Tetramythos is a boutique winery located on the slopes of mount Aroania, in northern Peloponnese. It was founded by brothers Aristides and Stathis Spanos who, in 1999, decided to turn their passion for organic farming from a hobby into a fully-fledged commercial operation. They then enlisted Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos, today one of Greece’s most respected winemakers, to lead wine production. The three men share a common devotion to the terroir and grape varieties of the Peloponnese and have, since the project’s inception, been committed to sustainable farming practices and low intervention winemaking.
Tetramythos has been nothing short of a pioneer, acting as a driving force to recover indigenous varieties close to extinction and make terroir-driven wines accessible to a wider audience. Their beautiful vines, now covering 14 hectares, are planted on a variety of different soils at altitudes between 650 and 1050 metres on north-facing slopes where breezes from the gulf of Corinth help produce fresh, healthy and balanced grapes.
A few years ago, they introduced their Naturɛ range, a line-up of single-varietal wines made with virtually no intervention except for a small addition of sulphur before bottling. They are pure and textural expressions of the grapes, that convey a unique sense of place and are altogether a joy to drink.
The Roditis Naturɛ is one of our favourite white wines, full of expressiveness and downright delicious. Papagiannopoulos showcases all the aromatic complexity this pink-skinned grape can deliver when allowed to express itself. Tetramythos’ low yielding vines produce fruit of extraordinary quality and concentration and this comes through in this wine, fermented spontaneously and then allowed to spend five months on the lees (dead yeasts). The time spent on the lees as well as some controlled oxidation, add even more texture and complexity.
What’s in the glass: Lovely expressive nose with notes of lemon curd, yellow apple, pear and white peach topped by a roasted almond and mineral freshness.
Luscious, complex and broad palate with a touch of exotic fruit (melon, pineapple). You would have trouble identifying this as a ‘natural’ wine given its elegance and transparent flavours. Complex and enjoyable in equal measures.
Grape Variety: Roditis
Region/Appellation: Agialeia, PGI Peloponnese
Alcohol content: 12% ABV
Current vintage: 2020
Ideal serving temperature: 12/13ºC – do not serve too cold to fully enjoy the aromatic complexity and texture
Drinking window: Drink now or save for up to two years.
Pairs perfectly with: Risottos, Caesar salad, mezze.