THE PHAIDON PROJECT

THE PHAIDON PROJECT

The Phaidon Project is promoting a different way of enjoying a Greek holiday through a unique travel experience, set on Montofoli Wine Estate, a classified archaeological site in the ancient town of Karystos on the southern coast of Evia island, and only 2 hours from the Athens airport.

Evia is par excellence a true island apart. A less known tourist destination that combines endless easy-to-reach sandy beaches and an impressive history of earlier civilizations. Other than the natural and physical beauty of the land, there is a plethora of upscale activities available for your most discerning guests.

Montofoli Wine Estate situated midway between the port and the spectacular Venetian fortress of Castello Rosso above, provides a graceful balance between past and present.

While the historical Estate has been restored and is now a working field and vineyard, its historical buildings have become unique lodgings. Each villa has its own charming and distinct character and combines real comfort with a sense of luxury. Complemented by verandas and quiet spaces for relaxation, all outside spaces enjoy splendid views of both mountain and sea.

This might be enough for a holiday in itself, but the impulse behind our project is to blend the luxury of this special place with the pursuit of deeper truths embedded in its history and architecture.

Phaidon Project is offered to small exclusive groups, and intellectually minded people, a wider experience for the curious mind. Altogether the goal is for the visitors to gain a deeper knowledge of the Greek culture and history, through different activities.

Local tours include a Venetian fortress, daily walks, a sample of hands on agro-tourism, wine tasting, interesting presentations.

Learn how to cook and taste Mediterranean delicacies, as well as how to pair them with local wines; paint your own work of art; detox with mountain tea and local herbs and attend lectures and discussions on subjects ranging from the influence of ‘‘Wine in art’’ to the surprising, ‘‘Everyday use of common Greek words in the English language’’.

Here is a chance to truly experience a part of Greece and Greek history.

THE PHAIDON PROJECT

The Phaidon Project is promoting a different way of enjoying a Greek holiday through a unique travel experience, set on Montofoli Wine Estate, a classified archaeological site in the ancient town of Karystos on the southern coast of Evia island, and only 2 hours from the Athens airport.

Evia is par excellence a true island apart. A less known tourist destination that combines endless easy-to-reach sandy beaches and an impressive history of earlier civilizations. Other than the natural and physical beauty of the land, there is a plethora of upscale activities available for your most discerning guests.

Montofoli Wine Estate situated midway between the port and the spectacular Venetian fortress of Castello Rosso above, it provides a graceful balance between past and present.

While the historical Estate has been restored and is now a working field and vineyard, its historical buildings have become unique lodgings. Each villa has its own charming and distinct accommodation and combines real comfort with a sense of luxury. Complemented by verandas and quiet spaces for relaxation, all outside space enjoys splendid views of both mountain and sea.

This might be enough for a holiday in itself, but the impulse behind our project is to blend the luxury of this special place with the pursuit of deeper truths embedded in its history and architecture.

Phaidon Project is offered to small exclusive groups, and intellectually minded people, a wider experience for the curious mind. Altogether the goal is for the visitors to gain a deeper knowledge of the Greek culture and history, through different activities.

Local tours include a Venetian fortress, daily walks, a sample of hands on agro-tourism, wine tasting, interesting presentations.

Learn how to cook and taste Mediterranean delicacies, as well as how to pair them with local wines; paint your own work of art; detox with mountain tea and local herbs and attend lectures and discussions on subjects ranging from the influence of ‘‘Wine in art’’ to the surprising, ‘‘Everyday use of common Greek words in the English language’’.

Here is a chance to truly experience a part of Greece and Greek history.

Local tours include a Venetian fortress, daily walks, a sample of hands on agro-tourism, wine tasting, interesting presentations.

Learn how to cook and taste Mediterranean delicacies, as well as how to pair them with local wines; paint your own work of art; detox with mountain tea and local herbs and attend lectures and discussions on subjects ranging from the influence of ‘‘Wine in art’’ to the surprising, ‘‘Everyday use of common Greek words in the English language’’.

