California started harvesting grapes in the 18th century, but the Golden State really became a global winemaking celebrity in 1976. That year California wines entered the infamous Judgment of Paris blind wine tasting competition, surprising the wine world by beating French wines in both red and white wine categories.
In the 1970s, production and sales of California wines reached record levels. To meet growing demand, new vineyards were planted. European wineries and winemakers offered their own form of flattery by purchasing vineyard land and joining the California wine industry. Vintners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and many other countries are now part of California’s wine industry.
Abundant sunshine ensures a consistent and long grape growing season, along with a diverse terroir which supports a multitude of winegrape varieties and surprising flavour variation within them. California's 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of rugged coastline expose nearby vineyards to natural "air conditioning" in the form of fog and breezes, making for exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other cool climate varieties. Warmer interior valleys receive the same cooling effect thanks to rivers, lakes and deltas. Meanwhile, vines planted along the hillsides get a fine mixture of cooling air and bright, unfiltered sun-conditions that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were born to love.
When you open a bottle of French wine, you open the door to a whole universe of discovery. The reason is that, when it comes to making wine, France not only has history on its side, it also has something to suit every palate and every pocket.
The source of this variety lies in the many different wine-growing regions of France, all of which have something unique to offer wine drinkers. These regions aren’t just place names on a map: each one represents a patchwork of soil types and weather conditions, which combine to create the world’s most distinctive and individual wines.
Whatever kind of wine you prefer, there’s a French wine to suit every occasion and any budget. Remember, when you put a splash of French in your glass, you’re beginning a wonderful and exciting voyage of discovery.
Wine has been an important part of Greek culture for over 4000 years as the numerous archaeological discoveries throughout Greece have revealed. For the ancient Greeks the culture of wine was embodied in the deity, Dionysus. Many festivities were held in honour of Dionysus. In recent years, the Greek wine industry has undergone enormous improvement with serious investments in modern wine making technology. The new generation of native winemakers is being trained in the best wine schools around the world and their efforts are paying off as Greek wines continue to receive the highest awards in international competitions as well as the recognition they deserve throughout the world.
What makes Greek wine so unique are the more than 300 indigenous grape varieties grown there, some of which have been cultivated since ancient times. Many of the world’s best wine critics agree that the distinct flavours that come from these native grape varieties are a strong marketing advantage for the Greek wine industry. Many well-known international grape varieties are also used in Greek wine making. This extensive variety of grapes together with the moderate Greek climate, plentiful sunshine, low average rainfall and soils of moderate fertility combine to provide an excellent environment for the production of high quality wines.
Firmly rooted in tradition and steeped in history but at the same time modern and vibrant, Spain offers spectacular variety in types and styles of wine. From rustic to refined, traditional to innovative, red, white, sparkling and fortified, the wines of Spain offer something very special to all wine enthusiasts. Spain is a large country geographically and has more acreage under grape cultivation than any other country in the world. Wine grapes are grown throughout every region of the country with Castilla-La Mancha having nearly half of the planted acreage, followed by Extremadura, Valencia, Castilla-Leon, Catalonia, Murcia and Rioja. About two thirds of all wines produced in Spain are table wines with about one-third comprising high-quality wines that follow the European production model.
IOLI Natural Spring Water springs from an artesian source coming from the mountain of Iti in central Greece.
The area has always been famous for its springs and its excellent water resources. During its underground flow IOLI is enriched from the geological formations with major and minor constituents and is naturally filtered through the pores of the rock formations of its underground environment.
Thus, IOLI reaches the earth’s surface in a state of doubtless and consistent purity. IOLI Natural Spring Water reaches the consumer in its natural condition as it springs from the mountain without any kind of treatment or intervention in its composition. The successive stages of its bottling procedure and production occur under strict specifications and are certified with the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System, OHSAS 18001:1999, Occupational Health & Safety Management System and ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System certificates.
IOLI Natural Spring Water springs pure, mild, natural, balanced and enriched with most precious constituents that are offered to it by the best factory of the world… Nature’s Factory.
IVI juices and softdrinks
We’re proud to offer IVI Fruit Juices including Pineapple, Grapefruit Orange, Black Cherry and IVI’s Lemon and Orange Soft drinks.
IVI Juices are high quality natural fruit juices. The full line of products are guaranteed for a 9 month shelf life thanks to the special Tetra Brick aseptic packaging.
Natural products, without preservatives. IVI fruit juices are offered in 2 sizes, 1 L and 250 ml in fourteen great flavours. The production facilities comply to EN ISO 9002.
THE WATER OF MEDITERRANEAN LIFE Add a splash of refreshing, revitalizing Mediterranean mystery to any moment with this unique sparkling water flavored with mastiha.
AN ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN TRADITION MASTIQUA springs from a centuries-old Mediterranean tradition as deep as the roots of the tree from which it is gathered. For many centuries, the wise people of the Mediterranean have mixed mastiha, the precious sap of the mastiha tree, with water to create a special drink believed to have purifying properties for the body and soul. When you sip your first delicious, sparkling MASTIQUA you become part of an ancient Mediterranean tradition.
In 1951 in Argos, Greece G. Neofotistos opened the first commercial location for NEKTAR coffee. Selecting only superior Arabica and Robusta coffee beans cultivated in America, Asia and Africa. NEKTAR follows their old and successful recipe for making your cup with pure and freshly grounded coffee. Today NEKTAR is available all around Greece with a growing presence around the world. They focus mainly on Greek coffee but also develop new products and won 1st Prize at the "The 100 Best" Products of the Year 2012.
