Malamatina was founded in the late 19th century by Efstratios Malamatinas when he began cultivating vines on the family estate in Tenedos. Today “Retsina Malamatina” is a powerful brand name; distributing over 50 million bottles of Malamatina Retsina worldwide each year. The company invests in eco-friendly practices that are energy-saving and better for the environment.
Retsina is a Greek white wine that has been resinated, aka sealed with resin (most often pine resin). The practice began almost 2000 years ago as a preservation tactic of sealing out oxygen but continued even after the introduction of barreling by the Romans in the 3rd century AD, removing the functional necessity of resinating wine. Likewise, retsina has endured into modern times due to its fragrance and taste. Malamtina Retsina is the number one selling retsina on the market today. With over 60% market share in the world and around 92% market share in northern Greece. Using a blend of regional Greek grapes, primary among them the Savatiano valley variety, a small admixture of resin from the Pinus Hallepensis pine tree is added to create the signature retsina. The authentic recipe has remanged unchanged since Malamatina was founded in 1895. One taste and it’s not difficult to comprehend why.