It’s impossible to overestimate the influence Vangelis Gerovassiliou has had in the history and evolution of modern Greek wine. Born to a farming and grape-growing family in Epanomi he went on to study Oenology and Viticulture in Thessaloniki and Bordeaux. The knowledge and experience gained in France were instrumental to develop his world-class winaking skills and tasting ability. On the other hand, they also made him sure of the unique potential of Greece’s terroir, grapes and heritage.
In 1981, after five years as winemaker at renowned Domaine Porto Carras, he returned to his small family vineyard and created Ktima Gerovassiliou. The original 2.5hectares of the family holding were replanted with multiple varieties, both indigenous and international, thus marking the beginning of what is now one of Greece’s most recognisable wineries.
Kitma Gerovassiliou has since expanded considerably, now covering 72 hectares farmed under careful sustainability principles that promote biodiversity. Vangelis has also started multiple other projects, in Greece and beyond: Biblia Chora in Kavala, Dyo Ipsi in the Peloponnese, Mikra Thira in Therasia and Escapades in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
One of Vangelis’ earliest and most decisive contributions to Greek wine, achieved while working at Porto Carras in the 1980s, was reviving the then almost extinct variety Malagousia. If it can now be found across multiple Greek vineyards is much due to his efforts and research. Not surprisingly, this was also one of the varieties planted at Ktima Gerovassiliou. Here we have a fine expression of Malagousia that showcases all the potential of the variety as well as Gerovassiliou’s winemaking skill. It is a single-varietal and single vineyard wine of great character both due to the quality of the fruit and the fact that it undergoes a short period of maceration (contact with the skins), partial fermentation in oak and a period of ageing on the lees (dead yeasts). All these factors contribute to amazing depth and complexity.
What’s in the glass: A golden wine with hints of green, whose colour reflects perfectly the aroma profile: ripe pear, white peach, mango and lime zest. The palate is broad and soft, with intense flavours of lemon curd, yellow apple and peach. Measured and well-integrated acidity adds an elegant grip and supports the persistent finish.
Grape Variety: Malagousia
Region/Appellation: Epanomi PGI, NW Greece
Alcohol content: 13.5% ABV
Current vintage: 2020
Ideal serving temperature: 12ºC
Drinking window: Drink now or cellar for up to four years.
Pairs perfectly with: Seafood, grilled chicken, pasta dishes with creamy sauces, goats cheese salad.