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 winemaking 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. Having helped propagate it across multiple Greek regions and vineyards (namely his own estate), he also carefully profiled it and experimented with different blending options. Malagousia’s generous aromatic expressiveness and proneness to oxidation proved to benefit from the balance brough by Assysrtiko’s acid drive. This is the core principle of Gerovassiliou’s Estate White, a fresh and easy-drinking white that can easily become your go-to pour. The varieties are simply fermented in stainless steel thus retaining all the freshness of aromas and flavours.
What’s in the glass: An approachable wine with lively aromas of lemon zest, melon and jasmine, topped by hints of orange blossom and green pepper. Fresh yet firm on the palate with citrus zing but also generous flavours of peach and pear. Lovely mineral edge with pleasant refreshing acidity.
Grape Variety: Malagousia, Assyrtiko
Region/Appellation: Epanomi PGI, NW Greece
Alcohol content: 13.5% ABV
Current vintage: 2019
Ideal serving temperature: 11ºC
Drinking window: Drink within year of release.
Pairs perfectly with: Oysters, grilled sea bream, Greek salad.