The Artemis Karamolegos Winery ’s roots go back to 1952, when grandfather Artemis cultivated his vines and produced wine for his own family, selling off the surplus to the rest of Santorini and thence to the rest of Greece.
“Since I can remember myself I was following my grandfather around and taking part in the all the activities – planting, pruning, harvesting. Generally, I liked dealing with the land”, Artemis Karamolegos tells us.
He took over from his grandfather and father at the Exo Gonias winery and it is he – young, active and full of passion for his work – who has managed to perform a real miracle since 2004, leading a family business far ahead in a very short time.
In 2004 the firm turned towards modern quality production with the creation of a good, bottled PDO wine, Santorini. The first and most important step was the renewal of a section of old vines, the planting a new ones and the grafting of other traditional local varieties onto the stock, such as aithani, mavrotragano, mavrathiro, and vouthomato. This was followed by the creation of a new, modern and visitable winery where one can follow the entire production process and see the tanks, the fermentation vats, the impressive aging cellars and, of course, sample the wines in the tasting room.
The Artemis Karamolegkos Winery produces 130,000 to 150,000 bottles a year and the varieties it vinifies are assyrtiko, aithani, athiri, mandilaria, mavrotragano and vouthomato.
These days, the winery produces ten labels, half of them PDO and the other half PGI:
The successful line Terra Nera (PGI), which comes in white (assyrtiko), rosé (50% assyrtiko – 50% mandilaria), and red (mandilaria).
Assyrtiko (100% assyrtiko) and Santorini (assyrtiko, aithani, athiri), the fresh Santorini vat wines with acidity and aromas of lemon, grapefruit and white-fleshed peach.
And finally, Aithani, Mavrotragano and the much-awarded Vinsanto.