Mr. Thrass. Giantsidis
Tel: +30 23920 44567
Fax: +30 23920 44560
Ktima Gerovassiliou was established by Evangelos Gerovassiliou in 1981. He started planting Greek and foreign grape-varieties in the family vineyard of 2,5 ha, in the area of Papamola at Epanomi, approx. 25km. southwest of Thessaloniki – in an ideal ecosystem for the vineyard’s cultivation. The privately – owned vineyard nowadays stretches in the area of 63 ha.
In the vineyard the following Greek and foreign varieties have been planted and are being cultivated with special care: Assyrtiko, a Greek white variety which predominates in Santorini, Malagousia another Greek white variety which was vinified for the first time by Vangelis Gerovassiliou. Greek red varieties include Limnio, the oldest attested Greek varietal mentioned by Aristophanes Mavroudi and Mavrotragano. French white varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, while French red varieties are Syrah and Merlot. Constant research and experimentation is carried on in well-known and little known Greek varieties.
The System of Integrated Management Standards is been practised at the vineyards that aims at the production of wine grapes with a certified procedure fulfilling all quality and safety specifications and also respect to the environment, employees and the consumer.
The estate is family run, traditional by one side and progressive on the other. Traditional and classic methods are been practiced aiming at the production of quality wines produced exclusively by the estate grown grapes, expressing the characteristics of the microclimate and terroir of our land.
The maiden vintage was in 1986, when the first part of the small but ultra modern winery was built. The winery is surrounded by the vineyard and comprises four large areas (production area, bottling area, underground barrique cellars, tasting halls and a museum of wine items).
All the wines are produced from the privately owned vineyard and are classified as Protected Geographical Indication Epanomi. All of them have been awarded numerous international awards and honors due to their consistent high quality. The exports of Ktima Gerovassiliou are about 30% of the total production. Most of them are mainly European countries (Germany, France, U.K., Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Cyprus, Austria, Holland, Luxembourg, Spain etc) and some part goes to U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Brazil and Australia.
Ktima Gerovassiliou is open to visits by wine lovers or, indeed, anyone who wishes to get acquainted with the world of wine. It is a founding member of the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greek Vineyards and is an active participant in all activities of Wine Roads of Northern Greece, which is a pioneering program of touristic and cultural activities, developed by the joint initiative of northern Greek wine producers. The visit in the Estate includes a brief tour of the vineyard and a conducted tour to the production, bottling, ageing areas and to the Wine Museum. The visitor has the opportunity to taste the estate wines in the winery’s tasting halls, which are specially designed for this purpose and enjoy the beautiful view over the vineyard.
The cultivation of the vine and concept of wine, as an object of cultural value, forms the fundamental purpose of Ktima Gerovassiliou; the Ktima, therefore, is open to friends of any age and even schools in order to promote wine culture and to impart the proper consumption of wine in a specially designed and equipped area. For the same purpose it has published a number of books relating to wine and vine, including a fairytale for the educational programs of the winery and the Wine Museum.
The most significant part of the museum is its corkscrew collection, unique of its kind in Greece and rare in the wider world, because of the large number and rarity of the corkscrews. The collection consists of approx. 2500 corkscrews dating back to the 18th century.