THE STONE WINERY
Nikolas Hatziemmanouil was the first to revive the art of winemaking in Kos, producing wine from 1929 in the stone winery located in Marmaroto. Born and raised on the island, which was at the time under Italian occupation, at the age of 29 he decided to make use of the family’s vineyards. The wine, which was sweet and distributed in flasks, was made with "pseema", an ancient technique where a percentage of the grape juice is boiled and concentrated before being added back to the rest of the must into concrete vats for fermentation.
FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
In 1958 Nikolas' son, Costas returned from Australia, where he worked for some years, and took over the reins of the family business. As a young boy he watched his father in the winery hide the wine in large ceramic flasks under the hollow floor boards in order for the Italians to not confiscate it. Costas insisted on producing sweet wine with the same ancient technique.
THE FIRST DRY WINE
Shortly before the turn of the millennium, one of his three children, Vassilis, decided to professionally embark into the practices of viticulture and winemaking. As a third generation winemaker he was initially taught the correct vine care from his father and then planted some vines in the local area of Asfendiou in order to produce dry wine. In 1998, for the first time in the family’s history, they produced dry wine, harmoniously combining the Greek varieties of malagouzia, assyrtiko and siderite.
THE FIRST BOTTLING
After seeing the great response that his wine had and the future prospects created, Vassilis Hatziemmanouil quickly realized that he had to renovate the winery in order to obtain a bottling license. The walls were painted, the old machinery went through meticulous maintenance, the premises were cleaned out and the first bottles were bought. In 1999, the Hatziemmanouil family obtained their bottling license and launched their first label!
THE NEW WINERY
Demand was increasing every year but the raw material was proving to be insufficient, resulting in Vassilli gradually expanding the family vineyard. In the meantime, he begins the proceedings needed for building a new winery, equipped with modern machinery, which would be able to support the production of quality wines. In 2004, the new winery was completed, and a collaboration with the oenologist Υiannis Flerianos begins, while Joanna, Vassili’s wife, undertakes the administration and the communication of the business.
THE "GOLDEN" YEAR
Thirteen years after the first bottling took place, the Hatziemmanouil family participated in the Lyon International Wine Competition. Their years of hard work and dedication to the production of quality wines is recognized. The winery wins its first gold award for the ‘Syrah’ and the wine ‘White’ also receives the silver award.
THE FOURTH GENERATION
After inheriting his grandfather’s passion for vines and his father’s passion for wine, Konstantinos Hatziemmanouil, prepares to take over. Currently, he takes part in the agricultural work, learns the secrets of winemaking and attends oenology classes. His sisters, Anastasia and Elena, are also close to support the efforts of their family.