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Our Local Wine

Fantastic Wine Right On Our Doorstep

Right in the heart of the Municipalty of Katastari and neighbouring village to Alykanas, only 15 minutes walk out of the Village of Alykanas is the home of Mousakis wines.
Since day one of opening the Cosy Corner we have supported Mouzakis Wines and not just because they are part of our community, but because we believe they are the best wines available on the island.
People come back to us time after time for the wine as well as the food.
Many seasoned wine connoisseurs come to us asking if our wine is like others they have tried in the area, we give them a taste and 99% will be more than pleased with the wine.
Out of the 4 main brewers on the Island we believe it is the best albeit not the largest. Yet.
We are so proud to have this winery as part of community, the hard work the Mouzakis family have put into this venture and the hard work it takes to keep this going, they deserve to reap rewards.

If there is one thing you should do whilst visiting the area, it is to try these wines.
Unlike the Village Wines served in many establishments, Mouzakis wine is as near to a good French wine as I have tasted.

The local village wine is generally brewed by the families who own the establishment you are in.
I am a big fan of the Village wine and love the pride of the owners that every year make gallons of the stuff, each with a unique flavor and each with a unique strength!
I highly recommend trying as many as you can, but please be aware, they can be strong!

For those that like a conventional wine however, there are many good Greek wines. Experiment a bit, but I'm sure we will see you for some Mouzakis Vino.

Meet the Family


Nikos is seen here working with this Father Dimitris. Since last year The family have been stretched. One of the reasons is that Nikos is now in further education and the Uni is on the mainland, so Nikos is away from home when the harvest is ready but, his education comes first and the family manage.
The Vineyards stretch for some way in the surrounding area and it takes a lot of work to gather the harvest, but it is all worth it.
Great products like these don't come easy.
Sunshine and Grapes, that's what we have here and these guys show us how to combine them to make wonderful wine.
Acres of Vinyard in front of the family home ensure the business has ample supply of the sun drenched grapes used to make the super wines they produce here, but the care of brewing that goes into each glass of wine and the family's unique recipes are just part of the recipe of success of the business, as Dimitri will tell you the most important ingredients are hard work and most of all passion!
Dimitri put a litre of passion into every bottle of wine, believe me.
Nikos and his Mum Angelica here are putting the grapes that they harvested earlier into the press to extract the very juice that will eventually become the very wine we drink!
I have no idea how many litres of wine they are producing a year at the moment, but it seems to increase rapidly annually.
Like most families they would have started with a couple of old oil drums and some buckets and things, In fact, I can remember when the family sold their wine in spent water bottles!

When we first moved here we lived just a few hundred yards from the winery. You wouldn't know it was there from the road and that is still the same today. Somebody gave us a bottle of each white and red. I asked them where they got it from as it was lovely stuff. They told me where the winery was and said to take a plastic 5 litre bottle up there and knock on the door or just toot if I was in my car and they will come out and fill your bottle. I won't tell you the price, so cheap though! 
Nowadays, even with all the upgrades, their own bottling and labelling systems, the machinery the makes this family Vinters of repute, they will still fill your bottles the same way if you go there! And service with a real Zakynthian smile.
If you would like to visit the winery and take your plastic 5 litre bottles (You can get these when you buy your water from the supermarket, just use the water quickly), just ask me and I will call them to find out the best times as now they are stretched for staff and may be in the fields! But the experience is worth it and I think it will become part of your real Zakynthian holiday experience. 

 

When we first moved here we lived just a few hundred yards from the winery. You wouldn't know it was there from the road and that is still the same today. Somebody gave us a bottle of each white and red. I asked them where they got it from as it was lovely stuff. They told me where the winery was and said to take a plastic 5 litre bottle up there and knock on the door or just toot if I was in my car and they will come out and fill your bottle. I won't tell you the price,
cheap though!

 
      

Far from my first visit just 7 years ago when these containers were housed in a small room next door and there were only 3 small ones, this new building hold a vast amount of wine, which shows the popularity and quality of the product.

Nan and Angelica take a couple of minutes out for a well earned break, but not for long though! Work to be done!

Nikos loading the hopper. "Come on, crush those bad boys, we're thirsty"


You wouldn't believe how hard these guys work and over here, man or woman you have to tackle every task! and that means picking the grapes as well as working the sales, so Angelica has every right to look tired here, and it's only halfway through the day!
Nan and Grandad find time for some fun in the shade. Bless!

When over, do yourselves a favour and try these wines, take part in the experience.
You will be supporting local industry but most of all, you will be discovering a taste of something you will go back to time and time again!