This wine deserves a novel, but we’ll try to keep it short. It smells like a honey, ginger, lemon tonic jumping out of the glass and making you salivate. It tastes like a rich pulpy apricot jam smothered on thick sourdough. The flavor and texture of this wine is exquisite – this will be like nothing you have ever tasted! It grips your tongue the way freshly harvested eucalyptus honey will, with a bit of drying sensation and a velvety hug. Pleiades are nymphs associated with the stars, aptly naming this orange wine from the slopes of the highest mountain of Greece.
There is so much umami in this wine, it pairs with rich sweet and savory foods. Sushi, chicken with warm baking spices, rich shellfish like muscles or oysters. Creamy blue or wash rind cheeses.
Papras Bio Wines is operated by the Papras family. Stergios Papras, the family’s oenologist, was the local co-op’s president and oenologist from 1979 until recently. He gave the region its current fame for the Black Muscat grape. Papras has always been an advocate for organic viticulture, and his vineyards have been certified organic since 1990 (the first year this was possible for Greece). His brother and his son, personally tend to the vineyards. The focus is on fresh, organic wines, with the indigenous grapes of the area, mainly Black Muscat of Tyrnavos and Roditis, the rosy-skinned and second most planted grape of Greece. The unique terroir of Tyrnavos, sitting on one of the few plains of Greece, under the tallest mountain of the country, Mount Olympus, create optimal conditions for highly aromatic wines.