Here is a chance to truly experience a part of Greece and Greek history.

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THE PHAIDON PROJECT GUIDE

Short Program: 3 Days, 2 Nights

DAY 1

  • Arrival at the Estate and accommodation in your villa
  • Welcome drink with your hosts at Villa Marianne
  • Dinner with local dishes in the port of Karystos

DAY 2

08.00 – 10:00 Breakfast at the Estate
10.30 – 11.30 Guided tour of the Estate, the Vineyard, the cellar in St. Marcus Church and the Marble Yard
11.30 – 13.00 Presentation: Greek Is Not a Foreign Language – and – Wine Tasting: 5 Wines from Evia
13.00 Light Lunch with your favourite wine
18.30 – 20.30 Presentation: Wine in Art
21.00 Dinner at Sevastis’ Kitchen: A four-course meal, matched with a selection of fine wines

DAY 3

8.30 – 10.30 Sunday Mass at St. Nicholas Church (optional) – Breakfast – Group photo at Montofoli
11.30 – 13.30 Tour of Castello Rosso and the Karystos Museum
13.30 – 15.00 Ouzo mezes (appetizers) at Phillipa’s, in the port
Departure for Rafina

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Long Program: 4 Days, 3 Nights

DAY 1

  • Arrival at the Estate and accommodation in your villa
  • Welcome drink with your hosts at Villa Marianne
  • Dinner with local dishes in the port of Karystos

DAY 2

08.00 – 10:00 Breakfast at the Estate
10.30 – 11.30 Guided tour of the Estate, the Vineyard, the cellar in St. Marcus Church and the Marble Yard
11.30 – 13.00 Presentation: Greek Is Not a Foreign Language – and – Wine Tasting: 5 Wines from Evia
13.00 Light Lunch with your favourite wine
18.30 – 20.30 Presentation: Wine in Art
21.00 Dinner at Sevastis’ Kitchen: A four-course meal, matched with a selection of fine wines

DAY 3

8.30 – 10.30 Sunday Mass at St. Nicholas Church (optional) – Breakfast – Group photo at Montofoli
11.30 – 13.30 Tour of Castello Rosso and the Karystos Museum
13.30 – 15.00 Ouzo mezes (appetizers) at Phillipa’s, in the port
18.00 Cooking Class with local ingredients, according to season, followed by Dinner

DAY 4

08.00 – 10:00 Breakfast at the Estate – Swimming (either pool or beach)
Departure for Rafina

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General Information

• Alexandra Jelkes is your Guide through entire program
• Guided tours and presentations are in English
• The program may change, depending on the weather or other unusual conditions
• Guests are welcome to use all facilities of the Estate
• Breakfast is served at Sevastis’ Kitchen on the Estate: yogurt with mountain honey (both local) and fresh seasonal fruits, coffee, teas, infusions, organic eggs, fresh-baked bread and koulouria (grape juice cookies)
• Internet access with free Wi-Fi throughout the estate
• Yoga, Thai Massage, and Tai Chi are available upon request
• Third-party liability insurance during your stay
• Meeting point at the Port of Rafina
• We recommend taxi transfer to/ from Athens Airport

Prices

There are four traditional villas on the Estate. Each may accommodate up to four people, in two double rooms.

PARTICIPANTS COST (IN EUROS)
SHORT PROGRAM
COST (IN EUROS)
LONG PROGRAM
1 person 1500 2000
Each additional person in the same villa
(max. 4 persons/villa)
230 280

• Maximum Attendance: 8 persons
• Payment: 30% deposit upon booking and full payment 30 days before arrival.
• Cancellation Policy: 60 days’ notice prior to scheduled arrival date for full refund

Dates

The program is available upon request for Spring and Autumn 2021

For further information or to register for a package, please contact us: phaidonproject@montofoli.gr

TESTIMONIALS

Spending a week at Montofoli Wine Estate was an experience I shall never forget. It remains etched in my heart as a memory that ignites love and awe each time I recall it. The immense grandeur and stylish chic of the estate and the whole local region with its breathtaking views, its calm winds, its resident croaking frog called Hercules, its sleeping cats under Bougainvillea on ancient paved stones with noble pillars and in the cool shade of antiquities from the living archaeological site, its expansive vineyards and ancient wine cellars, lush citrus groves and it’s clear view of the milky way at night – are things that beckon me back to spend more time there. This spectacular place oozes with ancient memories and loving restoration, coupled with the gracious hospitality of its owners – which make it a place I would recommend to anyone seeking beauty, quiet and connection to the ancient history of our ancestors.

