Evangelos Gerovassiliou

evangelos-gerovassiliouOne of Greece’s leading oenologists and winemakers, born in Epanomi, Thessaloniki. He studied Agronomy at the Aristoteleion Polytechnic of Thessaloniki initially, and subsequently he specialized in Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Bordeaux, France. During his studies there, he was assistant to the legendary Professor Emile Peynaud.

From 1976 to 1999 he held the position of oenologist at Domaine Porto Carras, in Halkidiki, where he contributed to the creation of some of the most iconic Greek wines of that period. It was during that time that he saved the then obscure white grape variety Malagouzia from extinction, while in the following years he played a key role in making it known and extremely popular across Greece and abroad.

In 1981 he began reviving the forgotten arts of viticulture and winemaking in his birthplace, Epanomi, where he founded his winery, Domaine Gerovassiliou. At the same time he began to collect tools and memorabilia related to winemaking, bottling and cooperage from around the world and he created the Gerovassiliou Wine Museum, which is housed in the same estate. His collection of corkscrews now comprises more than 2600 pieces, making Evangelos Gerovassiliou one of the leading collectors in the world.

In 1998, in collaboration with his friend and fellow oenologist Vassilis Tsaktsarlis, he founded Domaine Biblia Chora in the neighbouring region of Kavala. The estate has its own 350-acre vineyard, which extends along the slopes of Mount Pangeon surrounding the winery, and produces some of the best-selling wines in the Greek market. A few years later, the two friends, along with Sweden-based wine importer Takis Soldatos, also founded Escapades Winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Evangelos Gerovassiliou and his wife have three children. Their family’s vision is to continue the viticulture and winemaking tradition in their birthplace.