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Samos wines win more gold

- by Karen Mills

Samos wines win more gold.

Plenty of holiday visitors to the Greek Island of Samos like to take in a tour of the island's famous vineyards. Now a clutch of Samos wines have picked up gold medals at an international wine competitions held recently in Europe.

Samos Anthemis 2006 and Samos Nectar 2008 both picked up gold medals at an international wine competition held recently in Thessaloniki while Samos Nectar 2007 also took a gold medal in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles event in Belgium.

And at the Vinalies Internationales, in Paris, both Samos Nectar 2007 and Samos VinDoux 2010 picked up gold awards and Samos Anthemis 2005 took silver.

The world-class English wine magazine Decanter has also given Samos Vin Doux 2011 a bronze awards while Samos Grand Cru 2011 and Samos Nectar 2008 were granted silver medals.

Samos Nectar is one of the oldest wines of Samos, with a deep amber color and a strong bouquet of walnut. Anthemis has a deep orange colour and aromas of honey and butterscotch while Grand Cru muscat is noted for its topaz colouring and fresh palate.

It's another great year for the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos (EOSS), based at Malagari, and which runs two complete wineries, each with its own rich tradition in producing wines on Samos.

The Karlovassi winery is located in the north of the island, while the Malagari winery is just a short distance from the town of Vathi. Visitors to the Malagari vineyards can also enjoy a stroll around the Samos Wine Museum which opened its doors in 2005.

Samos has around 1,600 hectares of vines,most of them planted on steep terraced hillsides. They make one of the prettiest wine landscapes in the world at 800 metres above the Aegean Sea on the slopes of Mount Ambelos.

Around 25 villages lie in the Samos wine region in more remote areas little affected by tourism. Most of the vineyards are in mountainous or semi-mountainous areas on deep soil with perfect drainage to produce the distinctive wines of Samos.

The Samos Wine Museum is housed in that was once a privately-owned winery. The building itself is a 'living' exhibit, with huge wooden casks made in the early 20th century still in mint condition.

Traditional wine making is brought to life with exhibits of tools of the trade, the vats and tubs and a display on the art of barrel making. There is even a simulation of the cultivation of grape vines on steep terraces, typical of Samos.

The Wine Museum also offers fully-equipped conference facilities for use by the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos .