Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Evangelos Gerovassiliou. He initiated the revival of the family vineyard by planting the nearly extinct Malagousia in 1981. This state of the art winery is now surrounded by 72 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year and his Malagousia remains the benchmark to this day.
Expressive and complex aromas of white pear, peach and lemon zest combine with floral hints. Delightful and refreshing on the palate it is rich and harmonious with a spicy, mouthwatering finish with a delicious flinty, mineral character.
Perfumed aromas of melon, ripe pineapple and lemon combine with toasty butterscotch notes. Opulent, with a richly oaked texture, beautiful balance and spicy minerality on the finish.
Expressive aromas of exotic fruits combined with hints of pepper, orange, jasmine, herbs and a touch of lemon. Beautifully refined on the palate which is characterised by richness, harmony and a bright lemony finish.
A luscious blend of three Greek indigenous varietals, where ripe dark fruits combine with notes of raisin, coffee, cacao and a hint of spice. Perfumed and polished, this smooth, medium bodied wine delivers sweet and sour notes of black plum, with depth and spice leading to a dry finish. Totally unique.
Benchmark Viognier with expressive aromas of exotic fruits, peach and pear combined with delicate hints of jasmine. Perfumed and elegant with a subtle smoky accent on the finish.
Concentrated yet elegant, the Estate Red offers a pronounced bouquet of black fruits, ripe plum and wild cherry, complemented by a hint of spice. On the palate gentle tannins are enhanced by great fruit intensity. It is round and harmonious with a long, spicy and persistent finish.
Ktima Gerovassiliou Winery
Greece has experienced one of the most dramatic makeovers in the wine world. Despite having thousands of years of vinous history, the modern wine scene in Greece is just a few decades old. Wineries, such as Ktima Gerovassiliou, have put Greece back on the wine map with the highest quality examples. Today, no wine enthusiast can miss out on Greek Wine.
The number of local varieties is stunning, and modern winemaking
techniques have merged with the country’s ancestral traditions. The result is wine
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Ktima Gerovassiliou is a winery on the slopes of Epanomi, not far from the vibrant Thessaloniki. Vangelis Gerovassiliou is behind this stunning estate, which he founded in 1981, taking over his family’s 2.5 hectares of vines in the Papamola region of Epanomi.
The winery’s first wines saw the light in 1986, and Mr Gerovassiliou has never looked back. Having studied Agriculture and Oenology, the enthusiastic winemaker knew Epanomi’s terroir was unique, but it took him many years to show the world what the region could do.
Vangelis Gerovassiliou is known for more than his family estate. The oenologist worked in Porto Carras from 1976 to 1999, where he revived the long-lost Malagousia grape. After working on many successful protects, Vangelis knew it was time to return home and give life to his Epanomi estate.
Ktima Gerovassiliou is a family effort. Here, the estate produces its own farmed grapes to create many wine styles with the highest quality standards. The estate comprises three buildings in a state-of-the-art operation unmatched in the area. Today, Ktima Gerovassiliou’s team tends 72 hectares of vines.
Local Assyrtiko, Limnio, Malaguisia and others share the area with international superstars, including Viognier, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. The Terroir Epanomi has a prestigious Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.
The sea breeze runs for four kilometres to freshen the vines; the sea surrounds Ktima Gerovassiliou’s vineyards on three sides. Mount Olympus is not far, providing the verdant vines with a godly view.
The soil here is sandy, but poor clay and calcareous soils give variety to the land. Both white and red Vinifera varieties thrive in Epanomi’s free-draining soils — the entire area was once underwater! Ktima Gerovassiliou grows marvellous grapes while protecting the environment.
They work with the highest standards to ensure their operations have a low impact on the area. Everything, from pruning the vines to harvesting the grapes, is done by hand, making growing grapes increasingly time-consuming and labour- intensive, but it’s worth it.
Ktima Gerovassiliou is home to twenty-eight types of birds, and the vineyards have become one with the ecosystem. This guarantees that Epanomi will be there for future generations to enjoy, Vangelis’s ultimate goal.
With such meticulous attention to viticulture, fine wine is a given.
The only thing left to do is show the world what’s going on in Epanomi and the
estates, like Ktima Gerovassiliou, that call it home.
Ktima Gerovassiliou’s wine collection covers all wine styles with thirteen labels. The core range comprises a white and a red wine, both under the Epanomi PGI.
The white wine is a blend of Malagousia and Assyrtiko, while the red wine combines Syrah, Merlot and Limnio — this one spends time in French oak. The winery also has a comprehensive mono-varietal range.
Enjoy wines made with Malagousia, Xinomavro, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah. Then you have Ktima Gerovassiliou’s finest offerings: Avaton is a blend of Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano.
The wine is aged in Burgundian barrels. Evangelo is a Rhône-inspired Syrah-Viognier blend, co-fermented and aged in French oak. Finally, the winery has a Museum Collection Wine series.
One is a combination of five white varieties, Malagousia, Assyrtiko, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The red Museum wine blends the five red varieties cultivated on the estate: Limnio, Mavroudi, Mavrotragano, Syrah and Merlot. It goes without saying, Ktima Gerovassiliou has a wine museum on-site, and it’s well worth a visit.
The final wine in Ktima Gerovassiliou’s selection is a sweet wine made with
overripe Malagousia grapes. This beauty ages for three years in barrels and offers
the loveliest tropical fruit aroma.
Wine to Try
Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia
Malagousia is a native Greek varietal with an exciting story. The grape was saved from extinction in 1983 by Mr Gerovassiliou while working for Domaine Carras. Of course, he took the grape to his estate in Epanomi.
The wine is made with hand-picked grapes, cold-soaked and vinified in stainless
steel tanks. Some of the wine ferments in oak barrels, adding complexity to this
mono-varietal. The wine shows a green colour with stone fruit and tropical fruit
scents over a dry palate with a citrusy aftertaste. This is a superb wine to match Greece’s vibrant cuisine.
Greek wine is meant to be enjoyed with Mediterranean food, and the extraordinary wine from Ktima Gerovassiliou is no exception. The estate’s white wines are extraordinary when served with fried squid, whitefish, salads and crumbly cheese like feta. The red wines are best suited for stuffed bell peppers and tomatoes.
In fact, tomato sauces have an affinity for Ktima’s tart reds as well.
Of course, the winery’s sweet speciality is fabulous with fresh fruit and mildly sweet desserts, including custards, meringues and puff pastry. Greek food is one of the
most vibrant and healthy on the planet, and it’s best enjoyed with authentic Greek
On the slopes of Epanomi
Epanomi might not be the most famous wine region in Greece, but quality-minded producers are changing that one day at a time. Ktima Gerovassiliou is helping put Epanomi and Greece on the most exclusive wine lists and cellars worldwide, and championing local varietals as noble as the world’s most planted grapes.
If you want to experience Greek wine, Ktima Gerovassiliou is a wonderful place to start. Be warned, Mr Gerovassiliou sets the bar high for every other producer in the country (and the world). This is everything you want to find in wine and then some.