EPIRUS – the Apiros Chora (=infinite land) as was once known because of its size as well as for the magnificence of its landscape – present not only a rich history but also a tradition full of wine. At Zoinos Winery this tradition lively remains waiting for the winelovers to consume the wine of Zitsa.
ZOINOS WINERY is no other than the well – known Cooperative Winery of Zitsa. It was established in 1954 by the region’s vine – growers, so as to rescue the wine region of Zitsa where the indigenous rare varieties are cultivated; the white Debina and the red ones Vlahiko and Bekari. The establishment of the cooperation started with a small winery, in a time when the marks of war were still fresh, but the struggles, the efforts and the products of high quality led to the construction of a modern winery under the umbrella of Ioannina’s Union of Agricultural Cooperations, in 1972. The same year the viticultural region was indicated as PDO Zitsa.
In 2006 the winery separated from the U.A.C. creating Zoinos Winery, as we know it today, since then the company has run a number of investments in order to upgrade the Winery facilities, established a new branch in the city of Ioannina and participates in viticultural research programs in cooperation with the local university.
The winery owns a number of vineyards but also makes use of the wine-grower’s crops from local varieties such as Debina, Vlahiko and Bekari together with the cosmopolitan Chardonnay, Traminer, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Zoinos winery produces two kinds of wines; still and sparkling (PDO and PGI) and distillates, using innovative methods of cultivations and vinification.
Key to the company’s success is the human resources, consisting of staff and partners with high scientific training, professional experience and special training skills, with which it maintains long-term working relationships.
Equipped with tradition, passion, technology, knowledge, respect towards the consumer and a long experience, ZOINOS WINERY aspires to offer quality wines and distillates, with exquisite aromas and features that will make every palate… travel to Apiros Chora.
Certifications & Awards
- ISO 22000
- EU Organic Certification
ZOINOS WINERY has a unique selling point, our unique indigenous varieties, Debina, Vlahiko and Bekari.
These three varieties are cultivated only at the viticultural region of Zitsa, that’s why the primary objective of the company, since 1954, was to rescue the rare wine region and its terroir, all in cooperation with the vine producers.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of 700m in the sloping ground facing the Ionian Sea, where its winds create mild winters and cool summer. The soil is calcareous with steep slopes, which provide them with good drainage from water. The vine density ranges 4.000 per hectare, the average crop yield is below 2.5 kgr per vine and the average yield is 80 hl/ha.
ZOINOS WINERY‘s philosophy of producing first class, quality wine, is based on old-world craftsmanship, time-honoured traditions and modern, scientific practices. Only the finest, handpicked grapes are selected each year from across the entire Zitsa region, together with a carefully honed selection from each & different village.
‘’Each and every bottle of wine is nurtured by us through every step of the making of a fine wine. This magical journey is only made possible by respecting our terroir and by using our indigenous varieties Debina, Vlahiko and Bekari’’says our winemaker Eleni Sintou.
Over the years the primary objective was achieved, so further research and development was absolutely necessary. New vineyards cultivated by us, planted with our indigenous varieties and at the same time, reviving some of the rarest indigenous Epirotic varieties, by producing wines rooted in an organic logic and representative of their terroirs.
Since 2016, we offer a range of organic and orange wines, honoring Zitsa’s special terroir throughout the world.