Tsantali Vineyards & Wineries is one of the largest wine producers and wine merchants Greece, The head office is in the municipality of Agios Pavlos above Kassandra, the western headland of the Chalkidiki peninsula in the region Macedonia, The roots are in 1890, when the grandfather of today's Tsantali generation began in Sidirochori in northeastern Thrace Tsipouro (Pomace brandy) to produce. In 1922, the five children (four sons, one daughter) of the founder emigrated to Serres (East Macedonia). The brothers Theodoros and Evangelos first worked in a beverage company and founded in 1938 a distillery for ouzo, In 1945, Evangelos Tsantalis (1913-1996) emigrated to Thessaloniki (Theodoros stayed in Serres). He started in Naoussa To prepare red wine. But there was no own winery, but it was bottled and marketed wines. Today, the company will be run by President Ioanna Tsantalis and Vice President Dr. Georgios Tsantalis led.
There are four wineries today. The first was in 1970 in Naoussa in Macedonia put into operation. Then in 1974, today's main winery Agios Pavlos on the three-peninsula Chalkidike. The same year were on the Holy Mountain Athos (eastern finger Chalkidike) 80 hectares of vineyards of the monastery of St. Panteleimon in the monastery's own domain Metochi Chromitsa leased, recultivated and planted (image). Here POP wines and various PGE wines are produced in white, red and rosé, depending on the origin Agioritikos ("Heiligbergischer") may call. In part they will be in bock bag-like Bottles marketed. As the third winery followed Rapsani at the foot of the "Götterberg" in Thessaly and Maronia in Thrace as fourth. Other wines are from the islands Limnos. Rhodes and Santorini supplied by local cooperatives.
Its own vineyards cover over 200 hectares of vineyards in Maronia, Metochi Chromitsa on Mount Athos, Agios Pavlos in Chalkifdiki, Naoussa and Dion on Mount Olympus. In addition, about 1,000 winegrowers deliver grapes, which cultivate around 1,100 hectares according to given methods. Above all, the native 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 managed by two cultivation systems. For certified integrated cultivation ( KIP ) this is done according to environmentally friendly criteria with reduced use of Pesticides and the best possible quality of the grapes. On the 110 hectares of its own vineyards will be Organic viticulture with complete abandonment pesticides practiced. If necessary, become exclusive copper and sulfur used. The fertilization becomes natural with organic chicken manure and own marc humus carried out.
The winemaking from the grape reception to the bottling is carried out with the most modern technical equipment or methods. These include pneumatic stainless steel presses, Rotofermenter and computer - controlled skinned fermentation tanks, as well as cryoextraction and Macération carbonique, The maturation of the wines takes place in the underground, fully air conditioned barrel and bottle cellar in 2,500 new French oak barrels. 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 the relief of the wedding of the wine gods Dionysos with Ariadne. Model for bottle shape and relief was the 2,300 year old pitcher, which 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,