Domaine Gerovassiliou wine producer

Domaine Gerovassiliou
Regarded by many as the best winemaker in Greece, Evangelos “Vangelis” Gerovassiliou was born in 1951 at Epanomi, 25km to the southwest of the city of Thessaloniki in northeast Greece.  After reading agriculture at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, he travelled to France to study wine under the famed Professor Emile Peynaud of Bordeaux University.
 
On his return home in 1976 he became oenologist at Domaine Porto Carras (“Château Carras”), then the foremost winery in Greece.  There he recognised the potential of Malagousia, one of dozens of rare varieties collected and preserved in the estate’s experimental vineyard.
 
In 1981 Vangelis began to revive his family vineyards at Epanomi, planting Malagousia and other native Greek varieties alongside French ones.  A state of the art winery was built in time for the 1986 vintage and the first Ktima Gerovassiliou wines were released three years later.  (Ktima means ‘estate’ or ‘domaine’.)  Subsequent expansion has raised the area under vine from 4.5ha to 62ha and the winery has been enlarged five times.
 
The vineyards lie on sandy, chalky soils filled with sea fossils, and benefit from the cooling effect of the Thermaic Gulf to the north and the Aegean Sea to the west and south.  They are worked and harvested entirely by hand, and cultivated according to Integrated Pest Management, a system that aims to reduce chemical use by encouraging natural predators.
 

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