Vassilis Kourtakis (1865 – 1946)

Vassilis Kourtakis (1865 - 1946)The patriarch of Greece’s traditional wine, Retsina, was the first Greek oenologist in contemporary Greece to hold a degree in oenology.

Vassilis Kourtakis began his wine-making activities in Markopoulo, 30 km east of Athens, in the plain of the Mesogia, Attica. At the time the region was a major wine-growing and wine-producing area. Soon, the company Vassilis Kourtakis had founded grew into one of the major wine producers of Greece. In those days, wine was sold in bulk, targeting mostly the Athenian market and the nearby islands of the Argosaronic Gulf. In the early 20th century, the favorite wine of Athenians was none other than the traditional Retsina wine. Soon, Vassilis Kourtakis began to be touted as the wine producer who crafted the choicest of Retsina wines, a Retsina that had consistent quality, fine taste, and aroma.

The original company, which was founded in 1895, is today called “Greek Wine Cellars – D. Kourtakis S.A.”, with Vassilis Kourtakis, the founder’s grandson, at the helm. With a wide range of products in production and distribution, it is among the leaders in the Greek wine sector and boasts exports in 32 countries around the world.