SouroTEA Ice Tea comes in 3 fantastic flavours, Green Tea with Lemon (Sugar Free), Lemon and Peach! Unique, incomparable and beloved.
Tea is rich in polyphenols and catechins making it one of the most powerful antioxidant drinks that enhance the immune system in the battle against germs and free radicals. A daily consumption of SouroTEA with Lemon or Peach with their rich and pleasant flavour provides all the beneficial properties of tea to invigorate the system.
SouroTEA Green Tea with Lemon (Sugar Free) is a natural source rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids. It boosts your system and keeps you in great shape. It regenerates and enhances well-being. It beneficially combines green tea with a fine lemon aroma in a great taste. Enjoy!
Souroti natural mineral water bubbles up from the homonymous historical spring, which according to scientists is estimated to have a depth of approximately 150m, which is considered to be ideal for 'mineral' springs.
With 1.350 mg of dissolved mineral solids per litre it is classified as one of the most enriched "mineral" waters in the world. One litre of Souroti provides around 1/5 of an adult’s daily needs in calcium and around 1/6 of his magnesium needs. It has beneficial properties on the nervous system, muscles and metabolism. It is ideal for digestion, refreshing and also regularizes the function of the digestive and urinary systems.
It is rich in carbonates, beneficial minerals and trace elements (such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, chlorine, fluorine, copper, chromium, zinc, etc.), which are just as vital as vitamins for a healthy and fit body. Souroti's mineral density is highly beneficial, which makes this "product" one of the richest mineral waters worldwide.
Having established a leading position in the Greek market, we believe that Reliability and Trust are the terms that characterize the philosophy of Souroti S.A. since 1916.
Two enthusiastic beer lovers from Greece, Dia Papanikolaou and George Kostopoulos, and one award-winning professional brewer from Italy, Davide Zingareli, met “by chance” and decided to make a brand new beer in Greece, DELPHI Beer. They brewed their first lot in Davide’s own brewery in Italy and the tasty result was launched in the Greek market in June 2013. The company has invested in a new state-of-the-art brewery in Chalkida with cutting edge equipment which fully covers the production needs.
Volkan beer is the first Greek beer born in Santorini, inspired and made from the finest local ingredients of the Greek islands. Volkan beer brings you the inspiration and uniqueness of Santorinian rare flavors. Santorini has a unique ecology and climate, and from its volcanic ash soil, grow unique products with rare and intense flavors.
HONEY, CITRON AND LAVAROCK FILTER
Santorini honey is only harvested once every year, unlike most honeys, which are harvested 4-5 times per year. During the Volkan brewing process this special honey is added near the end, to ensure that its source flavors are preserved and to give to the beer a very delicate touch of sweetness.
Naxos Citrus Medica, Local, Greek and Ancient
The other defining ingredient of Volkan beer is the Ancient Citron or Citrus medica. Rare and very difficult to harvest, Citrus medica has never been used in a beer until now. Citron is the oldest known variety of citrus. Citron, often green when ripe, has very little juice but a powerful aroma and taste, distinct from other citruses. This unique citron essence is added to Volkan during and after the brewing process, and the resulting taste is incomparable: dry, sharp, earthy and sweet. Volkan is proud to use local and ancient ingredients to help make the taste of the beer fresh, exceptional and authentically Greek.
The water with which a beer is brewed helps determine the taste of the brew. To make an authentic Santorini brew, the creators of Volkan beer first condition the brew water with in Volkan’s proprietary lava-rock filter. The filter developed exclusively for Volkan aims to simulate how Santorini’s groundwater may have tasted thousands of years ago. The filter uses real volcanic rocks (basalt), formed from the Santorini eruption of 1500 B.C, rich with potassium and other minerals, to lay the foundation for a complex, flavorful brew with historic undertones that you can taste.
Their story begins in 2000, when the families Stamatakis and Diamantakis both having huge knowledge and history in the distilling business joined together, combining tradition, meraki (passion) and creativity, founding a new venture with the name DS DISTlLLERS.
They are located in the very heart of Malevizou province just outside village Kato Asites, an area with huge history in grape cultivation, vinification and distillation. Their efforts are focused in creation of high quality products in combination with all necessary steps in the production chain, with consistency, safeguearding the quality of raw materials, respecting farmers, nature, and the consumers. Their goal is to bring out the best possible outcome and put in place the Cretan Raki and all other Greek distilling products.
The GREEK DISTILLATION COMPANY SA or “EVA” is the abbreviation of the word eviva, the known “cheers”, which indicates the warm movement and the clinking sound of the glasses through which the horizons of human relationships open, the uniqueness of the moment, life itself. The company which is considered by the locals as one big family and was founded in 1995 making it one more successful attempt to the already established and diverse business achievements by the Patrikopoulos Brothers. The grandfather of the founders originated from Pergamon in Asia Minor, leaving to the next generations a great heritage, distillation secrets, passion and traditional ouzo recipes. The establishment of “EVA” followed the hitherto 26 year entrepreneurial activity in the food and drinks sector.
Ancient Greeks knew it as a cure for bellyaches. Roman emperors used to spice their wine with it. Turkish Sultans harem ladies chewed it for fresh breath and fighting boredom. From a small Mediterranean island, Mastiha has traveled & conquered the world with its distinctive aroma and mysterious attributes.
Today Skinos Mastiha Spirit adopts the very same traditional harvesting and distillation process and creates a unique product, ideal to drink chilled before or after dinner.