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The Vineyards

Exceptional Cycladic Aromas

Vines grown in the volcanic, porous soil of Milos under warm and dry climate conditions. Wine stored in an underground labyrinth which provides the needed humidity and steady, cool temperature. The whitewashed Kostantakis “Spilia” (Cave) opens its wooden doors and welcomes you to try its new production of uniquely flavored wines.

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Geography

Kostantakis –Milos Cave Winery is located in Milos island, just 500 meters from the charming seaside village Pollonia and 300 meters from the closest seacoast. Konstantakis Winery is in the heart of a cultivated area of 4 hectares. At the same area are the majority of the vineyards of Kostantakis estate. Slightly elevated in the middle of a wonderful garden, next to Kostantakis Residence, the visitor can enjoy the unique and unlimited view of the Aegean Sea, the mountain and the neighboring island Kimolos.
Milos (or Melos) is a volcanic Greek island and belongs to the island group of Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea southeast of mainland Greece. Cyclades are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean Archipelago. The name refers to the islands forming a circle (``circular islands``) around the sacred island of Delos. The municipality of Milos also includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Arcadies. The combined land area is 160.147 square kilometers (61.833 sq mi) and the 2011 census population was nearly 5.000 inhabitants.

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Ecosystem

Cyclades islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands Milos and Santorini. The climate is generally dry and mild,. Milos is the southwestern most island in the Cyclades group. Milos has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and warm to hot dry summers.
The vineyards, most of which are located near by the Kostantakis wineny are trained low in traditional bush shape (cup- shape). The soils are sandy clay and has a very distinctive geology, meaning that the rocks and minerals its soil and subsoil are made of point directly to its special creation. Some rocks and minerals of the island are very characteristic and owe their origin to volcanic processes.
An interesting blend of varieties are found in Kostantakis vineyards , including Assyrtiko, Monemvasia , Roditis ,Savatiano, Malagousia, Mavrotragano, Mandilaria, Mavro Aidani and Moscato (Muscat).

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WineMaking

Kostantakis –Milos Cave winery belongs to the PGI Cyclades zone (est.2008) that includes all Cycladic islands, in the southern Aegean Sea. Vineyards must be planted at altitudes exceeding 30m. Milos is a new established winegrowing area of Greece (although it has a long wine producing tradition ) but has considerable further potential. A glance at the varietal composition, with a wealth of native varieties many of which are already successful.
Nowadays Kostantakis - Milos Cave Winery produces 6 wines in limited production that represent the philosophy of founder viticulturist Kostas Mallis.

OUR STORY

The timeline story about
Kostantakis Winery

1935
Kostas Mallis creates under his house the first home winemaking room for better vinification of the vine yield of the family vines
1950's
His son Peter Mallis creates a new home-winery room (PATITIRI in greek) near the vines of the family vineyards (~500m far away from the location of the old one that now had sold to the S&B Mine Enterprice
1960's
Peter Mallis took over all the vineyards and the other family lands
1970's
Renew
Rewew a part of the vines (almost 10 acres) with Greek native varieties (Roditis, Savatiano, Mandilaria, Muscat white)
1995
Expand
In 1995, his grandson, Kostas Mallis, expanded the crops with a professional orientation in mind
2000
Cave winery
Kostas Mallis create a new Patitiri near by an old volcanic cave that belonged to the family.(next to the nowadays winery location)
2012
Cycladic Varieties
In 2012, the new 2.5 acre vineyard was planted with Cycladic varieties: Assyrtiko, Monemvasia, Malagouzia. Mavrotragano, Aidani, Mandilaria, Savatiano and Roditi.
2013
Spilia White & Rose
The first planting of the new part of Kostantakis Vineyards (~15acres) with local Cycladic Grape varieties (Assysrtiko, Mavrotragano, Muscat white,) & first bottling Spilia white & spilia Rose
2014
Spilia Red
Planting of Monemvasia Grape and Mavro Aidani (5 acres) & production of Retsina Kostantakis and limited production of Spilia Red
2015
Renew
Renew the labels and logo of Kostantakis –Milos Cave Winery
2016
Spilia Assyrtiko
First yield from the new vineyard . Production of Spilia Assyrtiko PGI Cyclades
2017
Wine Exhibition
Planting a new vineyard with Poditis Alepou (a single Clone Grape ). First participation in wine exhibition Milos wine production is revealed)
2018
AWARDS
Our first export ( in Italy for Retsina Kostantakis & Spilia Assyrtico). First participation in wine competition WINEOLYMPAWARDS 2018 and award for Spilia Rose.
2019
AWARDS
Awards for SPILIA ASSYRTIKO & RETSINA KOSTANTAKIS at WINE OLYMP AWARDS 2019
Today
VISIT US
Visit the farm, take a tour of the vineyards and the gleaming white "Spilia" (Grk. cave), the rock-hewn winery with its cellars, and try the new "Kostantakis" wines.
THE FAMILY

We are vineyard
specialists first

All Kostantakis family members activities are occupied around the vineyards and the winery.
Kostas is the founder. He is an active and worried farmer and viticulturist that manage the winery.
Irene Mallis, his wife, stands up next to him and helps at the financial and organizing sector including office and mail accounts administration.
Stefania Mallis the daughter besides her main attitude (the direction of Kostantakis Residence ) helps at public relations and marketing matters.
Finally Peter Mallis the son helps in harvest and bottling, and is responsible for the function of the wine tourism sector of Kostantakis Winery.

Testimonials

Wine reviews, ratings, and kind words
from TripAdvisor

Open in the evening only, this is the only winery on Milos, built into a cave. Small production of 10,000 bottles a year, most gets drunk on Milos. The wine is delicious and fruity, the information very interesting and the 'bartender' very friendly and keen for you to try everything (6 wines in all). I definitely recommend this.

jobonnington London

What a winery! Had our eye on it from the day we arrived in Milos. A small family run winery in Pollonia, a pleasant 600 mtr walk from centre of town through narrow local roads and private houses. ( see pics) . The winery is hidden away from the main town, right next to the Kostantakis family residence. We met Petros Kostantakis ( 3rd generation owner of the winery) at the reception. Enterprising young lad,he showed us around the modest sized cellars neatly stacked with wine bottles ready to be labeled. Tasted 3 excellent wines there. Said, they were planning expansion of the brand and production over the next 2-3 years. We wish him and his family all the best!

VikasNewDelhi_India New Delhi,India

My wife and I visited Kostantakis winery several times during our stay in Milos. We were staying at the Kostantakis Residence - the accommodation run by the same family that owns the winery. The winery is in its infancy, having produced wines commercially for only six years. Nevertheless, the petite winery exudes a unique Melian charm and the wines they produce are very drinkable. We particularly enjoyed the semi-sweet rose wine. Our host, Petros, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and unique history of the cave around which the winery was born. Best of all, the wine tasting is free and the bottles for sale are very reasonably priced. Highly recommended!

drjock84 United Kingdom

We just stumbled upon this winery on our self-guided driving tour of Milos. We saw the signs and the idea of a cave winery was intriguing. We were there with one other couple and enjoyed tasting several of their wines and learning about the history. The wine is much lighter and fruitier than what we would see in the US (especially the red) - but we bought a few bottles and are able to enjoy it stateside!

jonir630 Keller, Texas, USA

A Journey to meet Kostantakis Cave Winery. Come to visit us!