Greek wineries captured on camera
Photographer Colin Hampden-White captures the beauty of Crete and Santorini in a pictorial tour of the Greek wine-producing islands.
Colin’s love of Greece stems from many years holidaying in the country, and although he says that he has always enjoyed the wines, he does admit that they tend to taste better in situ.
“The wines are fantastic when you are out there, especially the salty dry wines of Santorini which are wonderful in the sun or on a terrace, but they are not always quite the same back here [in the UK].”
As for the wineries, Colin explains that it’s easy to visit producers whether or not they are set up for commerce.
“You can visit lots of the cellars even if they don’t sell wines at the cellar door… they are stunning places and the people are so open,” he says.
Continuing he says, “The willingness to share seems very genuine, rather than forced – sometimes it’s just a matter of asking to look round, and they are delightful.”
He also records an increased openness to visitors and professionalism due to the economic situation.
“Greece seems to be changing and adapting and making money any way they can now.”
Pictured above is America-based Greek businessman Ted (Theodoros) Manousakis who founded Manousakis Winery when he planted his first vines at the family home in Crete in 1993.
By 1997 he had built a “tiny” stone winery to handle the first harvest, although the producer now uses a bigger one following a €2 million investment.
The winery’s flagship wine is called Nostos, which loosely translates as “homecoming”.
“I’ve seen Manousakis progress from an old shack,” records Colin, who visited the producer last year as they harvested the grapes for vinifying at the new winery, which is pictured above.
And here is the old Manousakis Winery, complete with an ancient olive tree.
Pictured above is Ted Manousakis’ daughter, Alexandra, who has been running the winery for the last five years.
Father and son team Ioannis (left) and Kostis Galanis manage the winemaking at Manousakis.
According to Colin both studied winemaking at Montpellier.
Despite the presence of the old wooden vat, the pair are pictured in the new Manousakis winery, and Colin points out that the pipe by Ioannis’s right foot leads into the barrel cellar so the wine can be transferred without pumping.
And here is the new Manousakis ageing cellar.
This shows the two winemakers posing proudly in front of a new vertical press.
Kostis captured in the old winery, but standing in front of the same wooden vat which featured in the image above.
A plot of Syrah planted at 600 metres with the White Mountains in the distance and a new planting on the left.
This image of the same Manousakis vineyard, but from the top, shows not only the altitude but proximity to the sea.
The vineyards are certified organic and due to Ted’s American connection, 50% of production goes to the US.
Switching to Santorini, Colin captures a temporary worker at the island’s San… Torini Winery. Colin says that this winery makes a Nykteri and Assyrtiko but are “best known for a fantastic Vin Santo which ages brilliantly”.
Colin then shifts his focus to the island’s cooperative called the Santorini Winery. Above is a winemaker from the operation.
And here is another winemaker at the Santorini Winery.
Finally, Colin brings us a view from the terrace at the Santorini Winery, which he says is “great for sunsets”.