Athens Wine Tasting Tour in a 19th Century Tower
Athens Wine Tasting Tour in a 19th Century Tower
Duration: 2,5 hours approx. (excluding transfer time) every Friday afternoon
Group size: 1 to 20 people
Suitable for: 12+ years old
Languages: English, Greek
*Price depending on the group size.
If you want to explore the Greek culture and taste some of the best Greek wines at the same time, then this activity is ideal for you. Immerse yourself in history in one of the best-kept secrets of Athens, an off-the-beaten path cultural treasure unknown even to the locals. This 19th century gorgeous palace, known as the Queen’s Tower, with its gardens, vineyards and stables, served primarily as a royal retreat, and is nowadays open to the public.
1. Have a tour of a 19th century emblematic palace, a national heritage of recent Greek history, unknown even to local Athenians.
2. Stroll around a green oasis of 18 hectares, full of olive and pistachio trees, mulberries, cypress and pine trees.
3. Participate in a guided tour of the tower, its organic vineyard and the winery.
4. Taste several local wines accompanied with homemade Greek pies and cheeses.
5. Visit the stables with the horses.
A relaxed guided tour in of Athens' most beautiful 19th century tower and its surroundings.
Services from a wine specialist.
A selection of Greek wines (white & red).
A variety of Greek cheeses and tapas to match with your wine.
Private transfer with taxi or van (upon availability) to and from the tower and your hotel.
Additional food, drinks or products you may want to buy during the activity.
Anything not mentioned under the "What's included" section.
During the first part of this wine and cultural tour, you will admire the monumental portal of the Queen’s Tower, which resembles a castle with its ramparts and side smaller towers in gradual forming. Once inside the tower, you will be amazed by the blue ambiance of the walls and the ceiling, and the golden geometrical decoration. The romantic decorative elements, such as the floor made from various kinds of wood according to the Munich School style, the golden, blue and red ornamentation, the small furniture and the lightning devices of absolute Gothic style will travel you back in time.
Once you finish your guided visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the Queen’s tower closest surroundings, a green oasis with palm trees dominating the scenery, statues in romantic style, sarcophagi and also a fountain.
You will then be invited to explore a beautiful area of 18 hectares, where you will stroll around the gardens of the estate, full of olive and pistachio trees, mulberries, cypress and pine trees, and various herbs that one can find inside the shop of the property as well. You will see some of the most beautiful horses up close as you visit the stables and, finally, you will visit the winery and the organic vineyard located in the same place where the original vineyard was found during the Queen’s era back in the 19th century.
At the second part of the tour, you will have the opportunity to indulge in a tasting of local wines accompanied with pies of greens and cheeses and be taught the wine secrets. The winery produces some of the finest wines, aromatic and nervous, ideal for drinking them in short time, and others that are bolder, with complexity and force, with an aging potential suitable for the better expression of its character.
A few words about the wines you will try
• The wine Ilion has a blend of the indigenous variety Roditis and the French variety Sauvignon Blanc. It is a white wine, ideal to accompany dishes of the Mediterranean cuisine.
• Malagouzia is a white wine coming from the vinification of the revived, indigenous variety of the same name, that can keep an “aromatic” company with us, along with fresh fruit or nuts.
• The wine Eptalofos red comes from the co-vinification of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged in French oak barrels (that are used for three times), for 12 months, and afterwards left to mature for 2 years in the bottle at least, in the cellar which is in the basement of the winery.
• Eptalofos white originates from the international grape variety Chardonnay. The grapefruit is of low yields, vinified with the method of cold extraction, which gives a full-bodied wine, delivering intense honey and wax aromas, as well as a long aftertaste.
The wines of the estate were advertised in Europe by the French firm of hotels called “The Great Hotels of Paris” which was the exclusive buyer of the wines of the estate. Throughout 1937, the wines of the estate were being sold besides Greece, to Egypt, the United States and India!
Cancellation policy: Full refund is provided in case you cancel at least 24 hours before the realization of the tour.
For bookings of more than 7 people or for any further inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.