George Salpigidis, “Evangelos Tsantalis S.A.” leaders stamp

The Tsantali family is among the oldest wine families in Greece.

This remarkable story of 125-years captures significant milestones of the Greek history and cherishes the will power of the human spirit. Through an adventurous route starting with the migration, today the Tsantali family carries on the family heritage rendering TSANTALI the major ambassador of Wines and Distillates from Greece around the globe.

Translation

Tsantali vineyards and wineries operates viticulturally in the entire North Greece.

In all these areas, we cultivate grapes and produce wine.

It is a job that seems easy.

However, it is a very difficult job, it requires the combination of various scientists and deep knowledge.

It is not only the weather that changes, the law system changes, consumers’ disposal of products change, the varieties that we cultivate change, and our knowledge on viticulture and winemaking changes.

If you add on, that the human factor has changed, we have already surpassed a generation that went away from the total absence of recordings and commandments and moved on to viticulturists that work with smartphone and PCs.

Someone can easily reach the production of high quality wine, he must grow wine grapes of excellent quality. We should keep in mind that wine is essentially produced in the vineyard, in the winery you just avoid destroying it.

In order to produce a high-quality wine, we should grow grapes and the winemaking that follows should be done in a way that will ensure on the one hand the existence of the uniqueness of the production area’s variety, and on the other hand the existence of the signature of people that produced the grapes and wine.

Greek wine has to go through a rough patch. We should keep in mind that in the past, when you talked to anyone abroad about the Greek wine, people though only about retsina.

So, in order to overcome those implications, a lot of work was required by many people.

We could say that Tsantalis vineyards and wineries gave viticultural life to many areas in the northern Greece, he gave people vines to grow and taught them the wine cultivation.

At that time, we are in a position both of vineyard restructuring and of proprietary vineyards expansion.

We start using the smart viticulture. We use GPS, satellites, images that have spectral signatures in order to be able to justify grapes’ quality, to justify quality inside the vineyard if it is needed and to produce different products.

I am George Salpigidis and I am the director of the wine growing department of “Evangelos Tsantalis S.A.”.

Credits

  • Direction/Post Production: Panos Tsirozidis
  • Camera: Dimitris Zografakis
  • Production Co-ordination and Interview: DigitalWise – Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Texts & subtitles: Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou

Τhe interview took place in the context of the thematic presentations and actions implemented by LoveGreece.com, aiming to promote the image of Greece abroad, through the faces of charismatic Greeks who signify the outward-looking Greece.

We warmly thank the Life Gallery athens hotel for its kind hospitality and for its contribution to the video shootings.