Based in Askri, in the Boeotia region, the Zaharias family continues the tradition started by their grandfather Nikolaos, who, in 1946, started a small winemaking facility. Nowadays, the third generation cultivates their vines in the Valley of the Muses, which has given its name to the modern winemaking unit operating in Askri.
These vineyards are home to quality varieties from abroad but, also, mainly, endemic varieties that have adapted to the climate of the area. Of particular interest is the revival of the rare variety Mouchtaro, a variety grown exclusively in the vineyards of the Muses Estate.
The winemaking unit presents a full series of codes in white, rose, and red wine, while at the same time -but in a different space- a distillery is in place, producing distills, such as tsipouro.
The vineyards are located at an altitude between 450 and 520m and have a slope between 5 and 10%. The vines are planted in rows with a North to South orientation, which allows good exposure to sunlight and helps the grapes to reach optimal phenolic ripeness and sugar concentration. At the same time, cold air currents coming down from Mount Helicon cool the vines and help the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their acidity. The soil is fertile, with mixed composition ranging from sandy loam to clay loam. Every year 1.5 hectares of new vines are planted with existing or new varieties for experimentation.
The Valley of the Muses is in the northwestern part of Athens, in the region of Boeotia, and is formed on the slopes of the Elikonas Mountain, due to the route of the Permissos River on its short way to the sea.
During the ancient times, the nine Mousses, daughters of Zeus, but also Hesiod, one of the greatest poets of ancient Greece, had their home there.
The Valley of the Muses, is an area ideal for vine growing. Here, the climate is characterized by mild, wet winters and dry summers, with long periods of sunshine.