In the far northwest side of Greece, on the plateau of Amintaio, at a distance of 9km from the settlement of Aghios Panteleimonas, one can find the vineyards of the estate. The grape varieties that are cultivated here are: the old organic variety of Xinomavro, as well as the almost forgotten Limniona and the newer Asyrtico and Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus, the following wines are produced here: the sparkling wine Karanika Brut, the red wine which is a blend of Xinomavro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the intensely fruity Assyrtico and the luscious rosé made with the xinomavro variety.
Domaine Karanika was founded by Laurens M. Hartman - Karanika and Annette van Kampen. Laurens is the son of a Greek mother and a Dutch father. Both he and his wife Annette had lived all their life in the Netherlands and had worked for about 15 years in various management positions in publishing before one day they decided to pursue their dream: to produce top-quality wine. Over the years, they were trained as winemakers, oenologists and vineyardists in Europe and the US. They seriously considered all options, from Australia to Germany, but their love for the amazing Xinomavro variety led them to Amyndeo in Greece.
At Domaine Karanika the finest quality wines are produced in harmony with nature to protect the health of people and the earth.
The Karanika winery is a three-storey, gravity-flow building situated between the villages of Amyndeo, Vegora and Levea, on a slope at the shores of lake Vegoritis. The exclusive design of the building allows the wines to be made without the disastrous effects of pumps and filters.
The company's name is: “Hartman Laurens & Co” with the distinctive title “Karanika Domaine”.
The ageing cellars and the bottling units are located at the basement. The rest of this bottom floor is reserved for the production of rosé, white wines and sparkling wines.