Greek monastery wine named among best in the world

Metsovo, Epirus, Greece, November 30, 2022

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A wine produced by the monks of St. Nicholas Monastery in Metsovo, Greece, and the Holy Monastery of Panagia Pogoniotisis Votsas in the Municipality of Zagori, was named among the 20 best wines in the world for 2023.

In particular, Imperator Winery’s Lacrima wine was named the 18th best in the world by Asia Import News.

The winery was founded in 2017 and has the distinction of operating on the largest and most mountainous monastic vineyards in Greece, “which, combined with the exclusive use of the fruit (grapes) only from our own vineyards, makes the wine genuine and uniquely delicious,” the winery writes.

Photo: Photo: Imperator describes its award-winning Lacrima as:

Bright yellow-green colour with soft reddish highlights. Fine and powerful aromas on the nose, typical of the Gewürztraminer variety, with rose, lemon blossom and ripe peaches in the foreground. On the palate it is fruity and balanced, harmonious and fresh, with accentuated acidity, nerve and a long-lasting aftertaste. Full body with a distinctive presence of alcohol. It accompanies fatty fish with intense flavours, Asian cuisine, smoked meats and can be served with fresh fruit and even as an aperitif. Ideal drinking temperature: 8 - 10 °C .

Variety: Gewürztraminer
Alcohol: 13,5% Vol.

St. Nicholas Monastery. Photo: St. Nicholas Monastery. Photo:     

St. Nicholas Monastery is the oldest in Metsovo, with frescoes dating to 1700. Votsas Monastery, dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God, was founded by Constantine IV Pogonatos in 672.

Votsas Monastery. Photo: Votsas Monastery. Photo:     

In July, four wines produced by the Athonite Vatopedi Monastery were recognized by the Olymp Awards.

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