The company "Tsantali Vineyards & Wineries" is one of the largest wine producers and wine trading houses Greece, The head office is in the municipality of Agios Pavlos above Kassandra, the western headland of the Chalkidike peninsula in the region Macedonia, The roots are in Sidirochori in north-eastern Thrace in 1890, when the grandfather of today's Tsantali generation began Tsipouro (Pomace brandy). In 1922, the founder's five children (four sons, one daughter) emigrated to Serres (Eastern Macedonia). The brothers Theodoros and Evangelos first worked in a drinks company and founded a distillery for in 1938 ouzo, In 1945 Evangelos Tsantalis (1913-1996) emigrated to Thessaloniki (Theodoros stayed in Serres). He started in Naoussa To prepare red wine. However, there was no own winery, but bought wines were bottled and marketed. Today the company is run by the third generation of President Ioanna Tsantalis and Vice President Dr. Georgios Tsantalis led.
There are four wineries today. The first was in 1970 Naoussa in Macedonia put into operation. Then followed in 1974 the current main winery Agios Pavlos on the three-finger peninsula Chalkidike. The same year were on the Holy Mountain Athos (Eastern finger Chalkidike) 80 hectares of vineyards from St. Panteleimon Monastery in the monastery owned Domaine Metochi Chromitsa leased, recultivated and planted (picture). POP wines and various PGE wines in white, red and rosé are produced here, depending on the origin Agioritikos ("Heiligbergischer") may call. Some of them are in bock bag-like Bottles marketed. The third winery followed Rapsani at the foot of the "Götterberg" in Thessaly and chestnuts in Thrace as the fourth. Other wines are from the islands Limnos. Rhodes and Santorini supplied by local cooperatives.
The company's own vineyards cover over 200 hectares of vineyards in Maronia, Metochi Chromitsa on Mount Athos, Agios Pavlos in Chalkifdiki, Naoussa and Dion on Olympus. In addition, around 1,000 winegrowers deliver grapes that cultivate a total of around 1,100 hectares according to specified methods. Above all, the local varieties are cultivated Agiorgitiko. Assyrtiko. Athiri Aspro. Batiki. Mavroudi. Mavrodaphne. Roditis. Xinomavro and Zoumiatiko ( Dimyat ), as well as the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Merlot, Moscato ( Muscat Blanc ) Muscat d'Alexandrie. Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, The vineyards are cultivated using two cultivation systems. With certified integrated cultivation ( KIP ) this is done according to environmentally friendly criteria with reduced use of Pesticides and the best possible quality of the reading material. On the 110 hectares of their own vineyards Organic viticulture with complete waiver of pesticides practiced. If necessary, exclusively copper and sulfur used. The fertilization is made in a natural way with organic chicken manure and own marc humus carried out.
The winemaking from grape acceptance to bottling is carried out using the most modern technical systems and methods. These include pneumatic stainless steel presses, Rotofermenter and computer controlled jacketed fermentation tanks, as well as cryo extraction and Maceration carbonique, The wines are matured in the underground, fully air-conditioned barrel and bottle cellar in 2,500 new French barriques. Other well-known products are the Tsipouro brands Agiorgitiko, Makedoniko and Kanenas, as well as the Makedoniko Apostagma apo Stafili (grape brandy). The latter is bottled in a jug-like bottle, on which the wedding of the wine god is in relief Dionysos is represented with Ariadne. The model for the bottle shape and relief was the 2,300-year-old jug that was found near the Tsantali winery. Every year 20 million bottles of wine are produced, which are exported to 55 countries worldwide. Tsantali is one of the largest wine companies in the world,