A fusion of wine tradition, archaeology, and innovation.
Located on the Ikarian highlands overlooking the western end of the island the Afianes estate is a place where wine, friends, nature, and tradition come together. The winery spreads across a verdant hilltop interspersed with natural granite stones, and it is a true sanctuary for wine and nature lovers alike.
From the outset, the main goal of Nikos Afianes and his wife Maria was for Ikarian wine to regain its ancient historical place on the global wine map. Afianes wine estate was created with love and good taste in 1997 in the Raches district of Ikaria. Today, Afianes wines have established themselves worldwide as unique, combining the ancient wine traditions of Ikaria with the exquisite local grape-varieties and the innovative winemaking methods. Visitors have the chance to get acquainted with the traditional Ikarian way of making wine, starting from the old “cyclopean horseshoe-shaped winepress”, and the stone cellar for clay jars where the wine-making process is taking place.
Afianes state-of-the-art winery is built inside a large vineyard located in the village of Profitis Elias in northwestern Ikaria at an altitude of 610 m.
Dine under the stars at the private courtyard of a traditional granite house of the Ikarian highlands, and indulge in the gastronomical treasures of the island.
Enjoy an intimate and private chef dinner under the stars at the Afianes estate. Begin your private tour of the estate by visiting the “pithostasi” where wine is fermented and aged in clay jars buried underground, and experience the wine-making method of the ancient Ikarians. Enter the granite cellar where the oldest wines of the estate are stored and get to taste three cellar wines while the winemaker helps you choose the right one for your dinner. Be taken to the dinner location where your table will be set at the courtyard of a granite house, next to a 200-year-old chestnut tree, and watch our chef prepare a multi-course dinner exclusively for you.
Dine under the light of the night sky and explore local delicacies cooked with fresh local ingredients, all paired magnificently with exceptional wine in a serene, all natural and private setting.
*Only by reservation 48 hours in advance.