Vassilis Tsaktsarlis, Ktima Biblia Chora leaders stamp

Biblia Chora’s philosophy centers on producing premium wines that express the unique character of the Pangeon ecosystem.

To achieve this goal, special care is taken during both cultivation and wine production, while making the most of the owners’ knowledge and experience, and combining tradition with technology.

Transcript

I come from a village in Thessaloniki, called Epanomi. My father and generally my father’s generation, all of them were cultivating vineyards and all of them were producing wine and their own tsipouro in the village.

In 1998, we started together with Vangelis Gerovassiliou and planted the first vines at the foot of Pangeon Mountain in Kokkinohori, Kavala. So we created Ktima Biblia Chora, which currently has a privately owned vineyard of five hundred and twenty acres, it is cultivated according to the standards of organic agriculture.

That’s why we have set up experimental vineyards, we test the varieties, and when a variety adapts well to the area, we make the wine.

The quality of the wine is a quite difficult thing. Defining the quality of the wine depends on many factors and of course, on the person who tastes the wine. Of course, there are international standards of testing where, based on these standards, depending on the color, the intensity of the color, the taste, the aroma of wine, the wine is graded and given its quality level according to the place where it is produced.

Wine always existed, and even from antiquity, where there was wine, there was culture. In antiquity, Greeks were always creating both culture and wine, and wherever they were going, they were carrying the vine, in order to make wine.

In Greece, at the moment and especially in the last 20 – 25 years, we produce high quality wines. These high-quality wines, by testing them abroad, raise the image of Greece and the idea that we are a region of high quality wines and other products.

Wine exports have grown a lot lately. This means that more quality Greek wines are sold abroad, being tested by more and more foreign consumers.

Through the wine, we also give the impression that our country can produce special products thanks to its location, its climate and its people.

In winemaking and viticulture, what we do is continuous. We start by pruning, we grow the vine, and produce the wine and this is a continuous cycle, repeated every year.

Also, we experiment every year with new varieties, new flavors and certainly with unknown varieties. What we are doing in the Ktima Biblia Chora lately and over the last five years, is an experimental vineyard, in order to make high quality wines.

My name is Tsaktsarlis Vassilis, I am a chemist, oenologist and co-owner of Ktima Biblia Chora.

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

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.

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