It all started with love… when Vagelis Chatzivaritis met his soon to be wife Olga Iakovidou in 1981. She was from Goumenissa, a place with a long tradition in winemaking. Little did he know that this was the place where he would, later on in life, dedicate himself into the creation of a very unique and widely undiscovered Greek wine.
Being a wine lover himself, and a man who also appreciated fine food and the simple pleasures of life, he started making his own wine to enjoy with the company of his good friends and close relatives. For Vagelis, wine making was simply a hobby and time-out from his demanding career as a mechanical engineer
In 1994 he planted the first 50 acres vineyard in Bindabla area (light-textured sandy loam soil). Expansion of the vineyard was inevitable and it was done gradually in the area of Filyria (medium –textured sandy clay soil). Today the vineyard of Chatzivaritis Estate consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .
Chatzivaritis estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtiko, and also cultures the popular Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon in smaller surfaces .
In 2007, a wonderful “boutique” winery was built in the vineyard of Filyria
Local storytelling says that the indigenous Greek varieties of the Xinomavro and the Negoska from which the P.D.O. Goumenissa Chatzivaritis is produced, was the wine of choice of Philip, the King of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Further to this, legend also has it that great quantities of wine from the region were transferred during the 1st World War to France because it was so exquisite.
Our story is far less grandiose. But it is a story made out of long summer Mediterranean-style family gatherings, endless late night discussions intoxicated by the love for wine making and a wine that speaks for itself.