(curated by Tina Presche, Oxyzen Yachting)
Summer, sun, sea and delicious food – on the beach, at a marina or in a picturesque fishing village. What’s your favourite cocktail, mocktail, beer, softdrink or wine?
What to sip on
For me, a cool glass of rosé is a must in summer. And did you know that Greece offers a variety of delicious wines, which are on par with the traditional Côte de Provence wines of France.
Here are some samples as inspiration. All tested and approved by me!
La Tour Melas Idylle d`Achinos
La Tour Melas Idylle d`Achinos is one of the best, if not the best rosé wine in Greece. The berries of this wine are handpicked and fermented by the Saignée method. It has a beautiful pale salmon color with silver highlights. A Provençal rosé with elegant aromas of strawberries and rose notes, limes and an underlying minerality. Silky and soft in the mouth, with a finish that is accompanied by mango and white peach.
Alpha Estate – Rosé Single Vineyard “Hedgehog”
One of the best rosé wines in Greece made from 100% Xinomavro, from the famous single vineyard “Hedgehog”. The vineyard is located at an altitude of 690 meters, with northern exposure, overlooking Lake Petron and Mount Voras.
A fascinating bright salmon pink color. Fruity nose with rich expression. Aromas of rose petals and strawberries. The palate is quite full but superbly balanced. The taste echos the aromas of the nose. Nice long persistent finish.
Domaine Costa Lazaridi – Amethystos Rosé
Amethystos Rosé from Costa Lazaridi is one of the pioneer wines for exquisite rosé wine in Greece. This great rosé, made from the international grapes Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, has been around since 1992.
It has a great crystal clear deep pink color. An expressive wine with aromas of red currants and strawberries. Lively, tangy, fruity with a rich finish.
Where to sneak a peak
Why not add a winery and vineyard tour to your next trip to one of the Greeks islands?
One very nice example is Estate Argyros on Santorini. As one of the leading estates of Greece, this premier private vineyard owner on the island of Santorini is one of the oldest wine families in the country. Estate Argyros has continuously produced great wines for more than 110 years.
Surrounded by vineyards, the cutting-edge production facilities are matched with a beautiful, relaxing, airy wine tasting hall, making the wine tour an impeccable experience.
Visitors can choose between a range of accommodating options, be it a quick stopover or a more lengthy stay, for occasional wine lovers or wine aficionados. At the Estate the Assyrtiko grape and the Santorini wines can be tasted and enjoyed. All Estate Argyros wine tours include spending time in vineyards and exposure to the production, followed by tutored tasting of the Estate Argyros wines. The famous Vinsanto wine tasting is included, coupled with artisanal cheeses and cold cuts.
Where to dip your toes in the sand while sipping on your chilled rosé…
(source: Condé Nast Traveler)
If all beach bars have started to feel strangely familiar, whether you’re in Canggu, Cartagena or Comporta, blame it on Scorpios. This self-styled ‘lifestyle commune’ sparked a craze for organic-with-a-dash-of-ethnic styling when it jump-started the Mykonos comeback in 2015. The driftwood daybeds, sepia-toned plaster walls and wicker lampshades might look effortless, but a great deal of effort was put into those oversized ceramics and macramé hammocks. Sip on sassy melon Margaritas or order one of the chunky wooden trays piled with avocado tzatziki, smoked aubergines, and wood-fired prawns laced with chilli and coriander. Scorpios is like a grown-up version of the island’s party scene; an evolution from all-night raves to all-day chilling. Soho House took over Scorpios last summer and Scorpios promises to be the first of several Soho House beach hangouts worldwide. Rumour has it Ibiza, Miami and Tulum are next up.
With new Mykonos openings such as Scorpios and Jackie O’s constantly upping the ante, this 13-year-old classic has had to constantly evolve to stay ahead of the pack. Last year saw the arrival of four slick $5,000-a-day cabanas, with a seven-course meal for six, exclusive use of a giant hot tub including a private butler. Despite being positively stately by beach-bar standards, Nammos still knows how to have fun: long lunches routinely slide into bacchanalian parties with Leonardo di Caprio holding court. Seafood is sourced from a boat that works almost exclusively for the club, and there’s a beef bar serving the best cuts of Wagyu and kobe. For those who don’t fancy tackling the winding road leading down to Psarou beach, make like Mariah Carey and moor a yacht in the bay or, better still, use the helipad.
KRABO, ATHENS RIVIERA
In 1960, a doctor named Giagkos Stavridis built a complex of holiday apartments in Vouliagmeni, a pine-fringed finger of land curling into a deep-blue bay 12 miles from the Acropolis. He called it The Margi, after his two daughters, Maria and Gina. That same year, the Astir Palace hotel opened around the headland. And just like that, the Athens Riviera was born. Sixty years later, Vouliagmeni is still the capital’s most refined seaside enclave, with its yacht club, Matsuhisa restaurant and high-rolling beach scene. The Astir Palace has just reopened as Greece’s first Four Seasons.
And The Margi is still in the same family. Last summer, architect-owner Giagkos Agiostratitis and his brother Theo snapped up a simple taverna on nearby Zoska Bay and in its place created next-step-up Krabo, a Scorpios-inspired beach bar where the marinated king crab comes with corn bread and salmon roe, and the Aperol Spritz is infused with watermelon syrup.
… and where to dip your toes into the water
O’PTASIA’s all-weather beach club will impress even the most discerning charter guests, with discreet sliding glass doors that keep the temperature of the beach club cool, even on a hot day. Inside, there’s a bar fitted with a juicer for freshly squeezed orange juice and smoothies served to your sunbed, as well as a white marble steam room inspired by Turkish hammams. Plus, O’Ptasia‘s generous swim platform has a additional section that raises and lowers for easy access to the sea.
Geco‘s beach club has huge dimensions, with features including hidden ocean steps and space for a dining table for six at the ocean’s edge.
Enjoy a cocktail at sunset at Pegasus’ beach club.
All yachts can be booked through us. Don’t hesitate to contact us for inquiries.
If you’d like to dive deeper into our Oxyzen World, we invite you to join us at our very special OXYZEN X ODYSEAS LOUNGE AREA, located at Odyseas Marina on beautiful Meganisi island in the Ionian Sea.
Vathy Bay, Meganisi 31083, Greece
Just relax, listen to our very own Oxyzen playlists (available on Spotify and Apple Music) and meet people who also love yachting, sailing and being on water. Or sip on our signature Oxyzen Cocktail while watching megayachts berth, sailing masts sway in the breeze and colourful fishing boats cruise by.
And if you’re lucky enough, you might even snatch a bottle of our Oxy-Scent perfume, which was created exclusively for us by Greek perfumer Theodoros Kalotinis. Currently, the perfume is only available as a present to our charter clients on board our yachts and is not sold commercially. But we decided to offer a very limited amount of bottles at the Odyseas Marina Boutique to our Oxyzen friends, who would like to “wear” Oxy-Scent and be part of our world.
Enjoy the summer to the fullest!
Oxyzen Infused edition .3 – May