IMERYS establishes a vineyard in the already rehabilitated part of the Trachilas active perlite mine on Milos Island, reintroducing a traditional activity.
In 2014, IMERYS Industrial Minerals Greece S.A. transformed a rehabilitated perlite mine in Milos Island to a new financial activity via viticulture. This was a traditional activity on the island in 1930s that is now revived by the company’s initiative. Starting from February 2014, approximately 22,300 vines were planted in a total area of 63.1 acres. A feasibility study and a business plan were previously carried out to assess this initiative’s sustainability. In August 2016, the first vine harvest was conducted at Milos’ Vineyard. 300 kilos of grapes were turned into wine and the first bottling of wine production is expected within 2017.
Through Vineyard project, environment is protected and preserved as an organic cultivation method is applied. Moreover, irrigation water is recycled, which is an aspect of invaluable importance as water in the Cyclades Islands is in shortage. Four free training seminars with approximately 300 participants have already been provided to the local community, encouraging Milos’ residents to revive small family vineyards using organic agricultural methods. Education on the use of industrial minerals is also encouraged, as prominent examples of Milos’ minerals are used in viticulture and wine production. These minerals are sulfur, protecting the crop from disease in organic winegrowing, bentonite that is used for wine stabilization and perlite that is used in wine clarification. Finally, the activity will also contribute to “alternative” tourism on the island, attracting visitors interested in wine-making and wine-tasting.
Site: Trachilas, Greece – Milos
Vines: ~ 22,300
Local participants: ~ 300 in seminars
Partners: Milos Rehabilitation Department, Vineyard workers, Oenologist