ellar No. 10 is one of the oldest buildings of ACHAIA CLAUSS and is located approximately in the centre of the settlement. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that some of the barrels it houses, containing Mavrodaphne, have been dedicated by Gustav Clauss and his successors to personalities of the ecclesiastical, political, artistic and intellectual world that have visited the winery. This tradition, still continuing to this day, dates back to the visit of Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary to Gutland, in 1885, in honour of which Gustav Clauss gave the name “Imperial Cellar” to this cellar.
Carrying the aura of imperial presence itself within it, the “Imperial Cellar” hosts a total of 167 Mavrodaphne barrels, 30 of which are dedicated and 4 have representations from Greek Mythology.
- Barrel with 4,140 L. capacity, with 1873 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Helmuth von Moltke, in 1890
- Barrel with 4,080 L. capacity, with 1873 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Otto von Bismarck, in 1889
- Barrel with 13,195 L. capacity, with Mavrodaphne, dedicated to King George I of Greece in May 1898
- Barrel with 13,195 L. capacity, with Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Queen Olga of Greece in May 1898
- Barrel with 4070 L. capacity, with 1885 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Queen Olga.
- Barrel with 2470 L. capacity, with 1885 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Alexandra Princess of Wales in May 1899
- Barrel with 4060 L. capacity, with 1883 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to King George II in April 1937
- Barrel with 4090 L. capacity, with 1896 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to King Paul I in April 1949
- Barrel with 2545 L. capacity, with 1940 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to: a) the Hellenic Royal Air Force – Araxos Base on 28 October 1949
and b) Hans Ehrenstrale, in December 2003
- Barrel with 4070 L. capacity, with 1898 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in October 2000
- Barrel with 2510 L. capacity, with 1899 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Nadia Comăneci in April 2002
- Barrel with 2480 L. capacity, with 1887 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Dimitris Mytaras.
- Barrel with 2480 L. capacity, with 1934 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to: a) Manolis Glezos
and b) Dariel Alarcon Ramirez, or “Benigno”, in November 2002
- Barrel with 3395 L. capacity, with 1930 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to: a) Tito Patrikios in April 2003, and b) in Andrew V. Schally, in April 2010
- Barrel with 3395 L. capacity, with 1930 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Dimitris Maronitis in April 2003
- Barrel with 2480 L. capacity, with 1931 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Prince Albert of Monaco in September 2003
- Barrel with 2480 L. capacity, with 1888 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to: a) Lucio Dalla in June 2004, and b) Calliope, in December 2004
- Barrel with 1975 L. capacity, with 1934 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Kostas Tsoklis in September 2004
- Barrel with 2445 L. capacity, with 1933 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias in November 2007
- Barrel with 1975 L. capacity, with 1930 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Nana Mouschouri in June 2008
- Barrel with 2490 L. capacity, with 1896 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Mr Ieronymos in November 2008
- Barrel with 1980 L. capacity, with 1935 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Mary Linda in September 2009
- Barrel with 2490 L. capacity, with 1928 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Dimitris Christofias in March 2010
- Barrel with 1929 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Μ. Grimaldi in October 2010
- Barrel with Mavrodaphne dedicated to Giannis Xanthoulis in June 2011
- Barrel with Mavrodaphne dedicated to Vasilikos Sakkas in September 2011
- Barrel with 1922 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Thanos Mikroutsikos in November 2011
- Barrel with 1901-1902 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Mark Grauwels & Christophe Delporte in May 2012
- Barrel with Mavrodaphne dedicated to Sonia Theodoridou and Theodoros Orphanidis, in May 2013.
- Barrel with 1904-1905 Mavrodaphne, dedicated to Rotary international in March 2014
BARRELS WITH REPRESENTATIONS FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY
The “Imperial Cellar” also hosts four carved wooden barrels with representations from Greek mythology.
1. Representation of the myth of god Dionysus and the Tyrrhenian pirates, crafted by the sculptor Nikolaos Stefanidis in 1967.
2. Representation of Hercules receiving a treat by goddess Athena, crafted by the sculptor Nikolaos Stefanidis in 1968.
3. Representation of Dionysus receiving a treat by his wife Ariadne, by sculptor Nikolaos Stefanidis in 1969.
4. Representation of Satyrs treading grapes, crafted by an unknown sculptor in Aegio.
* The above study was prepared as part of the survey conducted by Mrs Rodoula-Koumaris Stathakis on the handmade barrels of ACHAIA CLAUSS, which was released as a book in 2011 with the title «“Achaia” The winemaking company and its handmade barrels».
The stone buildings, the large carved oak barrels with one century-old Mavrodaphne, the traditional Cava Danielis for welcoming visitors, the new “Varelatiko” museum, but also the unique landscape with magnificent views attract thousands of visitors every year.