Day 4 Trip to Skala

Back on the Road Again!

Back on the road again and this time we decided to go down to Skala. We drove through Lourdata as we needed fuel for the Quad Bike. We had many questions, what fuel, we knew it was Unleaded, but would there be a choice? How much would it be? And do we serve ourselves? Well we didn’t need to worry about that as the nice man spoke good english as did most of the people we met. He served us the fuel and joked, he looked in the fuel tank and said I bet it will take €15 Euros. Was he right? Well €14.81Our Fantastic Quad Bike

There is one major road from Argostoli to Skala, which was quite busy, not only cars, but Lorries and Buses, but it was an easy route. All I had to remember was keep my right hand near the kerb, as an Englishman I was driving / Riding on the wrong side of the road!

We got to Valerianos and there was a choice in the road, straight on or turn right towards the coast. We went right, through some small villages that were so beautiful. We got to Thiramonas and saw the signs to a winery, we had missed the chance yesterday to visit one so off we went following the signs to Melissinos Winery.  We drove through the village and turned up an un-made road and found a carpark. There were three people there, who told us the Winery was closed. We must have looked so disappointed that after a quick conversation in Greek, there decided take us for a quick tour.

Melissinos Winery

I believe the man was referred to as Nikos told us about their wines. He told us they make small quantities of high quality wine, one of the Red wines was so dark he told us, it was called Mavro. Oh Black! said Cheryl; how do you know the greek word for black. She told him that I speak a little greek and we have named our Black Cat Mavro because he is very black.

He took us through a gate to an old house. He told us the family had been producing wines here for many years. He showed us around the outside of the house and told us how they collect the grapes.

The old olive press at Melissinos Winery
The old olive press at Melissinos Winery

He told us the reason the Winery was closed was because the family had gone to London to exhibit their wines.

The well at Melissinos Winery
The well at Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old barrels used in the past for wine production at Melissinos Winery
Old barrels used in the past for wine production at Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old barrels used in the past for wine production at Melissinos Winery
Old barrels used in the past for wine production at Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissinos Winery
Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He then went into the building and came back with a bottle of MAVRO wine and presented it to us. We were over joyed, we think it was because of our comment about our cat being called Mavro.

Orange Trees and Lemon Trees in the grounds of Melissinos Winery
Orange Trees and Lemon Trees in the grounds of Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl commented about the Orange Trees and the Lemon Trees that were just full of fruit, He said pick what you want. I must say I cannot remember ever eating an orange that was so sweet. We sliced the Lemon and put it into our water bottle the next day.

A view of some of the vines at Melissinos Winery
A view of some of the vines at Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

And then it came time for our Good Byes, such lovely friendly people, Thank you so much.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melissinos Winery
Thiramona, 28086
THIRAMONA, KEFALONIA

Ionian

T: 26710 29716
F: 26710 29716

melissinoswinery@yahoo.gr
www.melissinoswinery.gr 
 
And now an update: We are now back in the UK, so here’s a picture of our Mavro with his bottle of Marko.
 
Marko the Cat
 
Mavro Wine from Melissinos Winery
Mavro Wine from Melissinos Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mavro Wine from Melissinos Winery
Mavro Wine from Melissinos Winery