Gentilini Winery

Gentilini Winery

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In 1978 Spiro Kosmetatos planted his first vineyard of local grape varieties near the village of Minies on Cephalonia with the vision of creating a world class wine in Greece. At the time Spiro was a pioneer in fine wine making in Greece and paved to way for other boutique wineries that followed.

How can we introduce visitors to Gentilini Winery ‘s profile?

The winery and vineyards have now passed to the next generation, bringing renewed energy and fresh ideas. As always, Gentilini produces top quality, exciting and unique wines while promoting the unique flavours and aromas of the local Kefalonian varieties. The island’s terroir and microclimate, which are affected by maritime and mountain breezes, give wines of superior character and quality. Needless to say, the island is famed for its unique Robola and Mavrodaphne

Today Gentilini has 10 hectares under vine and makes a core range of seven wines. Quantities have purposefully been kept low to ensure that quality is not compromised, and about 30% of production is exported to America, Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Japan and Belgium.

Οινοποιείο Gentilini
Οινοποιείο Gentilini
Οινοποιείο Gentilini

What should the visitors expect to experience in Gentilini Winery?

The Gentilini Winery & Vineyards is open every year from May to October for tours and tastings in the relaxed, natural setting of our garden. All our tastings include a plate with our own organic extra virgin olive oil, local cheese, grape tomatoes and fresh bread. We also offer light snacks for those who wish to linger further over a glass of wine, and bottles may be purchased in our shop.

OPENING HOURS:
May to September → Daily (11:00 – 20:00)
1st to 20th of October → Monday to Saturday (11:00 – 18:30)
DIRECTIONS:
The winery is located on the main road from Argostoli to the Airport, 2 km after Lassi (Minies, ZIP 28100, Cephalonia).

Last entrance for the wine tastings and tours: 1 hour before closing.

WINE TASTINGS:
Gentilini’s Moderns
→ 5.00€ / person
Tasting of 3 wines from the modern range (Notes White, Notes Rosé and Notes Red).
Premium Tasting
→ 7.00€ / person
Tasting of 5 wines from modern and premium ranges.
Limited Edition Tasting
→ 10.00€ / person
Tasting of 7 wines from the modern, premium and limited edition ranges.
Guided tour through the vineyards and winery → plus 5.00€ / person

CONTACT:
Telephones: +30 2671041618 • Email: gentiliniwines@yahoo.gr • Website: www.gentilini.gr

Which two labels should visitors take with them, as a reminder of their visit?

The elegant white Robola and the intense red Eclipse.

Robola

Robola is the ambassador variety of Cephalonia. The grapes are cultivated in the mountainous areas of the island’s P.D.O. region and have very low yields per hectare. The wine’s colour is pale straw, with aromas of citrus, grapefruit and white peach balancing its minerality. It is fresh, crisp, balanced and complex and matches harmoniously with fish, seafood and white sauces.

Eclipse

Eclipse is produced from the local variety of Mavrodaphne whose grapes come from estate vineyards. The wine matures for 12 months in American and French barrels and is bottled unfiltered in limited quantities. It has a rich deep colour and aromas of ripe forest fruit, licorice and wild mint. In the mouth it is rich and complex with smooth tannins and a long aftertaste. It pairs exceptionally well with aged cheese, meat and game and is an important addition to any wine lover’s collection as it can age for many years.

Which are the highlights of the wider region that visitors should not miss?

The nearby village of Minies is graced with three beautiful sandy beaches; Spasmata, Megali Ammos and Eglina. Its proximity to Argostoli (7 km) makes it an ideal destination for those who wish to escape to quieter and less crowded beaches.

Some of the places visitors should definitely visit are the lake-cave of Melissani, the cave of Drogarati with its stalagmites and stalactites, the 16th century Venetian castle of St. George and, of course, the exceptionally picturesque village of Fiskardo.

As for accommodation, the Gentilini Retreat B&B, which is located near the castle of St. George, offers six individually decorated rooms, each with its own entrance and outside space. This 20 acre farm, with its ancient olive trees and cypress forest, is a perfect base from which to explore Cephalonia due to its central location. A delicious breakfast based on the farm’s produce is served daily and guests enjoy free tastings and special discounts at the Gentilini Winery. (Information and reservations: gentiliniretreat@yahoo.gr, www.gentiliniretreat.gr, +30 2671026632, +30 6942263655 Natali Moraitou).

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⚠ Winery’s services along with prices and operation hours might change without previous notice. Please contact the estate upon visiting.

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