2021 Ari's Natural Wine Co. Retsini

Southern Highlands, NSW

An Australian take on a traditional Greek wine style. Unique and totally delicious!


...a really vibrant and enjoyable, left of centre drink.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

It was a family tradition to make wine that first started the winemaking journey for young NSW based Tony Zafirakos. 

His father, Ari, would buy grapes from the local market and make wine for the family in his garage as was the way in their Greek community. 

Here Tony makes a tribute to the classic Greek wine style, Retsina. This is skin contact Chardonnay and Zibibbo infused with Aleppo pine resin during ferment.

The balance here is excellent. Just enough of the piney lift to let you know you're drinking something a little left of centre but with plenty of fresh fruit and bright acidity to keep you coming back for more.

A one of a kind in Australian wine at the moment. Traditional and cutting edge all at once.

About Ari's Natural Wine Co.

In 1962, Ari Zafirakos came to Australia from his homeland in Greece. After missing the wine of his home, Ari began buying grapes from the local market and making wine using the same traditions and techniques he had used back home. 

Now, years later, his son Tony has caught the winemaking bug and is turning out some very interesting and delicious wines with one principle at his core, "nothing added, nothing taken away".

These wines are as natural as it gets. "I wouldn't even know how to add sulphur," says Tony. It's a family tradition that has now become Tony's obsession. A great new name to explore if you're a lover of natural wine.

Winemaker Tony Zafirakos
Winemaker Tony Zafirakos
Southern Highlands, NSW
Additional Info

From The Producer

Retsini is our homage to the traditional Greek wine style called Retsina – which is fermented with resin from the Aleppo pine tree.

Made from Chardonnay and Zibbibo, and of course pine resin which we source from the regional home of Retsina, in a small village in the mountains to the east of Athens. We’ve adapted this to our house style and used an orange wine with a shorter resin maceration, giving the phenolic fruitfulness of the wine a saline herbal freshness.

Blend : Chardonnay, Zibbibo
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Tony in the cellar
Tony in the cellar
Southern Highlands, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"It’s well balanced in the pine needle, resiny characters, slurpy textured, ripe with stone fruits, finished with ginger and preserved lemons. Lush, supple with chalky edges, a really vibrant and enjoyable, left of centre drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


Delivery is Free for any order of $99 or more, or just $10 for any orders less than $99. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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Do I have to order in dozens? No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts? No, our pricing is designed to be the best in market already - no marking up and then discounting down! For very large orders (weddings, etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call.

Do we price match? Yes, within reason. Everyday low & consistent pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll consider matching it. We'll even retrospectively issue you store credit if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

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