Photographer's Note

This house was built in 1754 by a wine grower and merchant. His name was Manolis Kordopulis. Nowadays his name sounds Greek. But in the Ottoman empire one could not definitely say only from the name who was who. Neither from the spoken language. People usually spoke several languages: the official Turkish, the commercial and ecclesiastical Greek, the popular Slavic languages and the Latin-like Valachian (basis of the contemporary Romanian). It was much like in today's multilingual Spain.

The house could hold up to 300 000 liters of wine in an 80 meters long cave, which was dug in the sandy rocks behind the house. The house was one of the biggest for his time.

In my workshop you can see one of the successors of the place with a glass of last year wine in the hand. He also produces wine, but not in commercial quantities - a glass of his wine is freely included in the price of the entrance ticket.

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Additional Photos by Anton Lefterov (edal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 96 N: 1988] (6804)
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