éla! is an organic farm, seasonal restaurant, and natural wine cellar nestled in a pastoral valley on the Greek island of Patmos.
Dedicated to the curation of natural wines and local organic food, éla! makes a spectacle out of telling agricultural stories — recalling a simpler, more inclusive methodology born out of cooking, drinking, eating, and pleasure!
Open from June to September, éla! sits on the terrace of a midcentury Patmian cottage that overlooks our vineyard and organic farm.
The terrace is a magical place. Blooming and fragrant, oleanders loom above as a three-hundred year old olive tree holds court over the view. Fig trees and lemon bushes pepper the gravel with ceramics and amphoras strewn about. The lighting Is Intimate and we pride ourselves on good, tender, funky tunes. All food & wine Is consumed on pinewood farm-tables, all handmade In Leros. They make for the sturdiest of canvases. Nothing Is precious here except for the art of a good chat.
Every dish from the restaurant is prepared outside on charcoal grills hand-crafted from Patmian stone. It’s a bit of a show.
Last summer we held a chef residency program where we invited Chefs Francesco Dolcetta Capuzzo from Rome (Le Trois Gros, Marzapane) and Ralph Sason from Istanbul. Using Ingredients from the garden and locally-sourced proteins, they respectively created dishes Inspired by their environment. Given full creative freedom, we carved out the space for them to dazzle and stun.
Over the past three years, we regenerated 2.5 acres of farmland on Patmos Island into a thriving oasis of good Greek soil. With the help of natural farming techniques, a once barren valley has become a lush green garden, teeming with organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Check it: peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, potatoes, onions, chives, basil, oregano, lavender, thyme, sage, and zucchini. We’ve got fruit trees — figs, guavas, pomegranates, salvia, lime bushes, mulberry, marigolds, and blooming oleanders that just keep giving. A flock of sheep that act like dogs, and cute chickens we’ll never eat.
Every year, we get a bit better. Siga, siga, as they say.
This summer, our chefs harvested the vegetables themselves and got groovy In the garden of éla! It’s Important that way. For them to feel like they understand the earth, the soil, the wildness of the green growing.
We picked petals fresh from the flower garden and created wild bouquets that we placed on the table each night.
The Natural Wine Cellar
Starting from just a few shelves of wine, we transformed a mid-century Greek cottage into a cellar that features a rotating selection of rare, low-production wines from Western Europe and Georgia.
Our cellar made its mark when we opened our doors in 2021 and became the first 100% natural wine bar in Greece.
Every spring we reinvent our cellar, exclusively telling the stories of winemakers who are dedicated to the ancient technique of low-intervention winemaking. Many of these winemakers in Greece have kept alive indigenous grape varieties that were verging on extinction. Every bottle is a wellspring of knowledge. We do our best to tell stories of the farmers, the daughters who wade in wine up to their knees and then stomp all of it out, toes dripping wet with juice.
There is no wine list at éla! It infuriates the few and relieves the rest. No posturing, pretending, searching for something familiar. No meandering through the same old wines, the steady ones, the sips that you can taste before the bottle even arrives at your table.
Every single person who enters éla! must be taken hand-in-heart, by them, into the cottage, our little house packed with wines.
Patmos is a curvaceous volcanic island perched in the South Aegean Sea. Known as the Island of the Apocalypse, Patmos is a spiritual retreat for travelers worldwide. It is thought that Patmos summons people with its spiritual energy, calling the lucky few to its seahorse shape. Who knows, but the calm and crystal blue waters are perfect for long swims, and there’s nothing better than a glass of wine after a long, refreshing swim.
éla! is located in the valley of Christos on Patmos Island. On your way from Kampos Beach to Lampi Beach, turn left at the wine barrel and follow the driveway all the way down the valley.*
* If you smell flowers and smokey kebabs, you’re going in the right direction!
We are open from June to September, every night from 7pm to midnight.
For private parties/weddings (we do them!), please email us.
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