Have you ever wished you knew more about wine, its styles and its flavours?
Have you ever had to rely on the ever-so-slightly patronizing advice of a wine waiter when choosing a suitable wine in a restaurant?
This could be the holiday for you. Together with your host George Karimalis, you will explore the world of wine in the ancient home of wine-making, Ikaria .What has Ikaria got to do with wine? Ikaria has ancient and close ties with wine. In the Homeric Odes both Drakanos -an ancient Ikarian city -and Ikaria are noted as the birthplace of the wine-god Dionysos. The Ikarian Wine was the famous wine of antiquity, mentioned in the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" of Homer, in the "Iona" and "Republic" of Plato, in the "Knights" of Aristophanes, in the "Idyllics" of Theokritos, in Apollodoros and others.
Over the course you will learn the basics of wine, its origins, its making and its varieties. For this, you will be given 6 four-hour lectures at the winery with the aim of giving you an entry into the world of wine, starting from the very beginning, its origins and its flavours.
You will learn about the history of wine-making
You will learn about the different styles of wines and the grapes used in them. You will learn step by step how to taste the wine. You will learn the special vocabulary of the wine-tasting. How to describe the colour, the flavours and the taste of the wine .
Every day we learn through charts, projectors and photographs and we taste 8-10 carefully selected and representative wines.
Then, at the end of each lecture, the remaining wine in the bottles will be drunk with the accompaniment of freshly prepared organic food.
It is envisaged that the lectures will take place in the afternoon and early evening, from 6pm to 10pm, when the sun is not so hot and the atmosphere is less dry and more relaxed.