Wines of Adam
They say you find beauty and love in unexpected places. Here’s an unexpected place. A village called Adam. How do you get here? For the GPS challenged, if you were approaching from Sithonia, you drive towards Polygiros, then go past Prodromos and then climb into the mountains before the road drops you into small Greek villages like Sana and Doumpia. Careful now. The road winds and snakes and through these sleepy villages. Keep going until you reach Adam.
Why come here? Because here in one of the most unexpected of places, you will find a rare thing. Perfect vine clones. Perfect slopes. Perfect exposure. Low yields. Perfect wines. When I say “Perfect” in this context, I am not guilty of exaggeration. The Refosco and Malagouzia from Wines of Adam (or Oinos Adam as they are called) are actually used as benchmarks to study these varietals. This is an extremely low yield, “no messing around in the vineyard” philosophy driven property. Only the perfect vintages are bottled. In Nikos’ own words, “If one year we do not like the grapes we harvest, simply we do not ferment and have no wine.” Note the emphasis on perfection here. I am surprised they make any money doing this! They are Dimitri Mastrogiannis and Nikos Asteriadis. Their own stories another time.