The most well-known Greek spirit, not to mention one of the most acclaimed Greek products is METAXA.
METAXA was produced for the very first time in Piraeus in 1888 by Spyros Metaxas and soon won a reputation not merely confined to the elite of Athens, but established worldwide. Thanks to its smooth taste and one-of-a-kind aroma it has won numerous prizes and awards and received a plethora of distinctions all over the globe. Nowadays, METAXA is exported to more than fifty (50) countries and ranks among the fifty (50) most popular spirit drinks worldwide.
One of the most treasured secrets of METAXA consists in its unique production process, one that has no equal and still lives on, carried out in the exact same traditional way. The process calls for the wine distillate to age in Limousin Oak casks for a number of years, depending on the type of METAXA to be produced. Throughout that time, the distillates acquire their taste, aroma and color thanks to the contact with the casks (not to mention the oxygen in the air).
As soon as the maturation time lapses, the aged distillates are mixed with Muscat wine from Samos, Limnos and Rio of Patras, treated soft water and a secret recipe of herbal extracts, only to return to the oak casks and the cellars to age further and mature. The duration of this stage depends on the type of METAXA to be produced and offers METAXA its unique characteristics and subtle, unparalleled taste.