Rakaria - Raki distilleries: raki of Lemnos

Raki distilleries: raki of Lemnos
Raki distilleries: raki of Lemnos

Raki distilleries: raki of Lemnos

After finishing the pumping from pits, they covered the rest of the grapes with a layer of dry seaweeds, so that to secure the necessary humidity, resealed the nozzle with the stone plug and straw-mud, left in that way for about one and a half-two months.

Then, they transferred them to the raki distilleries, where after boiling and double distillation they produce tsipouro (distilled alcoholic beverage) raki. Figs, raisin, barley, onions, corn, nutmeg, honey, mastiha and mainly anise, constituted the ingredients added to tsipouro, in order to acquire more sweetness and scent, but also milky color after its mixing with water.

After the end of wine preparation activities, pits were cleaned up carefully, left open, so that to be dry and then were sealed, in order to be preserved clean till next September.

At the rest of villages of Lemnos, instead of sculptured pits, they had earthenware jams buried in the earth.

  • Lemnos, wine

    Lemnos Wine

    Lemnos wine. The connection of Hephaestus with Thoantas, the first king of Lemnos, gives the stigma of vineyard and its importance to the island. Vitiviniculture of Lemnos is known to Homer, who mentions in Iliad that the wine of Lemnos delighted Achaeans during the siege of Troy.
  • Winemaking techniques wines

    Winemaking techniques

    For wine transportation at home, they decanted it usually in small barrels and they used great pitchers, the so-called sourlades. These were initially imported to the island, but later they began constructing them in potters’ workshop of neighboring Kotsinas.
  • Vintage in Lemnos

    Vintage in Lemnos

    Vintage in Lemnos. According to weather conditions, around 15th-20th September, the vintage had taken place mainly by women, while the simultaneous grapes’ pressing had been made mostly by men.
  • Varieties of  Lemnos Wines

    Vineyard of Lemnos

    Vineyard of Lemnos. Just like most of luxury wines of Greek Antiquity were known with the name of their production place, wine of Lemnos also did: “The vineyards of Lemnos” sang the chorus of farmers of Attiki in “Peace” by Aristophanes, and Polydefkis, in “Nominal”, is also referred to the “vineyard of Lemnos”.
  • Wine producers of the island

    Wine producers of the island

    Wine producers of the island. Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Lemnos and other wine producers of the island.