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The huge Greek wine trading and production company with its headquarters in the harbour town of Patras (with the appellation of the same name) is located in the north of the island of Peloponnese. The company was founded in 1859 by Gustav Clauss (1825-1908), an immigrant from Bavaria, who acquired 60 hectares of land. Initially, blackcurrants were cultivated. Two years later, Clauss founded a winery with his partner Jakob Klipfel, which he later continued to run alone. Together with Theodor Harburger, a wine trade was founded in 1872 to market their own wines. Achaia Clauss is considered the third oldest Greek company of modern times.

Achaia Clauss - Porträt, Weingutsgebäude

Demestica brand wine

From 1908, the company was a leader in the production of Mavrodaphne wines, including the best-known Greek branded wine Demestica. In the 19th century, the winery was a favourite excursion destination for the highest circles and was visited by Greek monarchs and their foreign state guests, such as the Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) and the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) in 1865. This tradition was then continued from the 1970s onwards, with actor Omar Sharif (1932-2015) and shipowner Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975) among the most prominent guests.

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