In memoriam: Haridimos Hatzidakis

In memoriam: Haridimos Hatzidakis


The world of Greek wine is in mourning, following the passing of winemaker Haridimos Hatzidakis. A universally liked and respected winemaker, he was known and admired for his affection and respect for the native grape varieties of Santorini, where he lived and worked.

Haridimos Hatzidakis was born and raised in Crete. He studied in Athens at the Higher College of Oenology and Beverage Technology and worked as an oenologist in Crete and Santorini. He first arrived in Santorini in the early 1990s, to work as an oenologist at the Boutari Winery on the island. When he decided to become a winemaker himself, he began by restoring a deserted vineyard just outside of Pirgos and started a small winery using second-hand equipment. He made his first wines, from Mavrotragano, in 1997, while his first PDO Santorini bottling was in 1998. By 1999, the first Hatzidakis wines started to find their way into the domestic market.

Just under 20 years later, the wines of Hatzidakis Winery, made in new premises that were completed in 2016, are sought after all over the world, as they are considered highly typical and expressive of the renowned terroir of Santorini.

Haridimos Hatzidakis was a man of low profile and high ethos. He will be dearly missed and remembered through his legacy that will help shape the wines of Santorini for years to come. All of us at express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Ted Lelekas founder.

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