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Emery winery

Emery winery

Emery, a family owned and operated company was established on Rhodes in 1923. The company is now run by the third generation of the Triantafillou family. The name Emery originates from Emeric D’Amboise of French origin who was the Great Magistrate of Rhodes from 1503-1512. This modern family winery is located in the village of Embona.

Over the years, the name Emery has become synonymous with the utmost respect for taste, tradition and quality wine making. Originally, Emery only produced alcohol. Later they began supplying other businesses with alcohol and by the end of the World War II began producing various fruit distillates. In 1966 Emery began producing wine.

Athiri Vounoplagias

Granrosé Emery
Grand Prix

The Emery winery, still one of the largest in Greece, was built in 1974 in the village of Embona at an altitude of 700m. The vineyards are cultivated on the northwesterly slopes of Mount Attaviros, celebrated for the quality of their Athiri and Amorgiano (Mandilaria) grapes, indigenous varieties known for their characteristically low yields. Decades of collaboration with local vine growers from the region, coupled with Emery’s expertise and commitment, have enabled them to build a distinctive range of quality wines from these unique Greek varietal grapes, many grown since ancient times.

Rhodes - Island of the Knights

Rhodes, the largest island of the Dodecanese group and the third largest in Greece, is located in the Southeastern part of the Aegean Sea very close to the coast of Asia Minor. The total area is 1,398 sq km. The island is 78km long and 38km at its widest point and has 220 km of beachfront areas. The population is over 90,000 people, of which approximately 60,000 live in the city of Rhodes.

The island of Rhodes, also known as "the emerald of the Aegean Sea", is famous not only for its natural beauty and rich history, but for its wines as well. Although Rhodes has been renowned for its wines since ancient times, it is thanks to the wine loving Italians, who inhabited the island between 1912-1945, that viticulture and winemaking were rediscovered after the Turkish occupation. The wine trade has flourished on the island ever since.

The History of Rhodian Wine

The ancient people of Rhodes, followers of Hermes Kerdoos, the God of profit, knew well the value of trade, a fact corroborated by historical sources. Thanks to Rhodes’ pivotal location near the mainland of Asia as a point of contact for the Greeks and the civilizations of the Orient, its importance to trade in the Hellenic world was enormous, considering it size.

Rhodes was known to be one of the first islands in the Aegean to adopt the cultivation of the grapevine and the vinification process. Aided by its powerful naval forces, Rhodes became the foremost merchant of wines and crops by the middle 7th century BC, which brought incredible wealth to the island.

Wine amphorae in archeological site

Wine amphorae in
archeological site

Archealogical discoveries, inscriptions and literary sources are the main sources of information about wine trade of ancient times. Thanks to this wealth of evidence we know that amphorae, earthern storage vessels, were mainly used in transporting and trading Rhodian wines. Amphorae were also used to transport other products such as oil, olives and dried fruit. In Rhodes less than 5% of the stamped handles from the amphorae found were foreign, an indication that local containers and products prevailed and the island was self-sufficient.

Wine amphorae

Wine amphorae

Amphorae came in a variety of shapes and colors. These features help us distinguish their origin. Amphorae were all made with narrow necks so that they could be corked. They included two opposite vertical handles and at the bottom a pointed base or knob that could be used as a third handle for pouring the contents when inverted. Evidence leads us to the conclusion that this type of amphorae was made as early as the 7th century BC. Amphorae were indispensable to trade and their shape was perfectly adapted to their use. Their pointed base ensured a good fit between amphorae placed horizontally in two or three rows in the holds of ships, improving the ship’s balance and optimizing the use of space. The study of amphorae is the key to the history of wine trade in antiquity. The characteristics of amphorae differed with each city-state to such a degree that it often also became its currency symbol. Stamped handles of Rhodian amphorae have been found throughout the Mediterranean area and in hundreds of ancient sites around the Danube River, the Black Sea and even as far away as India.

These amphorae were also marked with a pair of stamps containing the rose or sun-rayed head of the Sun God, Helios. These were also used as emblems on the coins of Rhodes. A precursor to the modern appellation system, the amphorae stamps also contained two names. One was an endorsement of a licensed manufacturer and the other the name of an annually appointed official such as the head priest of Rhodes which also served as a date reference. Speculation tells us that at some point there must have been reference lists of the authorities and dates marked on the stamps, but unfortunately no records of these lists have been found. The ceramists inscribed their names and a cluster of grapes on the amphorae they produced, further proof that the amphorae came from a Rhodian workshop and its contents from a Rhodian vineyard. Many centuries later the indication of "Appellation Controllée" was adopted by the French. This is now a common international practice.


Enoteca Emery

Afstralias 28 & Kolokotroni Str.
851 00 Rhodes
Tel: +30 210 6844336

US Importers
Athenee Importers
P.O.Box 2039
Hempstead NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

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