One of the pioneers of the Greek boutique winery revolution in the latter part of the 20th century, was born in Athens in 1946. He is the founder and Managing Director of Domaine Hatzimichalis, located in Atalanti Valley of Central Greece.
Dimitris Hatzimichalis studied Economics at the University of Piraeus, and during that time he was also managing his family’s business – importing Grundig, Longines and Citizen products. In 1968 he started manufacturing TV sets in Greece, under license from Grundig. His success in this business helped him to realize his lifelong dream: to create high quality wines from his own vineyards, as a farmer.
Dimitris Hatzimichalis is a self-educated vine grower and winemaker. At the age of 21 he made his first wine in his house yard and later continued his passion using a small wine press in the premises of his family business and studying the history of wine. His love for wine and wine culture inspired him to buy his first 9 hectares in Atalanti Valley, which he chose because he was impressed by the area’s microclimate, in 1973.
The first years were not easy and he maintained a turkey farm, which helped him to support his wine business. The turkey has since been proudly displayed on the label of all Domaine Hatzimichalis wines. It was in the early 80s when the first batch of 1000 bottles of Domaine Hatzimichalis Cabernet Sauvignon found its way to the Greek market, making a significant impact. A decade later, the quality of the Domaine Hatzimichalis wines was recognized internationally, through a number of awards and accolades.
Dimitris Hatzimichalis has published five books and two albums related to wine culture. In addition, he has served as the President of the Association of Greece’s TV Producers, Secretary of the Association of Greek Importers of European Products, Member of the General Council of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Secretary of Greek Wine Federation and today is the President of Wines of Central Greece. He has two sons, Leonidas and Panagiotis, who are now actively involved in the family business.