Theodore “Ted” Manousakis was born in the village of Vatolakkos, Crete, on November 1, 1943. He emigrated to the US in 1955 as a young boy. After primary school he attended and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He attended The New York University, Stern School of Business, where he studied for his MBA Degree concentrating in the areas of Money, Banking and Finance.
Following his post-graduate studies, he became a successful businessman in various fields, including industrial security, hospitality and real estate.
Ted Manousakis was always a wine lover and his dream was to bring world class wine-making to his homeland, the island of Crete. In the early 1980s he acquired some land in the Lefka Ori mountain range, just above Vatolakkos, with hopes to one day plant vineyards on these properties. Ted, being a businessman and not a viticulturist nor an oenologist, called upon some of the top names in the wine industry, to help him come up with a plan to produce premium, organically farmed grapes in Vatolakkos. Laurence Feraud, Lucie Morten, Bruce Zoecklein, Pascal Marchand and Yves Herody all consulted on this exciting project.
In 1993, Ted planted the first Manousakis Winery vineyards and in 1997 the first bottle of Nostos Wines was produced. The Manousakis Winery wines have received high recognition in Greece and in the US. To accommodate the increase needed in production, a new winery was completed in 2012. Domaine Manousakis currently exports to the U.S., Austria, Cyprus, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and South Korea.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Rema, and returns to his home in Crete for four months during the year. His daughter Alexandra lives in Crete and manages the Manousakis Winery. His other daughters live in the US.