Winemaking techniques

Winemaking techniques wines
Winemaking techniques wines

Winemaking techniques wines - Wine transportation

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. In order to avoid the possibility of breaking the pitchers, they were placing straw and greens inside the hampers.

Vinification techniques

The preparation of barrel was composite, in order to receive the new wine: they removed old wine dregs, washing it well two-three times with water, where they added small gravels and then, for its effective disinfection, they burned candles of sulphur (thick threads impregnated with sulphur solution, hung on its upper great hole) inside it.

All the preparation was ending by washing the barrel with scalding hot water, where they added rosemary, quince leaves, pennyroyal, thyme and basil. In this way, they lent in barrels and wine all these characteristic scents.

  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Raki distilleries: raki of Lemnos

    Rakaria - 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.