The Greek winery with headquarters in the municipality Metsovo
in the wine-growing region of the same name in the region Epirus
was created in 2002 by the merger of two wineries Katogi Averoff and Strofilia. In the late 1950s, Metsovo-born Evangelos Averoff-Tosistas (1910-1990) founded a winery and introduced foreign vines, notably Cabernet Sauvignon. He blended this strain for the first time with native ones such as the autochthonous ones Agiorgitiko
, This was the first cuvée in Greece with an international and a Greek grape variety. The extremely full-bodied red wine was marketed under the name Katogi Averoff
. Since Averoff was in Greece from 1956 to 1963 as Foreign Minister and from 1974 to 1981 as Secretary of Defense, he could muster little time for the winery.
The winery Strofilia
in Metsovo was founded in 1930 and acquired in 1981 by the family Maltezos, which also owns a winery in Anavissos (Attica). Strofilia was known in 1985 with a wine from the autochthonous varieties Savatiano and Roditis. In the 1990s, a second winery in Nemea (Peloponnese) was opened. After the merger, both names were retained as product names. Total vineyard area totals 110 hectares in three regions. In addition to the land wines Katogi and Strofilia from Metsovo, the three OPAP wines Naoussa
(both Peloponnese) produced. It is also produced pomace brandy and vinegar. Other activities include the "Averoff Art Gallery" (museum of works by the most important Greek artists of the 19th and 20th centuries) and the "Katogi Averoff Hotel" opened in 2008.