The history and roots of the winery go back 70 years, when Vassilis Lafazanis started making wine in Piraeus. Some decades later, in 1960, the Lafazanis family built its first family-owned winery in Magoula, Attica, and turned it into an S.A. company. In 1993, Spyros Lafazanis, who had grown up steeped into the secrets behind the art of winemaking, decided to move the winery to Nemea, an area which he had grown to love at the beginning of his career as a young oenologist.
The winery is located in the very heart of the Peloponnese’s wine region, in the municipal district of Archaies Kleones (ancient Cleonae), Nemea. It lies within the PDO Nemea winegrowing zone, Greece’s largest one. The ruins of the Acropolis of the ancient town of Cleonae rise northeast of the winery. What is more, the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, a monument commemorating Hercules’ killing of the Nemea lion, the hero’s first and greatest labor, are all to be found between those two landmarks, right at the Lafazanis estate border. At a distance of 5.5 km, our visitors have access to the significant archaeological site of Nemea where sights include the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the site’s Museum.
The Lafazanis Winery cultivates 10 hectares of privately-owned vineyards surrounding Nemea facilities. The vineyards are perched on the slopes of Fokas Hill (alt: 240-500 m) and are mainly planted with Agiorgitiko, Cabernet Sauvignon, Assyrtiko Gewürztraminer, Tannat, and Syrah. Winemaker Spyros Lafazanis’ planting and viticultural pursuits proved the best school and life experience for him. The vineyard was designed so as to produce small yields that favor quality wine. The vineyard, belongs to a semi-mountainous, winegrowing and winemaking region with a diversity of microclimates, maximum absorption of sunshine, and a sloping terrain with excellent drainage.
“Tsipouro” (pomace brandy) is crafted at Nemea distillery. Cutting-edge fractional distillation unit of continuous 1000-liter batches produces the finest tsipouro. Only the pomace from carefully selected, ripe, and healthy grapes are used as raw material. It’s the only way of making sure that final distillate is gifted with the most delicate and sophisticated aromas that the Nemea grape varieties are capable of.
Visit the winery
Accessing the winery is easy via the junction of Aghios Vasilios-Archaies Kleones, at the 104-km mark of the Athens-Tripoli National Highway. The route is considered one of Greece’s most fascinating wine roads and destinations.
Enjoy the huge event hall where presentations, wine tasting, and seminars take place. Plan your next event! The winery premises are ideal for all kinds of events from small parties and large weddings to conferences.
The winery is open to visitors year round and it is easily accessible from the Aghios Vasileios–Archaies Kleones Junction, at the 104th-km mark of the Athens-Tripoli National Highway.
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