Mavrodaphne – The birthplace of the famous sweet dessert wine in Petroto

Α dark, almost opaque wine with a dark red color. Mavrodaphne is initially vinified in large vats exposed to the sun. Once the wine reaches a certain level of maturity, fermentation is stopped by adding distillate prepared from previous vintages. Then the Mavrodaphne, is transferred to the underground cellars to complete its maturation. Once aged, the wine is bottled and sold as a dessert wine under the Mavrodaphne  Protected designation of origin.

The Achaia Clauss winery / Image source

Achaia Clauss, was founded in 1861 by the Bavarian Gustav Clauss who came to Patras in 1854 to work at a German raisin export company. He initially bought a vineyard of just 15 acres and eventually built the Winecastle, still preserved until today.

The sweet red wine that Gustav Clauss first produced in 1873 was given the name “Mavrodaphne” in honour of Daphne, his Greek beloved with the beautiful black eyes (Mavro means black in Greek), who died at a young age.

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