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Armakas 2020 - Aivalis Winery
Aivalis Winery


  Greece / Nemea
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Words are not enough!


Why do we love it?

Armakas Aivalis Winery is perhaps the most daring and absolutely collectible Greek wine from Nemea. Suffice it to say that its creator, Christos Aivalis, when he made it, had the legendary Penfolds Grange of Australia in mind! Yes, we are talking very seriously and if you have tried it you know what we mean. If not yet, read below and you will understand.

Christos Aivalis had been looking for years to find the vineyard that would be dry, barren, full of armakas stones (the large stones on which the workers in the vineyard traditionally rested) and that would be completely clear of chemicals and fertilizers. And he found it, along with the name of the wine (Armakas). He decided to plant Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec there. The acreage yields are below 300 kg per acre and this guarantees the sublime concentration of Armakas. The grapes are harvested overripe and a small proportion of Agiorgitiko, from his top vineyards, is added to the blend. Long extraction and aging in French oak barrels for 40 months, compose a fine wine that is reminiscent of the Italian Amarone in structure and style!

Knowing from the first moment what he had created, Christos Aivalis did not hesitate to invite well-known sommeliers and wine critics to try it blindly. The tasting involved 2 giants of the world vineyard (Solaia Antinori and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina Gaja) to compete blindly. It was a tie.

For Armakas Aivalis Winery, words are not enough to describe its greatness.









Tastes Like

It has deep ruby color and impressive nose that is gradually unfolding. Plum, tobacco, vanilla, pepper, black cherry, berry jam, cinnamon, cocoa, and cedar dominate, while notes of cassis, nutmeg, coffee, dried figs, and chocolate make gradually their appearance.

In the mouth, it is rich and exuberant. Body, tannins, alcohol, acidity, all at high levels. The fruits on the palate are riper and in dried form. At the same time, the intense spicy character of the barrel is mixed with sweet notes of caramel, licorice and chocolate.

Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2020
Alcohol 15%
Origin Nemea
Variety Syrah, Agiorgitiko, Merlot, Malbec
Aromas Plum, tobacco, vanilla, pepper, black cherry, berry jam, cinnamon, cocoa, cedar, cassis, nutmeg, coffee, dried figs, chocolate.
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 40 months
Serving temperature 18ºC
Aging 10+ years
Closure Cork
Organic No



Pair it with wild boar with spicy or mushroom sauce, smoked cheese, or beef steaks on the grill.

Beef stew with red wine

  • 1 kg of boneless beef cut into bits
  • 4 tbsps. flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 cube beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pack of small fresh mushrooms, whole
  • baby carrots
  • salt
  • pepper



Wipe the meat with kitchen paper to absorb excess moisture. Stir in a bowl 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, paprika and pepper and sprinkle the meat with the flour mixture.

Sautee the meat in hot olive oil in moderate to strong heat, stirring frequently,  for 4-6 minutes or until it acquires a golden brown color. Remove the meat from the pot. Add the red wine, stirring well to incorporate with the meat residues from the bottom of the pot.

Put the meat back in the pot and add the broth, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Once it starts boiling, cover the pot, lower the heat in half and allow the meat to cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally. You can accompany your meat with wild rice.


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