The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 km from Katakalo, 12 km from Pyrgos and 32 km from Ancient Olympia. The estate is extensive with over 150 years of history in the production of quality wine and olive oil. It belongs to the Mercouri family and was founded in 1864 when Theodoros Mercouri, a cosmopolitan and successful&n... Read more
The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 km from Katakalo, 12 km from Pyrgos and 32 km from Ancient Olympia. The estate is extensive with over 150 years of history in the production of quality wine and olive oil. It belongs to the Mercouri family and was founded in 1864 when Theodoros Mercouri, a cosmopolitan and successful businessman,bought the land that would eventually became the Mercouri Estate. There followed a few years later the planting of the first vineyard with Refosco grapes that were imported from Northern Italy. In the late 19th century, wine from the estate was exported to various parts of Europe while at the same time, the estate, quickly become renowned in Ilia, supplying the surrounding region for many decades with the Refosco grape.In 1930, Leonidas Mercouri developed a modern wine production facility for the day, with underground cellars for approximately 300 tonnes of wine that remained in use up until 1960. Since 1985, the 3rd and 4th generation of the family began a new, more systematic effort to revitalise the winemaking activities with the production of more standardised wines. Work was undertaken to reconstruct properties, wine production premises were modernised and extended and the vineyards were replanted, while in 1992 the Mercouri Estate became a private family limited company. Today the company, Mercouri Estate AE is operated by brothers Vassilis and Christos Kanellakopoulos, the 4th generation of the family. The estate vineyards are located beside the family residence and in two nearby locations, with a total area of approximately 45 acres. The land and the climate are particularly well-suited for the production of high-quality wines and the vineyards are certified for Best Farming Practice.The estate grows more than 15 varieties of grape of both Greek and international origin, from which the wines are produced. In addition to the production of wines and olive oil, the Mercouri Estate is also active in the tourism sector, welcoming large and small parties of friends of nature and wine. Tours allow for the possibility to visit the wine production facilities, vineyards and olive groves of the estate, as well as the small folklore museum which houses a collection of old rural tools and instruments. Guests are also permitted to walk among the trees and to the beach and come into contact with the beautiful nature that surrounds the estate. Tours end with a sampling of products from our estate under old pine trees, with views to the Ionian Sea and the island of Zante. Read less
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