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Achaia Clauss

Achaia Clauss Huge Greek wine trading and production company headquartered in the port city Patras (with the same appellation) in the north of the island Peloponnese, In 1859, the German Gustav Clauss (1825-1908), who immigrated from Bavaria, acquired 60 hectares and initially started growing black currants. Two years later, he founded a winery with partner Jakob Klipfel, which he later continued to run alone. A wine trade was founded together with Theodor Harburger in 1872 to sell their own wines. In the 19th century, the winery was a popular destination for the highest circles and was used by the Greek monarchs and their foreign guests, such as the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) visited. This tradition was then continued from the 1970s, among the most prominent guests were Omar Sharif (* 1932) and Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975).

After the death of the founder Gustav Clauss, the company was taken over by his fellow countryman Gudert in 1908, confiscated as "foreign capital" by the Greek government after the First World War, and in 1920 it became the property of the Greek Vlassis Antonopoulos. Finally, it was purchased in 1955 by the Greek Konstantinos Antonopoulos, who made many investments in the wineries and recruited a team of specialists. In 1983 a new bottling plant was put into operation. Nikos Karapanos has headed the company since 1997 as chairman.

The first wine from the red variety Mavrodaphne was created in 1860. According to the preferences of that time, it was developed sweetly and slightly fortified with alcohol. During the ripening, a solar-like system à la sherry applied. From 1869 the wines were first exported to Germany and then to many other European countries. A wide range of wines from Peloponnese and Crete are produced under a total of 70 different labels. The best known and best selling brand wines in Greece "Demestica" counts in red and white, which are blended from different varieties. In the heyday of the early 1980s, 20 million bottles were produced annually and marketed throughout Europe through supermarkets.

Other well-known brands are the white wines Peloponnesiakos (Roditis, Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc), Filambelo (selected Roditisträuben, Chardonnay), Neanikos (Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc) and Melissia (Moscato), as well as the red wines Mavrodafni (the founder OPAP dessert wine from Patras , also in a reserve version), Epiloyi (Agiorgitiko), Demestika Red (Agiorgitiko), Peloras (Cabernet Sauvignon, Agiorgitiko) and the OPAP wine Leonteias (Agiorgitiko) from the appellation Nemea, Of course, also the typical Greek products Retsina and ouzo generated. A total of 25 million bottles are produced annually. The majority is exported to a total of 40 countries in all parts of the world. Achaia Clauss is one of the largest wine companies in the world,

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