GULRUKH KHAN, multi-Award-winning Filmmaker, Holistic Specialist and Summits Producer

It comes as a surprise to me that Karystos, which is well off the beaten tourist path, should have such a multitude of excellent restaurants. But our first meal turns out to be a kind of high tea at 6 pm. Marianne welcomes us in the roofed terrace area with home-cooked left-overs: the best bakaliaro skordalia (fried cod with garlic sauce) I think I’ve ever gobbled, spinach pie, and salad remnants. And yet, just a few hours later, we have plenty of room for the area’s best lamb chops, greens, and fries at a rustic taverna in Aetos, in the hills above Montofoli. That evening, after Pavlos’s talk in the enchanted circle, our host takes us through the vineyard where liatiko grapes are red and ready to pick, and then into the former church/stable/cellar where a dozen or so barrels of sweet wine lie ageing. We have a degustation and then pile into three cars to go down to the port for another feast. As we’re basking in the Karacostases’ generosity, I think how grateful I am to be part of this eclectic group; to have shared meals and stories with new friends from such different backgrounds. It’s possible that we will come together again, to enjoy the Montofoli experience, a rare treat filled with history, views, swims, delicious meals, and delicious wines, and spiked with passion.

Diana Farr Louis, Weekly Hubris, Andros, September 2018

Montofoli Wine Estate is the closest thing to heaven I have experienced. History meets culture and authenticity. Being the only archeological site in which you can lodge makes staying at Montofoli even more magical, time stands still in the estate and across the city, a perfect place to unwind and enjoy true greek hospitality on the highest and personal level. I fell in love with the location and I will make it a tradition to come back and unwind here every summer at least!

Roza Sinaysky, Tel Aviv, March 2019

The elegant Marianne Larsson-Karacostas and her polymath husband Paulos Karacostas have lovingly transformed an historic property once fallen into ruins. With patience, attention to detail, and respect for the land and the spirit of the Montofoli estate, they have created a sublime retreat to restore one’s spirit. Set into a hillside above their ancient citrus groves and vineyard, famed for its prize-winning sun-dried sweet wine, the magnificent Venetian manor house with its Ottoman addition connects to the vineyard by a long, wide stone staircase, flanked by two lions, and running down to the vines. Ancient Greek columns lie about the gardens where lavender, rosemary and mint scent the air, and terracotta urns artfully grace stone walls and terraces. Pink geraniums, peach roses, loquat trees, Cyprus and pine trees create arbors for the birds. Church bells and sheep’s bells and bees add to the bucolic atmosphere. To stay at Montofoli is like stepping into a 19th century painting, but the accommodations are comfortable and beautifully appointed. Each cottage has unique charm and privacy as well as a well-equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee and tea. Marianne delivered a sumptuous basket of delicacies for our enjoyment: her glorious marmalade, honey, an enormous hunk of delicious local cheese, bread, wine, eggs, yogurt, apples, clove-studded biscuits, tomatoes. Both Paulos and Marianne devoted so much time to answering our endless questions about Greece and Greek politics as well as to helping us plan our visit, recommending superb restaurants, hikes, drives, beaches, but we ended up spending more time enjoying the sublime peace of the estate. One feels the Greek (and Swedish!) spirit of hospitality in Marianne and Paulos’s attention to their guests’ comfort. We have traveled widely for many, many years, and our experience on Evia and the Montofoli estate in particular was exceptional. The spirit of ξενία, xenía, the ancient Greek “guest-friendship” is alive at Montofoli.

Elizabeth L., guest on May 2017