The Tinos Vineyards (Tiniaki Ampelones) winery is located at Falatados in northeast Tinos. It was created in the 00s by Alexandros Avatangelos with Michalis Tzanoulinos, an islander who is passionate about wine, and Thanos Fakorellis, a talented oenologist, who has assumed responsibility for the venture.
On four estates – where vines had been grown in the past – each about 100,000 sq m, they have planted four Greek varieties, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, Mavrotragano and Augoustiani, in dense cultivations of 10,000 vines per hectare.
The Tinos Vineyards are in unusual locations. One is at Volax, a strange and imposing hillside strewn with giant egg-shaped granite boulders, which have given rise to plenty of stories and theories, though geologists believe them to be the result of a series of upheavals from the time when the Earth was being formed. This surreal landscape reminds one of a painting by the Greek artist Tsoclis. Another vineyard is situated at Stegasta, a name taken from the low roofed (stegi) winepresses located there. Tiniakoi Ambelones borrowed the word for two of their four wines, the white Clos Stegasta made from Assyrtiko grapes and the red Clos Stegasta (Mavrotragano).
Their other two labels are T-Oinos white (Malagouzia) and T-Oinos red (Mavrotragano/Augoustiatis), which in Greek sounds the same as Tinos the island, but means wine. The results of this effort are making wine history.
As we were told, the greater part of the winery’s production is exported, mainly to France, since Gerard Margeon, the sommelier of the Ducasse group and one of the most prominent in the French wine sector, puts Tinos wines on the group’s restaurants’ wine list and they have become very popular.