My journey in the wine industry started 40 years ago. I am one of those people that lived the revival of the Greek wine, the spring or if you want, the qualitative revolution.
Since the beginning of 1980, I have been living in Mantineia and I am consistently making moschofilero.
Wine has absolutely changed a lot during this 40-year journey. Greek wine has made an advancement and I can say that today, Greek wine can compete all the rest.
Because we have a specific philosophy as Tselepos winery, we are very careful to the choice of the vineyard. So, we established a vineyard, which is unique in the area of Mantineia, in an altitude of approximately 780 meters, where we grow moschofilero.
It is very important that we have developed our techniques, in order to have the perfect technological ripening of the variety. Day after day, the moschofilero was the variety that led the way of the Greek wine abroad. Along with other three varieties, they are the ambassadors of Greece abroad and this is very important.
Today, moschofilero is numbered (based on numbers) as the variety that is exported all over the world. Now, we have been involved with other varieties such as Agiorgitiko in Nemea and Assyrtiko in Santorini, where we have set up even more two vineyards of exclusively those two varieties.
First of all, quality wine is the one that does not have oenological defects, but this is not enough in order to define the quality of a wine. It depends on whom we are addressing, for example, an industrial or commercial wine has different standards than a wine that is made to target even more specialized people and customers.
The big wine is the one that is oenological correct, has a character but also has some characteristics that differentiate it from an average wine and those are the condensing, the flavor and its personality.
Wine, as all the primary sector is a part of what Greece is able to do better than anyone else. The civilization, the primary sector, tourism and services are some of the components that should be included in this strategic plan. That’s why I believe that in order to be able to pass abroad a right image for this country, wine should have a plan, should have quality.
I am Giannis Tselepos, winemaker, viticulturist, wine expert and owner of the Tselepos Winery.
- Direction/Post Production: Panos Tsirozidis
- Camera: Dimitris Zografakis
- Production Co-ordination and Interview: DigitalWise – Niki Oikonomopoulou
- Texts & subtitles: Niki Oikonomopoulou
- Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou
The 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.
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