Every wine lover or connoisseur appreciates an estate with its own private vineyards. The location of Kinsterna and its vineyards plays a crucial role in the production of exceptional wines: constant sunshine and the gentle Aegean breeze which continually circulates through the vineyards combine with soils rich in clay -resulting in wines with dramatic sensorial qualities.
Proud of its fertile vineyards and their reputation, Kinsterna today produces three exceptional wines from local Greek varietals, primarily Kidonitsa, Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko and Monemvasia. The estate’s white wine casts a citrusy spell, with notes of bergamot and quince, while the rosé boasts a strong fruity aroma with hints of cherry, strawberry and rose. You will surely enjoy Kinsterna’s red wine with its aromatic intensity of red fruits and plum, hints of sweet spices, pepper, cinnamon and even a smokey note, thanks to its careful ageing in oak barrels for over 5 years.
The estate also has another wine-surprise: In 2010, the sweet “Malvasia” wine produced from the sun-dried grapes from our vineyards’ varietals (Monemvasia, Assyrtiko, Kidonitsa, Asproudes) was awarded PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status for the Monemvasia region. This was achieved despite the attempts by wine producers in France, Spain, Italy and even Crete to claim exclusive patrimony of this wine. Finally, after monumental efforts by Greek oenologists and historians, they were able to prove that this wine actually originated in Monemvasia, as the name “Malvasia” confirms.
The legendary wine “Monemvasia-Malvasia” (Malmsey) has been produced since at least 1340 A.D., when it was used during the coronation of the Patriarch of Kiev, and for 4 centuries it dominated the wine markets in both the East and West.
From the above-mentioned varietals grown in Kinsterna’s vineyards a new, experimental production was attempted. After ageing in oak barrels for 24 months, “Monemvasia-Malvasia” was first bottled in 2013 and is now made available in limited quantities exclusively for visitors and guests.
Today’s PDO designation rightfully recognizes the oenological heritage of the region and Kinsterna’s role in preserving and defending it.