Producer

Tsantali

Country

GREECE

Region of production

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Founded

1890

Climate

Mediterranean

Soil composition

The mix of clay, sand and loam-based soils in the north. Volcanic soils on the Island of Santorini.

Vineyard

136 hectares owned, 80 hectares managed, 1200 hectares of co-operative vineyards (Santorini)

Agriculture

Organic and sustainable practices

Production Volume

Roughly even split of red and white wine produced in the north. Mainly white wine in Santorini.

Varieties Grown

Cabernet Sauvignon , Grenache Noir , Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah

Ages of Vines

Ranging from 20 to 70 years’ average age depending on site

Behind the Wines

EVANGELOS TSANTALIS

Evangelos Tsantalis played a pivotal role in reviving the concept of terroir in Greece. In 1938, Evangelos took over management of his family’s distillery and vineyards, quickly growing the business to include a new winery in Serres and distillery in Thessaloniki. Seeing excellent vineyard sites lying abandoned, and plantings of native grape varieties dwindling throughout Greece, Evangelos set himself a mission. Expanding first into Naoussa, and later to Mount Athos, Rapsani and Maronia, Evangelos worked tirelessly to restore top vineyard sites to their former glory and re-plant high-quality indigenous grapes.

THE FIRST FAMILY OF GREEK WINE

“We strive to support our local communities, preserve the environment, promote the authenticity of Greek viticulture and stand out as pioneers of entrepreneurship.” - The Tsantali Family
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The Tsantali family has been cultivating vineyards and distilling ouzo in Greece since 1890. Today, Tsantali’s vineyards stretch from Northern Greece to Santorini. They are renowned worldwide as a leading producer of fine Greek wines.

HALKIDIKI

The vineyards of Agios Pavlos Halkidiki, southeast of Thessaloniki, stretch across gentle slopes rolling down to the sea. The unique microclimate and sandy-clay soils here yield the crisp, mineral Assyrtiko white wines of Tsantali’s organic Klima Klima range. Rich, rounded Xinomavro red wines are also crafted here.

MOUNT ATHOS

In 1969, while out hunting, a sudden storm drove Evangelos Tsantalis to seek shelter in the Saint Panteleimon monastery. Upon seeing the dilapidated vineyards surrounding the property, Evangelos began an ambitious ground-up restoration. Soon after, the Agioritikos white wine of Mount Athos was recognized as the first ever regional wine of Greece. 

RAPSANI

The vineyards of Rapsani extend across the southern slopes of Mount Olympus. In the 1980s, the vines were on the brink of abandon with local growers living below the poverty line. Investments by the Tsantali were instrumental in reviving the region. In 2015, their Rapsani Grande Réserve red was named best Greek Wine by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

MARONIA

Maronia is located on the Aegean Sea in northeastern Greece. Tsantali’s vineyards form a natural, southeast facing amphitheatre rising up to 300-metres in altitude. The native red variety Mavroudi thrives on the deep clay-sandy soils here. This vineyard was the first in Greece to use precision agriculture. 

SANTORINI

In 2012, Tsantali formed a strategic partnership with the 1200-member substantial Santorini co-operative winery, Santo Wines. The combination of volcanic soils and low yielding, ungrafted old vines give incredibly vibrant dry Assyrtiko white wines and lusciously sweet Vin Santo.