Photographer's Note

For those knowledgable about the Greek wine industry, Gerovassiliou needs no introduction. For the unfamiliar, it will help to know that the resumes of the two partners have more in common than not: Both were born in Epanomi, just south of Thessaloniki; both studied at the University of Thessaloniki (Gerovassiliou agronomy, Tsaktsarlis chemistry); and both completed their studies at the University of Bordeaux. Gerovassiliou was the oenologist for the forward-thinking Estate Porto Carras from 1976-1999. The then 21-year-old Tsaktsarlis cut his teeth working there under Gerovassiliou in 1988. It was the beginning of a long personal and, now, professional relationship.

Ultimately Gerovassiliou became famous for the eponymous wines he produces at the estate he founded in his home village in the early 1980s. Tsaktsarlis, following a brief practicum at the Boutari company, was chosen to head winemaking at Domaine (Kostas) Lazaridi in Drama in 1992. During his tenure there, Tsaktsarlis' smart, accessible wines made the winery the first internationally recognized Greek fine wine producer. Gerovassiliou, meanwhile, was credited with establishing the highest standards in the country for fine wine production. When it became clear that the time had come for Tsaktsarlis to establish his own label, the ever-supportive Gerovassiliou was a natural–and enthusiastic–choice of collaborator.


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