sun dried before pressing. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for a minimum of one year using a solera system.
The Mavrodaphne wine possesses a Protected Designation of Origin – Patras. Mavrodaphne of Patras is a traditional wine of Greece. It is made from grape varieties unique to Greece. The wine was first made famous by Gustav Clauss, a Bavarian, who came to Greece with the Bavarian prince, Otto, who was offered the Crown of Greece in the 1830s. In 1864 the Mavrodaphne was introduced – so called in memory of Gustav’s fiancee, a black-haired Greek girl called Daphne, who had died before they were able to be married. In the succeeding 150 years it has become a famed wine of Greece.
Type: Red, sweet.
Region: Patras, Peloponnese
Ageing: Two years.