Diamantakos Estate is a small family run winery, located in the heart of Naoussa’s PDO zone, in the Mantemi region. Always looking towards the future and respecting Naoussa’s rich viticulture history and tradition, we focus on cultivating two indigenous varietals, Xinomavro and Preknadi.
Our story begins in grandpa George Diamantakos’s vineyard, first generation viticulturist, located at Isvori, Naoussa. It was there, where a huge old walnut tree was uprooted by a strong wind, revealing the remains of the philosopher Aristotle’s School, where it is said that Alexander the Great studied. The land was then bought by the government. In 1978, the family purchased the land which is now our winery and vineyards, marking the continuation of our journey. In 1998, Evangelos Diamantakos, second generation viticulturist-winemaker and son of George, bottles the first wine of the estate. Fast forward to today, the annual production averages 2.000 cases.
All tasks from the vine to the bottle are carried out by hand, focusing on the noble contribution of the human factor and preserving biodiversity. We seek to create with passion and responsibility wines that highlight the two indigenous varietals of the unique ecosystem of Naoussa.
Α boutique family winery
George Diamantakos is third generation viticulturist. He grew up on the vineyards and the winery, being taught from his parents respect towards nature and the love for wine. Holding on to these values and completing his studies in oenology and viticulture he returns to Naoussa in 2005, where he takes the reins of his family’s Estate, leading it into the new era.
He represents the new generation of the area’s winemakers, who have given a fresh perspective and breath to the region’s wines. He is committed to producing wines with character, by being hands on with his vineyard and continually learning from his grapes. With a passion for his homeland and his profession, George’s philosophy aims to combine and express through his wines the land and the two indigenous varietals to their highest level.
Αn artisan winemaker
Mantemi is located on the eastern foothills of Mount Vermio, at an altitude of 200-240m. Around 60% of the land has a northwest orientation, while the rest has south and east. The land is full of slopes, ranging from a 5%-25% incline.
The top soil is generally sandy clay with sandy loamy subsoil. Below 60 cm, the parent stone becomes sedimentary rock. Gravel is present throughout the layers of the ground, mixed with its disintegrated form. The soil has traces of calcium carbonate, low organic matter levels, moderately poor trace elements and good drainage. In Mantemi, nutrients and water are not given to the vine easily, in order to achieve its self-sufficiency.
The mountain range of Vermio is crucial for the microclimate of the region. The winter is usually severe, giving nature the time to rest, while the weather conditions during spring are unstable, making it difficult for the vine grower. In summer the sunlight ripens the grapes, while the mountain breeze cools the vines during the night. Autumn is unpredictable and the harvest date is decided on a day-to-day basis.
We feel fulfilled and at the same time lucky to be able to cultivate this piece of land.
A promising vineyard