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Macedonia - Domaine Gerovassiliou
 

The Winemaker

Evangelos Gerovassiliou

Evangelos Gerovassiliou

Evangelos Gerovassiliou was born in the village of Epanomi in 1951 and comes from a family with a strong tradition in agriculture viniculture. His education included studies at the School of Agronomy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he has also taught until recently. Evangelos then left for France where he continued his education at Bordeaux University where he graduated with degrees in Oenology, Wine Tasting and Viniculture and Technology of Oenological Machinery. During the years he lived in Bordeaux, Gerovassiliou assisted Emile Peynaud in his tastings of the Bordeaux chatêaux wines.

Malagousia

Syrah

Avaton

 

From 1976 to 1999 he was the chief oenologist at Chatêau Carras, where some of the most distinguished Greek wines were produced. In 1983 he started the revival of viticulture in his home town, of Epanomi, which had been previously abandoned due to phylloxera. He longed to use his knowledge and experience to produce top quality Greek wine. Gerovassiliou first planted Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Merlot.

Gerovassiliou is considered the father of Malagousia, a very old indigenous Greek grape that was literally on the verge of extinction. In 1987 he established his estate winery and soon after his first bottled wines were released. These wines have been regularly receiving the highest awards in all the prestigious international wine competitions and are considered amongst the best wines in the world. Gerovassiliou is married and has 3 children who hope some day to carry on the family viticultural tradition in Epanomi.

The vineyard

Gerovassiliou estate

Gerovassiliou estate

This privately owned vineyard in Epanomi is approximately 25km southwest of Thessaloniki. The vineyards are only 3 kilometers from the sea which surround the estate on 3 sides. Gerovassiliou first planted a single vineyard of 4.5 ha in 1983 and now have 33ha of vines under cultivation. The first vine grown in this area date back to Byzantine times when the area was called "kali meria" or "good side", because of the good quality of local products. From the west one can see the Gulf of Thermaikos, Mount Olympos and and the coast of Pieria.

The area’s climate is characterized as Mediterranean with mild winters and warm to cool summers that are influenced by breezes coming from the sea. The vineyards’ soil consists mainly of sandy clay subtract formed by imported matter such as marine fossils which come from the fact that the surrounding hills were formed by alluvial deposits from the sea. Fossils can also be found in certain parts of the vineyard.

The vineyard

The vineyard

The first grapevines planted in 1983 included a selection of indigenous Greek varieties such as Assyrtiko and Malagousia as well as international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier for the whites and Syrah, Merlot and Grenache Rouge for the reds. Assyrtiko, a variety that is mainly found in Santorini, has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to local climatic conditions, especially in the large area of Macedonia originally planted in the 1960s, thanks to the people at Chatêau Carras and the Institute of Wine. Assyrtiko is currently used in the blends of most of the popular wines on the market because of its many desirable characteristics.

Evangelos Gerovassiliou was the first to experiment with the vinification of the nearly extinct Malagousia grape. He was also the first to recognize and establish the ability of this grape to produce high quality wines with body and aroma and when combined with Assyrtiko, which contributes intensity and acidity, produces exceptionally crisp white wines. The Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier grapes that are also grown here are fermented in barrel and yield wines with complex aromatic character and long finish. In order to produce full-bodied red wines Gerovassiliou, planted the French Syrah, Merlot and Grenache Rouge which are all ideally adjusted to the local ecosystem.

The Winery

Gerovassiliou wine museum

Gerovassiliou wine museum

Domaine Gerovassiliou’s state-of-the-art winery is located just outside the pretty village of Epanomi, a few kilometers from the sea. This ultra-modern winery includes every high tech feature available for today’s winemaking. The winery also includes tasting rooms and a wine museum that boasts a number of rare screw wine presses of past centuries, old tools for barrel repairing and vineyard pruning, agricultural machinery and a rare collection of corkscrews, unique for their variety and significance.

The Region

The beautiful village of Epanomi at the edge of the Thermaic Gulf is located approximately 25km from the charming city of Thessaloniki. The area is also known for a small but important hydro-biotope.

Thessaloniki, where the east meets the west, and Classical Greece finds Byzantio and Roman civilization. The town has a long and interesting history beginning from the years of Alexander the Great till nowadays. One can visit the wonderful Archaeological Museum with precious findings from the royal tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and the Byzantine Museum that highlights the history of the city since the beginning of Byzantine Empire till its decadence which lead to the Turkish occupation.

Thessaloniki is full with beautiful Byzantine churches and Roman monuments. One can also enjoy the beautiful view from Panorama, visit the old upper city where lies a Turkish quarter and blend with the colorful crowd of people in the center of the town and the old markets. The blend of all these civilizations are expressed in the fascinating Macedonian food. A rich gastronomical culture incorporates influences from Asia Minor and Pontos. In every corner there is a restaurant or ouzeri, something like the Spanish tapa places where one can enjoy many different appetizers with local distillates and excellent local wines.

 

 

 

Domaine Gerovassiliou

Winery:
57500 Epanomi
Tel: +30 23920 44567
Fax: +30 23920 44560
e-mail: ktima@gerovassiliou.gr
www.gerovassiliou.gr

US Importer
Cava Spiliadis USA
20-29 38th Street
Astoria, NY, 11105
Tel: 718.728.0022
Fax: 718.728.0023
www.cavaspiliadis.com

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Domaine Porto Carras
Domaine Wine Art
Ktima Kir Yianni
Ktima Pavlidis
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